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Ermine 1917

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2001-06-059

A foolscap cover addressed to Officer Commanding, 3rd Royal Marine Bn., c/o S.N.O. Mudros has the date stamp ARMY POST OFFICE SX 11 1 AU 17.

There is a m/s endorsement in ink "Saved from / Fleet Messenger / "Ermine" 2.8.17". There is a red oval receipt mark of 4.8.17. The backstamps read:

 

"BASE POST OFFICE X 1 AU 17 and ARMY POST OFFICE SX3 4 AU 17."

 

The Fleet Messenger H.M.S. Ermine was sunk by an explosion at 0055 hours 2 August 1917 during Salonika operations in lat. 40" 39 North, long. 23" 34 East.

She was a trawler built in 1903 of 181 tons and had one three pounder gun. She was first in the Navy List August 1915, Skipper Albert Thundercliffe, R.N.R.