However, as none of the senior naval officers of the Birkenhead survived, no-one was found to be to blameworthy. Wright of the 91st Argyllshire Regiment told the court martial. The order and regularity that prevailed on board, from the moment the ship struck till she totally disappeared, far exceeded anything that I had thought could be effected by the best discipline; and it is the more to be wondered at seeing that most of the soldiers were but a short time in the service.
Everyone did as he was directed and there was not a murmur or cry amongst them until the ship made her final plunge — all received their orders and carried them out as if they were embarking instead of going to the bottom — I never saw any embarkation conducted with so little noise or confusion.
In , a lighthouse was erected at Danger Point to warn shipping of the dangerous reef.
In , a remembrance plate for the Birkenhead was affixed to its base by the Navy League of South Africa. A new Birkenhead memorial was erected nearby in March A memorial in St Giles' Cathedral , Edinburgh , bears the following inscription:. In memory of Lieut. Russell, and forty-eight N. Frederick William IV of Prussia was so impressed by the bravery and discipline of the soldiers that he ordered an account of the incident to be read at the head of every regiment in his army.
Hemy painted a widely admired maritime depiction of the incident, "The wreck of the Birkenhead". The sinking of the Birkenhead is one of the earliest maritime disaster evacuations during which the concept of " women and children first " is known to have been applied.
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To take your chance in the thick of a rush, with firing all about, Is nothing so bad when you've cover to 'and, an' leave an' likin' to shout; But to stand an' be still to the Birken'ead drill is a damn tough bullet to chew, An' they done it, the Jollies -- 'Er Majesty's Jollies -- soldier an' sailor too! Their work was done when it 'adn't begun; they was younger nor me an' you; Their choice it was plain between drownin' in 'eaps an' bein' mopped by the screw, So they stood an' was still to the Birken'ead drill, soldier an' sailor too. The phrase also appears in Robert A.
Heinlein 's Double Star. I knew I was sunk-but, damn it, if you are caught by the Birkenhead Drill, the least you owe yourself is to stand at attention while the ship goes down. And if he was caught in the Birkenhead Drill, he could at least try to do his best till the ship went down. She had The final voyage of the Birkenhead also forms the basis of the historical novel Shark Alley: The Memoirs of a Penny-a-Liner by Stephen Carver, in which a radical Victorian journalist recounts his life while travelling on the ship as a special correspondent.
In , the nephew of Colonel Seton wrote that a certain Mr. Bandmann at the Cape obtained permission from the Cape Government to dive the wreck of the Birkenhead in search of the treasure. Only a few gold coins were recovered, which appear to have been the possessions of the passengers and crew. In , the British and South African governments entered into an agreement over the salvage of the wreck, sharing any gold recovered. Seton of the 74th Regiment of Foot , on a traverse of uncharted country between the Fraser Canyon and the coastal Lower Mainland in A few miles southwest from the head of Anderson Lake is Mount Birkenhead, on the north side of the low pass connecting the valley of those lakes to that of the Birkenhead River.
The river, the valley area near Mount Birkenhead known as Birken, and Birkenhead Lake at the summit of the pass were in turn named after the mountain, and not directly by Anderson. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other ships with the same name, see HMS Birkenhead. LVI : — London: Chatham Publishing. Retrieved 12 May New Africa Books. Warships of the World to Houghton Mifflin Books.
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Stand Fast. Traditional Publishing. The Times London 27 June , p. Buckingham, of Boston" is listed as one of the passengers.
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Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. For those wishing to learn more, I can only commend my own book, from which this article is drawn, Napoleon as a General. Express Review. Miniature Wargames Review. Back in , I received a book token for a Christmas present and used it to buy Great Escape Stories. This consisted almost wholly of World War II stories. The only exception was the story of Captain Farrar-Hockley, who was captured by the Chinese at the Imjim River and who escaped and was recaptured five times during his captivity from April until his release in August Rather later, I knew him as one of the Army's most senior and experienced commanders, one around whom you walked with circumspection.
Even so, I had little real idea of the depth and breadth of his service. The public at large knew a lot less, so it is appropriate and high time that the career of this most professional soldier is retold. His operational service was remarkable, especially by modern standards. Fighting the Germans and the Chinese left him convinced of the absolute necessity for hard training and positive leadership.
Any group he commanded had to be able to overmatch any opponent, and his concern for his soldiers greatly outweighed any thought of trimming his sails for any political, extraneous reason. During his service as a commander the British Army poured its resources into the British Army of the Rhine and the European Commitment, but then demanded that the far less well-resourced parts, including the Parachute Regiment, sort out the end of Empire commitments with outmoded equipment and baffling directives. It is no surprise, therefore, that the first units in Northern Ireland attempted to deal wi ht insurrection in the same way that they had dealt with riots in Egypt, Aden or Cyprus.
After his stellar performance in the Radfan, TFH became the poster boy of the unresourced half of the Army. But in the words of the author, at the conclusion of TFH's time in Northern Ireland in , "He have clear military advice to his political master and expected in return that be a consistency of approach, a statement of strategic objectives and then a reasonably hands-off policy to allow the military the freedom of action to proceed. But this was not how he was viewed within the military establishment. Field Marshal Carver's view was: "In a campaign so close to home and at such an early stage.
He was an uncomfortable presence, an outsider to the system and not properly house-trained, a man of the frontier, rather than of the drawing room. He was eventually allowed a stint in Germany, but as an outsider he was unable to reform the entrenched mindset that he found there. He was not allowed onto the Army Board at a time when the Army Board was noted for selecting clubbable chaps in its own image.
This is somewhat reminiscent of the position of Kitchener in The difference was, of course, that there was no national crisis that demanded his presence. Instead, he was sent to a senior NATO appointment in Norway, where he was forced to watch events unfolding at home that he would have been well able to assist with.
But by now, his reputation was that of a thundering Old Testament Prophet who brooked no compromise. That said, he must have taken comfort from the successes of the Paras in the Falklands, which would be seen as full vindication of his legacy.