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Killed in Action: 27 January 1917. Age 32.
Supplementary Notes: Drowned as a result of an attack by an enemy submarine.
Remembered: Tower Hill Memorial -London -United Kingdom.
ARTIST was a 3.570grt, defensively-armed British Merchant Ship. On the 27th January 1917 when 58 miles W ½ S from the Smalls, South Wales she was torpedoed without warning and sunk by a submarine. 35 lives lost including Master.
There were a few survivors who were picked up after two nights and three days in an open lifeboat including a young cadet officer Robert Davies Owen aged 18. He spent several months recovering from the affects of hypothermia and exposure. He went on to study medicine at Guy’s Hospital in London before becoming a leading Ear Nose and Throat surgeon at Cardiff Royal Infirmary. He died in 1990
The Secretary of the Admiralty makes the following announcement:-