This picture is a rare capture of David Salomons house, who was the Hon Colonel of the Kent (Fortress) Royal Engineers and had built up a Territorial force from 1912.

His only son Reginald was also a member of the regiment. These men were sent together to Gallipoli and were aboard the HMS Hythe ready to land at Helles when their ship was sunk by a British troopship The Sarnia. Over 150 men lost their lives that night, including Reginald Salomons, with 79 members of the KFRE 1st /3rd Company.

The full story of the Hythe disaster can be found in the book Southborough Sappers of the Kent (Fortress) Royal Engineers by Frank A. Stevens (2000).


Image courtesy of Darrienne Price


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