War Diaries Talk

Ship symbol

  • Stork by Stork

    What is the symbol looking like a combined H and P in the last paragraph? This author has used it many times before the name of a ship.

    I think I got the answer here- AWD0003t9p He uses it after 'No. 24 General,' so does it mean 'Hospital?'

    Also, he records the unit strength every day- is it necessary to tag it every day, or just once per week or month?


  • cyngast by cyngast moderator

    Yes, I think it means Hospital. When it is combined with the name of a ship, it refers to a hospital ship.

    Let's see what Rob says about the unit strength.


  • marie.eklidvirginmedia.com by marie.eklidvirginmedia.com

    Article on Great War Hospital Ships.

    Mentioned is the ship Newhaven it gives the (Staff /Accommodation for Sick and Wounded/Period of Service) and mentions other Hospital Ships.

    Also Article and Photograph of the Newhaven.

    At the outbreak of World War 1 the Newhaven was requisitioned by the French navy for use as an auxiliary cruiser before being transferred to the British flag for use as a hospital ship. Recovered by her owners in 1919 she was, along with her sister the Rouen, the mainstay of the French side of the Newhaven-Dieppe service during the 1920's and 30's.


  • ral104 by ral104 moderator, scientist

    I agree - hospital ship.

    Re. unit strength - it doesn't look like it changes a great deal, so it should be fine to just tag it once for each month. The exception is if it does change dramatically at some point.

    Try and tag the first instance of it per month - that way we stand a good chance of other people tagging the same point, which helps us to make sure the tag is correct.