Lost on the “Lusitania”

The sinking of the Lusitania on 7 May 1915 is often regarded as one of the first war crimes. One of the victims lived in Berkshire, and the Clewer St Andrew parish magazine reported:

The terrible War has deprived us of one of the most well-known and respected of our residents, in the person of Mr. Edgar Gorer, of Sutherland Grange, who was one of the drowned in the sinking of the “Lusitania” by a German torpedo which involved the loss of 1200 lives of innocent people who, beyond their nationality and the fact that they were passengers on an English ship, had no connection whatever with the War. The loss of Mr. Gorer, though he had only lately become a resident among us, will be deeply felt by the poor. He was always most ready to help in any cases of distress and charity, and though of the Jewish religion, was a subscriber to our Parochial Funds. Since the beginning of the War, in order to enable married men to join the expeditionary forces, he generously provided for the payment of their rents. We desire to express on behalf of all our readers our deep and respectful sympathy for Mrs. Gorer in her terrible loss.

Clewer parish magazine, June 1915 (D/P39/28A/9)