1915 May Footnotes

[1] RMS Lusitania was identified and torpedoed by the German U-boat U-20. She took on a heavy starboard list, and sank in 18 minutes. The vessel went down 11 miles (18 km) off the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland, killing 1,198 and leaving 761 survivors. The sinking turned public opinion in many countries against Germany, contributed to the American entry into World War I and became an iconic symbol in military recruiting campaigns of why the war was being fought.

[2] Dulau & Company, Ltd, London – foreign booksellers situated in 37 Soho Square, London.

[3] Dame Flora Louise Shaw, Lady Lugard DBE (1852 – 1929), was a British journalist and writer. Shaw was close to the three men who most epitomised empire in Africa: Cecil Rhodes, George Taubman Goldie and Sir Frederick Lugard. She is credited with having coined the name “Nigeria”. During the First World War, she was prominent in the founding of the War Refugees Committee, which dealt with the problem of the refugees from Belgium, and she founded the Lady Lugard Hospitality Committee.

[4] LZ 38 became the first airship (Zeppelin) to bomb London on 31 May 1915, dropping 1,400 kilograms (3,000 lb) of bombs on the eastern suburb of London, killing seven people.

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