Archie was killed in the first - and surprising - gas attacks used in the war. This moving statue pays homage to the Canadians who died in that battle. The plaque reads:
"This column marks the battlefield where 18,000 Canadians on the British left withstood the first German gas attacks 22-25 April 1915. 2,000 fell and lie buried nearby."
Here’s a picture of the first class lounge on the Lusitania.
One of the richest men in America, Vanderbilt was aboard the Lusitania on a business trip to England. When the ship was sinking, he was reputed to have given his own life jacket to a female passenger, although he couldn’t swim. He was one of the 900 whose bodies were never recovered.
The incidents in the chapter on the Lusitania are all based on those of real survivors. Unbelievably, many of them were in the frigid waters of the Irish Sea for well over 2 hours before being rescued. Some victims were actually thought to be dead, but were able to be revived.
Here’s a short, well done docudrama about the Lusitania’s last voyage.