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In honor of Otranto crew Oct. 6

A monument to commemorate the Otranto sinking during WWI and to pay homage to the casualties and survivors of Screven County will be dedicated on Friday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. in downtown Sylvania.
In case of inclement weather, the event would be moved inside the Sylvania First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
The sinking of the vessel was detailed in the book “Many Were Held by the Sea” written by R. Neil Scott. A copy of the book is available in the Screven County Library.
As written in the book, at 8:43 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 6, 1918, HMS Kashmir rammed HMS Otranto off Islay, Scotland.
Both ships were former British passenger liners from the P&O Steamship Company that had been pulled into the war to ferry American soldiers between New York and various British ports.
On this stormy morning, however, they were part of Convoy HX-50 carrying troops to Liverpool. On board were 372 British officers and sailors and 701 American soldiers.
Of those American soliders, many were from Screven County.
The Americans were mostly Southern farm boys from Fort Screven in Savannah under the command of Lt. Sam Levy, a Georgia Tech graduate from Atlanta.
The Kashmir, according to the book, managed to back away and follow the harsh wartime order that required her to ignore any maritime disasters that might befall her sister ships and to continue on her prescribed course rather than stop and take on survivors.
Thus it was that -- with winds blowing at 70 to 75 mph and waves at more than 60 feet -- the severely damaged Otranto was left dead in the water with more than a thousand souls aboard.

Casualties of Screven County
1. Raiford Ellison Barry
2. Brooks Beasley
3. David M. Bennett
4. George Harrison Bragg
5. Joe H. Bragg
6. Daniel Edward Brown
7. Martin Luther Bryan
8. Pearl Crews
9. Henry Jerome Freeman
10. Harlan P. Griner
11. Marion Hankinson
12. William A. Hunter
13. Stonewall Joseph Jackson
14. John Leslie Kelly
15. Clyde H. Lee
16. Claude C. Reddick
17. James Roos
18. James Frank Scott
19. Orlando Watson Sheppard

20. Edwin Alonzo Smith Jr.
21. Capers W. Smoak
22. Wade L. Usher
23. James Walker Williams
24. Cecil H. Williamson

Survivors of Screven County
1. Thomas Bazemore
2. Horace Matthew Cleary
3. Donald Cooper
4. Sidney Watson Edenfield
5. Arthur Neil Jenkins
6. Horace L. Lariscy
7. Lloyd M. Lariscy
8. Ernest V. Lee
9. James Solomon Marsh
10. Vannie Woodson Morris
11. Ernest J. Oglesby
12. Raymond P. Owens
13. Virgil Joseph Rosier
14. Frances Parker Scott
15. Kinchley Scott
16. Lewis L. Sheley
17. Thomas J. Taylor
18. LeHolmes P. Wells
19. Corbett Williams
20.Hugh Virgil Willis