Four Dunblane soldiers had lucky escapes when the ships on which they were being transported were torpedoed.
Three of them were aboard the Invernia when she was sunk in the Mediterranean. Regimental Company Sergeant Major Murray Smith, Scottish Horse, was in the sea for an hour and a quarter before being rescued. L/Cpl Howells, also Scottish Horse, and Pte Hannah, Scottish Rifles, were also saved.
Pte Robert Ritchie, Royal Army Medical Corp, son of Archibald Ritchie, builder, was aboard the hospital ship Braemar when it was topedoed in the Mediterranean. He was recovering from the ordeal in Malta but suffering from malaria.