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The RNLI during the First World War

In 1914, during the First World War, one of the biggest RNLI rescues in history took place. Six lifeboats launched to Rohilla, a sinking hospital ship.

Incredibly, one of the five nurses saved, Mrs KM Roberts, had also been rescued from the Titanic just over 2 years earlier. One of the letters she wrote to her husband while onboard the ship is held in RNLI archives today.

Stars in our time of darkness

The First World War is one the darkest chapters in our history, but we will never forget the countless acts of humanity that shone through – including those of RNLI lifeboat crews on the home front. Read more about the rescues during the First World War

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