THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
WORSLEY Richard Stanley
Major, Army Service Corps att NZ Expeditionary Force
(British Loan Officer, 5 April 1915 - 13 September 1915)

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 2 May 1916, p4428
For distinguished service in the field, April to August 1915, Gallipoli.  Senior Supply Officer.  Great credit is due to this officer on account of the efficient manner  in which the troops have been constantly supplied ever since the landing took place, as not only has the task of sending forward rations devolved upon him but water also and that with a limited transport. The system of Field Supply Depots as organised by him has worked smoothly and well

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 5 November 1915, p10999
Mentioned in General I. Hamilton's despatch of 26 August 1915 as Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 5 May 1916, p4519
Mentioned in General I. Hamilton's despatch of 11 December 1915 as Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
Queen’s South Africa Medal 
(3 bars)
King’s South Africa Medal    
South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Mention in Despatches (2)
Sudan Medal 1910
Darfur 1916

NOTES
Born 7 September 1879, England
Drowned 4 May 1917 Savona, Italy

Historical Information
Courtesy Commonwealth War Graves Commission
From the Summer of 1917 until late 1918, the Mediterranean lines of communication for the British Salonika Force ran the length of Italy from Taranto in the south-east, to Turin in the north-west.  On 4 May 1917, the Hired Transport "Transylvania", proceeding to Salonika with reinforcements, was sunk by torpedo off Cape Vado, a few kilometres south of Savona, with the loss of more than 400 lives.  The bodies recovered at Savona were buried two days later, from the Hospital of San Paulo, in a special plot in the town cemetery. Others are buried elsewhere in Italy, France, Monaco and Spain.  SAVONA TOWN CEMETERY contains 85 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, all but two of them casualties of the "Transylvania".  Within the cemetery is the SAVONA MEMORIAL, which commemorates a further 275 casualties who died when the "Transylvania" went down, but whose graves are not known.