Richard Davies, who at the time was on a patrol vessel, volunteered with three others to take a boat and board the still floating steamer and try to tie a line to her. The boarding party managed to get to her just as their own boat smashed itself against the steamers side. They managed to fix a towing hawser to her, but she started listing alarmingly. Thankfully, their patrol boat skipper realised the danger they were in and got them off just in time before the Van Stirum turned turtle and sank. Later on March 25th 1917, Richard Davies died while serving on the Evangel, off Milford Haven, which had been engaged in mine sweeping operations. He left a widow Mary and six children; David, Thomas, Jane, Mary, John and Richard. At the time, son Richard was on active service with the Royal Welch Fusiliers and John in the Royal Navy, serving on H.M.S. Caesar and H.M.S. Pomone.