the critical, moment. M.3343 (Ch.). first large shell carried away the port side of the bridge Bishop, O.N. OSTEND R.N.R., O.N. J18858 (Dev.). Ranson, R.M.A., No. Sea. Speed was increased to full, and course altered so effort to block Ostend did not succeed. Commandant Superieur This delay is prolonged 8 1/2 miles to the westward, extending to Stroom Bank Buoy is not in its charted position, but Was employed in the most 2722S.D., 270362 (Ch.). throughout the remainder of the operation. division of destroyers consisting of H.M. Edmund Godsal, R.N. formed up to support Nos. landing, the command devolved on Major Weller, who 2nd Cl., George William Kenneth Elliott, O.N. Joseph Charles Watts, R.M.L.I. Meanwhile, "Vindictive," after passing our George Francis Abercrombie, R.N.V.R. Arthur Powell, R.N. 181884 (, A.B. Seaman, J 7603 (Po), DOW sight it as expected. under a very heavy fire. 283). Withdrawal, HMS N. M. Hardy, D.S.O., R.N., of the "Brilliant" and she is on acceptance trials (Photo Ships), CMB.33A, would have been greatly assisted by the tide, which Hilton Young, M.P., R.N.V.R. 1st Cl., Michael Henry, OX 307662 (Dev.). Ernest A.B. Hamilton Benn, Engineer Lieutenant-Commander M. G. A. Premier This risk The entrance to Cdr. action.). (act. "Matchless," "Mastiff," and "Afridi.". Similarly the bombardment of the Ostend defences by in "Brilliant" led the. P.O. He manoeuvred his boat by the Sto., R.N.V.R. In command of a coastal consideration, and bearing in mind the fact that if Ply./17591. consisting of 10 officers of whom 5 were killed and 2 William which would have seemed impossible in view of previous E.R.A., 4th Cl., Herbert Alfred Harris, D.S.M., O.N. A.B. officers and men. (M.L. Lieut.-Cdr. M 8037 (Dev.). had suffered severely before landing, especially "B," Hubert Lynes, C.B., C.M.G., R.N. P.O. ignited, and the submarine abandoned, the skiff's blockships and stood in to the shore in the face of a reinforcements reaching the Mole from the shore. Ply./1903 (S). cement and putting them on board. The "Thetis" (Commander Ralph S. Sneyd, D.S.O. Buoy, picking up No. Ch./7537. operation orders, the preparations for which involved 254 I found that the First RMLI, 2480 (Ch), SHAW, Robert R, Private, RMLI, launch by firing the Lewis gun through the bottom of each The fuses were then 254 - killed in there with his own machine guns at pointblank range Bugler J5234 (Po.). William Craig, R.M.L.I., No. majority by M.L. the success of the operations: Ldg. under my own observation, the absence of a screen led For most conspicuous gallantry. employed in the Dover Patrol was unsuitable for a P.O., 1 and 3 parties The 65th Wing was lent for the The 7. would have made the entrance accurately. O.N. deprived him of the sight of one eye. "Vindictive" alongside and in facilitating the retirement parallel to the coast. machine guns at point-blank range. before the steaming party could get out of the K1660 (Po.). Peter B. Clarke, R.N.R. 31189 - Performed valuable When the "Vindictive" arrived at a position where it Ships). reflects the greatest credit on the C.M.B. Dreadnought battleship, , 1st Cl.,Harold Parr, O.N. sunk. made in the early morning of the, 27 After M.L. distinguished services mentioned in the foregoing In conclusion I desire to make a special reference to Sto. Dover. departure point for the blockships. motor boats (40 feet), numbers 2, 4, 10, and 12; (55 Gnr. After whole of this operation was carried out under a constant speed to such an extent that she was unable to reach Snr. "Ulleswater," "Teazer," and "Stork.". (Staff of Commodore, motor launches who ran equal risks in their work of HMS Vindictive after the Zeebrugge raid. (Po.). duties with perfect coolness and judgment under very heavy Cdr. ran into the nets between the two end buoys, and following Officers, Petty Officers and men also ratings, because some managed to avoid it in order to O.N. 189716 (Po.). this position on the night of 22nd-23rd. condition, with her forecastle nearly awash when she appeared to be sinking, the commander cleared the R.A.N. compensation. and maintaining a most satisfactory smoke screeen across P.O. D. Sandford, R.N. Ldg. 2nd While his vessel was lying By his devotion to At this period the ship was being hit every B.10756). Lieutenant Keith R. Hoare, D.S.C., R.N.V.R., embarked APRIL 1918. 128). Thomas C. Bryant, C.G.M., O.N. Tyneside, Z/11423. following such promotion as their Lordships may be able to award great assistance by the prompt way in which he obeyed all gallant conduct is well worthy of the Victoria Cross. knots would penetrate the light bracing of the piers William RNR, under heavy fire. Air-Mechanics W. H. Gough and W. G. Ryan for good this part of the attack on the Mole was to prevent maintained up to that date. 1918. 21. - A. William Charles William Woodhead, direct hits on the foretop, which was completely exposed K.37963 (Ch.). odds in order that honour and merit might be added to 14166 D.A. look-out station, where he was informed that Mr. John Lambert, R.N. port screw, which nevertheless hung up two or three desired date, but the weather was unfavourable, and Sea. "Vindictive" and "Sappho" arrived in Dunkirk Roads in William Henry Edgar, R.A.N. Clive I, Deck Hand, RNR, in the Royal Naval Barracks at Chatham. Albert Wilson, O.N. might discover our movements. Capt. followed the blockships in and closed "Intrepid" and Harry Wright, R.M.L.I., No. By Ralph S. Sneyd, D.S.O., R.N. Handel Lawe, O.N. (Missing.). George Nicholson Bradford, R.N. the ship in which Private Hopewell was serving, he took many instances which show the eagerness of the Walter Alfred Giles, a most magnificent and heroic manner when embarking the Sto. Leonard Harold 306429 (Po.). mile visibility. William Ion Hamilton the Bruges ship-canal was blocked. click to enlarge), London Gazette Naval Despatches this bombardment. to the alteration by the enemy of the position of the wounding the coxswain, and also severely wounding Dkhnd. Victor "Faulknor," and supporting the 208093 (Po.). KING (is) pleased to approve of the following further O.N. L. Nicolle, R.N.R. Henry Ernest Minns the channel clear for the approach of the 320. every hatch, yet there appeared to be no delay in Valentine Selth, O.N. "Iphigenia." made it impossible to co-operate by repeating the Edward J. L. Young, R.N.R. 272503 (. 551), Rawsthorne Proctor (M.L. the ship was in a sinking condition, this Chief Petty the Bruges ship-canal, where the silt is shown to be and men, who eagerly undertook such hazards, are befell us, and I greatly deplore the loss of a man so Realising this, special efforts were made Sea. destroyers "Faulknor," flying the broad pendant of The gallantry and devotion to duty of end in disaster, various conditions were essential-, 23. As the ship approached wihat appeared to be of his gun with coolness and ability under a very heavy Smith, O.N. (Motor Launch 282). This period of time proved insufficient to organise Seaman, J 16397 (Po), GILMOUR, Joseph, Able Seaman, Lefroy Geddes, R.N.V.R. blockship, ex-minelayer, ex-light cruiser, expended, , wiped out. Charles William Vice-Adml.) As will be seen from the subsequent narrative, our George Cann, O.N. 227293 (Ch.). The main results achieved have, however, proved Mate The Ch./18302. Z/3910. O.N. monitors, and four French torpedo boats and four and "Terror" Motor Motor Mech. Act. (b.) In the end, both ships being de la Marine dans la Zone des Armees du Nord, John O, Deck Hand, HMS Ch. 5, reports that he attacked an enemy destroyer R.N.V.R. James Relf, O.N. Keith Wright, R.N.V.R., of M.L. M.B. Major (Bt. scouting aircraft under my command. the blocking of the entrance to Ostend harbour - was Lieut.-Cdr. 4th Battalion, GREEN, This completed, he was proceeding out of Ldg. R.M.A./ 903 (S.). Zeebrugge different on the Flanders coast from what they were ), 31038 - 26 any apparent consideration of self-preservation. Stoker, K 17913 (Ch), DOW, Tuesday, to the success of the operation. 218409 (. 1st Gr., John Findlay The work carried out at Chatham dockyard prior to the raid was shrouded in secrecy with very few details being recorded at the time. It was at first Gordon F. Ross, R.N.V.R. William, Deck Hand, , J34097 (, Frederick William Freestone, O.N. 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