Hello Dom and Sadsac
It was only after looking at Paul Kendall's book again yesterday evening, that I became aware of the possibiity that men from HMS Vindictive had reached the Mole already, whilst HMS Iris was trying to berth. I missed this in previous reading of the book. I will E mail Paul about this but even better if he feels like posting his opinion here.
In respect of Hawkings, if his body fell on the Mole, I thought that it would have been found. I have met one Zeebrugee buff on line from Belgium who thinks that Hawkings' body probably fell into the sea.
With the darkness and sheer chaos of what was going on, mis-identification was possible.
Claude Hawkings has at least one relative in Hove.
The whole question of honours post-Zeebrugge did generate a great deal of contention, I will post a bit more on this in the next day or two.
domwalsh, on 04 July 2012 - 10:03 PM, said:
i suppose it's stating the obvious that there were men already on the Mole, but i have to say i have no recollection of anyone specifically suggesting that they didn't help when they could or should have done so. Perhaps Paul can shed some light on this? He's done more general research on the raid than me.
I always think that Hawkings was hard done by in being merely MID when an almost identical act by Bradford earned a VC. Have you ever tracked down any descendants?