I've made this request before, so forgive me for repeating myself. I'm researching the role of the Royal Marines in the Zeebrugge Raid which took place on St George's Day 1918 with a view to writing a book. It will be biographically based, with an entry for each man who took part and, where possible, a photo. Any snippets or leads, no matter how trivial they may seem, would be gratefully received. For my part, I am happy to help anyone researching individuals, as I have mountains of info, photos etc of both marine and naval participants. I'm always happy to check names to see what info I've got.
I have some info on Petty Officer A W Evans DSM, a relative of mine, who died in May 1919 of wounds received on HMS Vindictive during the raid. I would be grateful for any info readers may have on his role in the raid. I would also be interested if anyone knows anything about Stapleton, the alleged Zeebrugge VC mentioned in the Sunday Pictorial article.
Here are the details: Armourer 1st Class Petty Officerhttp://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&view...13137f687__edn1 Arthur William Evans DSMhttp://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&view...13137f687__edn2
, late of HMS Vindictivehttp://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&view...13137f687__edn3
. Wounded in Zeebrugge raid, died 2/5/1919 aged 24 years, buried Islington Cemetery, Finchley, grave no 20755M. Faded photograph in sailor's uniform. 2 funeral cards. Death certificate stating that he died in St Bartholomews Hospital. Cause of death: acute streptococcal poisoning consequent upon necessary operation following on amputation of right thigh injured by gun shot wound received at naval action at Zeebrugge on 23.4.18.
Address: 26 Lonsdale Square Islington. Postcard 1
(picture of Main entrance Royal Naval Barracks Chatham): addressed to Mrs Reynolds 44 Liverpool St Islington from Rochester 7.15pm 28 MR 14: 'Dear Auntie I arrived safe and everything is alright up to now. I got her about 9.30pm. Willie stayed with me till the train went out. I will write a letter later on Arthur.' Postcard 2 (no postmark):
(reproduction of model of Mural Tablet to be placed in St George's Church, Canterbury: to the glory of God and in the undying memory of the officers and menwho gave their lives for King and country in the naval action at Zeebrugge Saint George's Day MCMXVIII. This tablet is erected by their admiral. Some of their comrades and the Kent branch of the Royal Society of St George. The flag above was used in making the signal St George for England'), addressed to Mr A W Evans, 26 Lonsdale Sq, Islington, London N: 'In remembrance of St George's Day 1918. Hoping you are getting on all right. With good wishes from Vice Adm Sir Roger & Lady Keyes, Fleet House, Dover'. Newspaper cutting Sunday Pictorial
: 'Sailor VC as Golf Caddie about Able Seaman Alfred George Stapleton VC, a golf caddie in High Barnet, who won his VC on the same ship as A W Evans [however Stapleton does not appear on the list of recipients of the VC: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Victo...nts_by_Name_-_S
]. Note i
nforming Elizabeth Reynolds how to claim prize money due to the estate of A W Evans.