“Boche bolting like rabbits “

After the successful attack on Miraumont Major Ozanne gave an official report to Battalion HQ and added the comment ‘the Boche bolting like rabbits’.  The Battalion Commanding Officer when reporting on to Brigade HQ repeated this rather un-military description not realising that he was speaking to the Brigadier, and not his signals officer. Realising his error the CO quickly changed his report to ‘Enemy retiring hastily sir, helped by our fire’.

HMS Phaeton near miss

HMS Phaeton had a near miss in Esquimault harbour when the American battleship USS Yorktown appeared out of the fog on a collision course.

Cressy wreck found

In 2011 a Dutch salvage team discovered the wrecks of the Cressy, Hogue and Aboukir off the coast of the Netherlands.

Daily Mail report



The role of the Marines

Marines served as a professional military unit, both ashore and afloat, commanded by their own officers who in turn were directed by the naval Captain of the ship. Since 1755 Marines came under the Naval Discipline Act whilst at sea and to conform to the ships’ hierarchy it was rare to have a Marine officer above the rank of Captain aboard (equivalent to a naval First Lieutenant).

Royal Humane Society

Royal Humane Society, Bronze Medal Citations 1909

Signalman John Higgins  

Prince of Wales visits Chatham 1909

On 4th May 1909 His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales (later King George V) visited Chatham and had lunch with Colonel Wylde and the Officers of the Depot Royal marines at Deal.
This photograph from the Royal Marine Museum collection in Portsmouth shows the Prince of Wales with Colonel Edward Wylde is seated immediately on his left. Captain Harold Ozanne is fifth from the left in the back row

Simon Hughes leads Zeebrugge delegation

In Nov 2010 Simon Hughes MP led a party of the Albert McKenzie VC Memorial fund raising committe to Zeebrugge

London SE1 Community web site article


Sidney Hesse Raid survivor in 2001

In 2001 Peter Chapman interviewed Sidney Hesse (then aged 101) a survivor of the Raid who had emigrated to New Zealand

Sid Hesse talks about his narrow escape on the Raid


Vindictive moved to new home in 2013

Focus WTV Belgian television news report on relocating the bows of HMS Vindictive to a new site nearer the harbour.

The official opening of the vistors centre is to be in May 2013.

The bows of HMS Vindictive get a new home in Ostende January 2013


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