Hello chaps, anyone here with a knowledge of/interest in the Zeebrugge raid or can anyone point me in the direction of somone who would be. There is a piece of history in my family relating to the memorial and I would like to find out a bit more about it.
In short i'm looking at the building of the original memorial in Zebrugge (which was destroyed by the germans) and the role Thomas Nightingale Oxley played in this. At the moment I'm working on second hand infomation about a family heirloom in relation to this.
The mersey ferry of the time was involved. Delivering the landing force direct on the wall - handy ship to have with its wide passenger landing gates.
There is a permanent display on one of the current boats & also in the nearby maritime museum - thats worth a visit anyway.
Wasn't that the time when the RN built a home made flamethower and turned it on a German Destroyer. I seem to recall something on that, which I scribbled an article on many moons ago.
Just looked up my article, Christ I'd forgotten how mad it was. With stuff like HMS C3 ramming the viaduct and Augustus Agar (Won a VC in 1920 for sinking a battle cruiser) charging about in his coastal motor boat.