The Zeebrugge Raid of April 23, 1918 is the subject of a lecture on November 11 at the Freshwater Methodist Church. (Picture: contributed)
The Freshwater and Totland Archive Group organizes a talk illustrated by David Slade on the Raid of Zeebrugge of April 23, 1918.
David is a member of the Orders and Medals Research Society and will talk about how the St. Georges Day Raid planned to sink block ships in the canal system connecting Zeebrugge, Bruges and Ostend.
This would prevent German submarines and destroyers from leaving port at a time when the enemy on the western front was advancing following the release of troops from the Russian front.
Losing the war was a very real possibility in the early spring of 1918, but the bravery displayed by the attackers resulted in a number of bravery awards, including no less than eight Victoria Cross.
This conference tells the story and gives all those who participated in the attack their voice in the making of history.
Several isle of wight the military was serving at the time and saw action during the raid.
These included Gunner Frederick Jenkins, Royal Marine Artillery, sometimes a used book seller, who lived in Camp Road, Fresh water.
AB Henry Hollis was killed in action on board HMS Iris II and he had just luminous stone and was related to the current Brightstone Village Shop owners.
There was also AB Ferdinand Lake whose grandmother was Ventnor although he lived in Portsmouth.
He received the Medal of Outstanding Bravery for gallantry, also aboard HMS Iris II.
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