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Alexander McClure B'ham City FC


Terry Carter
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The latest edition of a Birmingham Local history magazine has an article on Alec McClure a Birmingham City F.C. footballer who played before and after WW1. It gives a brief mention that he served in the Royal Navy and was involved in the Zeebrugge Raid. Can any forum member give me any more info regarding Alec's WW1 service with the R.N.

Many thanks

Terry

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No match searching the UKNA documents online Royal Navy resisters of service.

No match searching the online Royal Naval Division service records.

Following match for Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve records:

Name McClure, Alexander

Service Number: MB2057

RNVR Division: London

Date of birth 03 April 1892

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documen...p;resultcount=1

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many thanks Per Adua etc etc

The link you supplied I downloaded and it is Alec McClure who played for BCFC.

At the time of Zeebrugge Raid his record states he was serving on 'Arrogant'

Got the following from googling the ship's name

World War 1 Service:

Arrogant

Used as a Submarine depot ship at Dover.

1915 Base flagship for Dover Patrol.

1923 Sold for scrap.

The info on Aex McClure was given in Wikpedia Birmingham City FC players. I wonder how he became connected to the famous raid on Zeebrugge.

Cheers

Terry

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The info on Aex McClure was given in Wikpedia Birmingham City FC players. I wonder how he became connected to the famous raid on Zeebrugge.

Cheers

Terry

It must have been the gipsy's curse as the raid failed. (in joke if you live around these parts!

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Terry, the association with Zeebrugge sounds like it could be a piece of folk-lore; probably started by a fan who wanted to aggrandise his involvement with the navy. A not uncommon occurence.

However, there were submarines involved in the Zeebrugge raid, so it is possible he was there. To verify it you would have to get copies of the crew lists for the raid.

Best wishes

David

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If McClure was still playing when English teams began playing games against European ones (highly unlikely), then the Zeebrugge Raid reference might have originated from a post match celebration that got out of hand ;)

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If McClure was still playing when English teams began playing games against European ones (highly unlikely), then the Zeebrugge Raid reference might have originated from a post match celebration that got out of hand ;)

Birmingham City have only got as far as Wales in their pursuit of European glory!

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Arrogant

Used as a Submarine depot ship at Dover.

1915 Base flagship for Dover Patrol.

If she was the flag ship of the Dover Patrol and a Submarine depot ship, he could have had his administration handled aboard but not necessarily connected with submarines. But it should have the vessal that he served on in brackets.

His service number implies that he served in the Motor Boat Section.

Pictures http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/hms_arrogant.htm

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Arrogant also acted as depot ship for the Dover Patrol's motor launches, numbers of which took part in the Zeebrugge and Ostend raids. When considering a family 'legend' that someone took part in the Zeebrugge raid, it is always worth checking whether they actually took part in the 'Cinderella' raids on Ostend, before concluding that the story is a complete myth.
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I agree, he could easily have served on one of the motor launches or coastal motor boats. The problem is proving it. He was not a member of the Zeebrugge Association, so that doesn't help us. The only other thought is local Birmingham newspapers at the time of the raid and after his death.

Dom

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