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7 minutes ago, neverforget said:

And what is that thing??


Hi Steve

I’m think that is something to do with electric supply, and I’m sure that there was some form of refit in the Royal Navy. Busy looking up if I’m on the right track😬

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Fritz Joubert Duquesne? He was a South African spy for Germany, “arrested in New York in 1918 masquerading as an Australian”.

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1 hour ago, Uncle George said:

Fritz Joubert Duquesne? He was a South African spy for Germany, “arrested in New York in 1918 masquerading as an Australian”.

No not him.

Clue 5:

He had that sinking feeling.

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I’m going to take a punt on Capt. Godfrey Herbert of Q-ship fame

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Good effort, on the right track, but no not him.

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The only other Q ship name I can come up with is Capt Gordon Campbell VC (later Rear Admiral)

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2 minutes ago, Knotty said:

The only other Q ship name I can come up with is Capt Gordon Campbell VC (later Rear Admiral)

No sorry not him either.

Clue 6:

He too was awarded a VC

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Last attempt Archibald Smith, posthumous award of VC, as at time of action against the SMS Möwe, he was master of the Otaki a cargo ship with a single gun.(not a Q ship) He went down with his ship despite a gallant fight, and he was made member of RNR to gain the award.

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It's Harold Auten VC. 

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All round the bloody houses and missed him😡

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4 minutes ago, Knotty said:

All round the bloody houses and missed him😡

If it's any consolation (which I know it isn't it) was your hard work that led me there 😊

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On the subject of VCs.

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13 minutes ago, jonbem said:

Quite right. Not a Brummie, and not English. Took out a machine gun post and brought back prisoners; you know the drill. Sadly spent time in the workhouse after making it home.

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5 minutes ago, neverforget said:

Sadly spent time in the workhouse after making it home

Ah I have him. The workhouse gave it away. I'll let others have a hunt for a while. :thumbsup:

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1 minute ago, jonbem said:

Ah I have him. The workhouse gave it away. I'll let others have a hunt for a while. :thumbsup:

So tragic how some of these blokes end up.

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That’s Tommy Hughes the Irishman that won his VC at Guillemont in Sept 1916

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1 minute ago, Knotty said:

That’s Tommy Hughes the Irishman that won his VC at Guillemont in Sept 1916

That's him. Well done John, and also to Jonbem who also sussed him.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Hughes_(VC)

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11 hours ago, jonbem said:

Thanks Jonbem, it's a lovely article, that says so much more than his wikipedia page, but a sad old story.

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Swcwel optiona when I googled WW1, Great War, Victoria Cross & workhouse, but that one nailed it with the picture.

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