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Remembered Today:

William Robert Harper Trett, HMS Dragon, KIA 17th October 1919.


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William Robert Harper Trett 1902-1919 was a resident of Great Yarmouth. Served as Boy 1st Class J/86811 aboard HMS Dragon. Sadly killed in action 17th October 1919.

HMS Dragon was part of the task force aiding Latvia and Estonia against Bolshevik and German forces during the Russian Civil War. She was hit by 3 shells fired from shore batteries off Lett whilst taking part in operations against German forces attacking Riga. HMS Dragon suffered 9 killed and 5 wounded.

Can any member access young William's date of joining the Royal Navy? Any help most appreciated.

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It's a bit of an odd one. His papers state; Date and period of engagement, 9th October 1920. Strange because as you know he was killed in 1919.However he served on Impregnable as a Boy Second Class from 15 March 1918.

Bob

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Not odd at all. His "Date and period of engagement" was not due to start until his 18th birthday, which he never reached. Boy's time does not count towards engagement.

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William's date of birth 9th October 1902.

Thanks Bob and horatio2.

Just had an e-mail from Ancestry saying they are providing free access to military records for a limited period.

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