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Who was Lieutenant Dennis Shoppee (Royal Navy)?

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Aurel Sercu
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I am starting this Topic not for myself, but on behalf of an acquaintance of mine, Luc, who is interested in the Belgian coastal area of Veurne (Furnes), Koksijde (Coxyde), Oostduinkerke, Nieuwpoort (Nieuport), ...

 

Luc's question:

 

According to Ian Beckett in The Making of the First World War the flooding of the river Yser valley was one of the major turning points of the war. 
If that had not succeeded 'it would have had the same result as in 1940'. 
Important to that success was the presence of the Dover Patrol and a few French cruisers near the coast, which prevented the German infantry from conquering Nieuport and the vital sluices complex. But as the dunes didn't permit direct fire, observation  from a tower in Nieuport was essential. The observer  of the Dover Patrol who phoned his observations to the Belgian Headquarters at Furnes, where they were sent further on by wireless to the fleet in front of Nieuport, was Dennis Shoppee.
Does anyone know something more about this lieutenant Dennis Shoppee of the Royal Navy? 
 
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Aurel Sercu

Thans, Alf ! And that was a prompt posting !

I'll inform Luc. And ask him if the first name is Dennis or Denys.

 

Aurel

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IPT

Regarding Alf's man, is this part of his record  relevant? 

 

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helpjpl
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This may be of interest:

 

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From: The Dover Patrol 1915-1917 Volume II (page 458)

https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=wu.89100004258&view=1up&seq=164

 

According to his family tree on ancestry, Denys Charles Gerald Shoppee was awarded the following:

Distinguished Service Cross (1915) - distinguished and gallant service in the field

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29106/page/2737

Croix de Guerre (1916) - naval guns in France

Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur (1917) - naval guns on shore in Belgium

Order of Leopold II (1917)

Military Cross (1921)

https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/65563149/person/48140999563/facts

 

JP

 

 

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Aurel Sercu

Thank you so much, gentlemen. I'm sure Luc will be very pleased with your most helpful postings.

 

(And ... should someone have a photo of Lieutenant Denys C. G. Shoppee ...)

 

Aurel

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helpjpl

Still looking for a photo of Denys ...... but here's an aerial view of the sluices at Nieuport, 11 July 1917 (!):

 

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https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/H13514/

 

JP

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Skipman

There seems to be a photo on Ancestry, wrth contacting the poster

 

Click

 

 

 

Mike

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Aurel Sercu

Thanks, JP and Mike. And I am sure Luc may want to contact the poster.

 

Aurel

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Aurel Sercu

One more question on behalf of Luc.

 

In the town hall of Nieuport (Nieuwpoort) is kept a stone which was found in the debris of Shoppee's Tower, and old fortified chuch tower , which served as an observation post for the major part of the First World War. The archivist thinks it served as an orientation table and the hole in it could have been for a compass. Has anyone any idea what the patterns could refer to? The measurements are approx 3 ft x 1 1/2 ft.
 
Thanks for every possible bit of information.
 
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It does look indeed like a strange object. And not 100% symmetrical. I myself have absolutely no idea. Maybe I will later post it elsewhere on the GWF too.
Aurel

Signaller's Stone Nieuwpoort Luc Vanacker DSC_0032.JPG

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