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St George's Day raid on Zeebrugge


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Remembering the gallant members of the 4th Battalion Royal Marines who gave their lives on this day in 1918, including L/Cpl Bugler Charles Heffernan, 1 Platoon, who was posthumously mentioned in despatches. May they rest in peace

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Likewise Able Seaman William Rowlands Dibben RN, HMS Iris II, died of his wounds that same day aged 31.

He was born in Llanfairpwll, Anglesey, and had enlisted in the RN as Boy 2nd class 1901.  Able Seaman 1906, and after the outbreak of War served on HMTB 95; then HMS Queen 1916-17; and as crew of the Q-ship HMS Cullist (aka Westphalia) 1917-18.  This was torpedoed in Feb. 1918 and he was commended for his conduct on that occasion.  

His body was buried in St.James Cemetery, Dover.  Father was later resident in Chester, but he is commemorated at Menai Bridge and I suspect there were also relatives locally - a Dibben was in school in Bangor the same time as me in the 1960s-70s.  



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Remembering also Gnr. G.W. Hurst RMA, killed in the foretop of the Vindictive fighting next to Sgt Finch, who won a VC by ballot


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