The Zeebrugge Bell

| April 23, 2018

St. George’s Day – Zeebrugge Day A hundred years ago this day…on St. George’s Day (sometimes known as Zeebrugge Day)…23 April 1918, 1,700 British sailors and marines took part in the raid on the port of Zeebrugge, Belgium. Of the 75 vessels used in the attack some are better known than others including HMS Vindictive […]

Jutland 1916: North American Fatalities Update

| May 31, 2016

In Memory of Fallen Comrades. Jutland Service 1933. British Pathé Update to Two Days of May A recent jaunt to the University of Victoria has found four other sailors with Canadian connections lost at sea during the Battle of Jutland May 31 – June 1, 1916. Royal Canadian Navy Engineer Lieutenant Stanley N. de Quetteville, […]

Recognizing Bravery

| September 10, 2015

The Ordinary with the Extraordinary All nations have their awards and many of these symbols of valour (valor), honour (honor), bravery, and courage are well known. They take on many names such as the Victoria Cross, the Légion d’Honneur, Croix de Guerre, Ritterkreuz (Iron Cross), and the Medal of Honor. In earlier times, gallantry was […]

Mons, Marne, Verdun and Somme

| February 17, 2015

The Royal Navy’s Great War Battle Commemorations Recent research into the Royal Navy fleet that Admiral Sir Jacky Fisher, First Sea Lord of the Board of the Admiralty, built has led to some interesting discoveries. Fisher was instrumental, or rather was the powerhouse, in re-developing the British Navy. In October 1905 the Dreadnought program commenced […]