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  Zeebrugge Churchyard and Zeebrugge Memorial

West-Vlaanderen

Belgium

 

Pictures courtesy of Andrew Mackay unless stated otherwise

 

Picture above used with the permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

 

Location Information

Zeebrugge Churchyard is located in the Port town of Zeebrugge itself on the Sint Donaasstraat. The cemetery is approached via the N34 Kustlaan which passes through the town of Zeebrugge.



Having passed the ferry port terminal continue northwards along the N34 (following the route of the tramlines) for 1.5 km. Sint Donaas church is a large red brick building with a slate roof. Having seen the church on the right hand side, turn right of the N34 onto the Sint Donaas kerk straat. The Commission cemetery is at the far right side of the churchyard surrounded by a red brick wall.




Visiting Information

Wheelchair access possible via main entrance.

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Historical Information

The port of Zeebrugge was used by the British Expeditionary Force in October 1914, and bombed by Commonwealth and French aeroplanes thereafter. On 23 April 1918, British sailors and marines, in a collection of monitors, destroyers, motorboats, launches, old cruisers, old submarines and Mersey ferry-boats attacked the mole at Zeebrugge and attempted to block the canal leading to Bruges and to the German submarine headquarters.

There are 30 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in ZEEBRUGGE CHURCHYARD. 17 of the burials are unidentified but a special memorial commemorated an officer of the Royal Naval Air Service officer known to be buried among them.

 


 

 

Burial Details

 

BRAY,CHARLES LESLIE,C L,18,,19/05/1918,,Lieutenant,Royal Air Force,211th Sqdn.,Belgium,,ZEEBRUGGE CHURCHYARD,C. 25.,"SON OF SAMUEL CHAPMAN BRAY AND MARION BRAY, OF 130, MEANLEY RD., MANOR PARK, ESSEX."


CRYAN,,J S,,,11/08/1918,,Second Lieutenant,Royal Air Force,218th Sqdn.,Belgium,,ZEEBRUGGE CHURCHYARD,C. 23.,


FAWDRY,HARRY,H,19,,11/08/1918,,Lieutenant,Royal Air Force,218th Sqdn.,Belgium,,ZEEBRUGGE CHURCHYARD,C. 24.,"ELDEST SON OF HARRY AND W. A. FAWDRY, OF KARRAGEEN, CRICKETFIELD RD., TORQUAY, DEVON. BORN AT SOLIHULL, WARWICKSHIRE."


GASSON,FITZROY ARTHUR BELL,F A B,19,,26/09/1918,,Lieutenant,Royal Air Force,,Belgium,,ZEEBRUGGE CHURCHYARD,E1. 1.,"SON OF GEO. H. AND E. M. GASSON, OF 85, CENTRAL HILL, UPPER NORWOOD, LONDON. BORN AT QUEENSTOWN, CAPE COLONY."


HAINS,,C L,21,,26/05/1917,,Lieutenant,Royal Naval Air Service,,Belgium,,ZEEBRUGGE CHURCHYARD,A. 2.,"SON OF MRS. I. LITTLE LALIS-BARKER, OF COPSE HILL, LOCKS HEATH, SOUTHAMPTON."


HOUSTON-STEWART,,W,,,26/05/1917,,Flight Sub-Lieutenant,Royal Naval Air Service,,Belgium,,ZEEBRUGGE CHURCHYARD,E1. 2. Sp. Mem.,


MAYERS,JOHN ALBERT,J A,,,23/04/1918,,Petty Officer,Royal Navy,"H.M.S. ""Thetis.""",Belgium,'181106',ZEEBRUGGE CHURCHYARD,C. 33.,


OSBORNE,GEORGE ARTHUR,G A,22,,23/04/1918,,Corporal,Royal Marine Light Infantry,4th Bn.,Belgium,'PLY/16683',ZEEBRUGGE CHURCHYARD,C. 28.,"SON OF GEORGE AND LILY JANE OSBORNE, OF 2, SUNNY SIDE COTTAGES, KINGSKERSWELL, DEVON."


ROE,HENRY ALFRED HAVILLAND,H A H,28,,19/05/1918,,Lieutenant,Royal Air Force,214th Sqdn.,Belgium,,ZEEBRUGGE CHURCHYARD,C. 29.,"SON OF THE LATE. HENRY HAVILLAND ROE M.R.C.S., L.S.A. (LONDON), AND OF CHARLOTTE JULIA ROE, OF 6, ANNESLEY GROVE, NORTH SHERWOOD ST., NOTTINGHAM."


SIEVEKING,VALENTINE EDGAR GIBERNE,V E G,26,D S C and Bar,18/05/1918,,Captain,Royal Air Force,214th Sqdn.,Belgium,,ZEEBRUGGE CHURCHYARD,C. 30.,"SON OF EDWARD G. AND ISABEL GIBERNE SIEVEKING, OF 57, GRACECHURCH ST., LONDON."


TAYLERSON,,N A,,,19/05/1918,,Lieutenant,Royal Air Force,211th Sqdn.,Belgium,,ZEEBRUGGE CHURCHYARD,C. 27.,


TUCKEY,CHARLES PHELPS,C P,23,,23/04/1918,,Captain,Royal Marine Light Infantry,Plymouth Bn.,Belgium,,ZEEBRUGGE CHURCHYARD,F. 1.,"SON OF CHARLES ALFRED TUCKEY, OF MOUNT VERNON, CATERHAM VALLEY."


WHEELOCK,
,W J N,18,,20/06/1917,,Motor Mechanic,Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve,"H.M. C.M.B. ""No. I.",Belgium,'MB/1975',ZEEBRUGGE CHURCHYARD,D. 23.,"SON OF WILLIAM JOHN AND SUSIE WHEELOCK, OF 64, MONMOUTH RD., NORTH END, PORTSMOUTH."
 

 

The Following three pictures are courtesy of Jean-Michel Dominique

 

 

Location Information

The Zeebrugge Memorial is a small stone panel set in the wall of the churchyard, and commemorates three officers and one mechanic of the Royal Navy who fell on the Mole at Zeebrugge on St George's Day 1918.

 


 

 

Victoria Cross

ARTHUR LEYLAND HARRISON

Rank: Lieut-Commander, Date of Death: 23/04/1918, Age: 32, Regiment/Service: Royal Navy H.M.S. "Lion." (H.M.S. "Vindictive," Zeebrugge Raid). , Awards: V C, Son of the late Lt. Col. A. J. Harrison (Royal Fusiliers) and the late Adelaide Ellen Harrison. Member of the England Rugby Football Team of 1914.
Citation: An extract from the "London Gazette," dated 14th March, 1919, records the following:-" For most conspicuous gallantry at Zeebrugge on the night of the 22nd-23rd April, 1918. This officer was in immediate command of the Naval Storming Parties embarked in 'Vindictive'. Immediately before coming alongside the Mole Lieut.-Commander Harrison was struck on the head by a fragment of a shell which broke his jaw and knocked him senseless. Recovering consciousness he proceeded on to the Mole and took over command of his party, who were attacking the seaward end of the Mole. The silencing of the guns on the Mole head was of the first importance, and though in a position fully exposed to the enemy's machine-gun fire Lieut.-Commander Harrison gathered his men together and led them to the attack. He was killed at the head of his men, all of whom were either killed or wounded. Lieut.-Commander Harrison, though already severely wounded and undoubtedly in great pain, displayed indomitable resolution and courage of the highest order in pressing his attack, knowing as he did that any delay in silencing the guns might jeopardise the main object of the expedition, i.e., the blocking of the Zeebrugge-Bruges Canal. "

 

Other names on Memorial

Wing Commander Frank Arthur Brock O.B.E., Royal Navy (Zeebrugge Raid)., died 23rd April 1918. Son of Arthur Brock, of Haredon Sutton, Surrey; husband of Gladys Grosvenor Brock (two daughters, Anne and Francesca). Served on the Board of Inventions and Research. Founded, organised and commanded R.N. Experimental Station at Stratford. Invented The Brock anti-Zeppelin Bullet, Colour Filter, Dover Flare and Smoke Apparatus. devised, developed and superintended the use of the Smoke Screen employed in the attack on Zeebrugge, where he joined a storming party on the Mole and lost his life.

Lieutenant Claude Ernest Vincent Hawkings, H.M.S. "Erin" (H.M.S. "Iris," Zeebrugge Raid)., died 23rd April 1918, aged 22. Son of Percy and Leonore Hawkings of 21, Adelaide Crescent Hove, Brighton. Served on H.M.S. "Orion" at Battle of Jutland.

F/50269(CH) Mechanic 2nd Class, John Rouse, Royal Navy, H.M.S. "Myncs" (Zeebrugge Raid)., died 23rd April 1918, aged 18. Son of William H. Rouse, of 7, Sheep St., Birmingham.

 

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