At The Gate – Edward Hilton Young and The Zeebrugge Raid 1918

In the early hours of 23rd April 1918  Lieutenant  Edward Hilton Young (1879- 1960) . was serving  on board the HMS Vindictive as a gunnery officer : This 1897 built cruiser was to  launch a diversionary attack on the harbour wall known as the Mole, whilst three old  ships were to be deliberatly sunk at …

The Battle of Jutland

‘On the afternoon of Wednesday 31st May a naval engagement took place off the coast of Jutland. The British ships on which the brunt of the fighting fell were the Battlecriuser Fleet supported by four fast battleships.’ Admiralty communique of 2nd June 1916 The 98th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland/Skagerrackschlacht has just passed without …

Charles Causley -Ballad of Jack Cornwell – Second World War poet’s verdict on Jutland

I first noticed Charles Causley’s work  featured in ‘ ‘The War at Sea’ edited by John Winton; part of the ‘Freedom’s Battle’ series , (1967) . A largely prose history featuring some poetry, about World War 2. Causley’s  life apart from his war service, was spent in Launceston,Cornwall, where he was a school teacher. .He was …