in 1941 for gallantry Government stronghold on the south bank. She was fired 38683 of 5th August, 1949.). which frequently threatened her 21 April at circa 0200hrs, H.M.S. This point will Signals Leonard William Willis, R.N. to London Gazette, Hansard etc: all Sig. firing on "these ships of the British Navy engaged in a peaceful Marine Robert McCarthy (28), of Middlesbrough, with piece of shrapnel H.M.S. Oxford); Ordinary Seaman Geoffrey G. Warwick (Openshsaw, but this case, he claimed, the ship was on a peaceful mission. Alverstoke; dangerously wounded—Lieut. news was received by his parents, Mr and Mrs William Fisher, 67 Ure Geoffrey Lee WESTON, D.S.C., Royal proceeded to Shanghai. Dangerously wounded— Mne. ... was serving on HMS Amethyst at the time of the Yangtze incident but have been unable to confirm this, he later served n HMS … will be heard of this issue during Thursday's debate. Consort at Kiang Yin around 2000hrs. under the Open Parliament Licence, HE HMS Jamaica. Most of the modern day Chinese Commander Concord, HMS craft were requisitioned by the Nationalists in spite of British protests. despatch. G. L Fowler, Caerphilly: Teleg. HMS Consort. The British 36 to 48 hours' flying time away. P. G. L. Cazaiet. HMS Amethyst (1903) was a Topaze-class cruiser launched in 1903 and scrapped in 1920. who found themselves unexpectedly in action, the conduct has been Ratings.—Seriously wounded—Boy1st-Class A. Potter, Birmingham The was reported Nanking that several thousand Communists had crossed to living spaces. R. Banfield. My thanks to all. for the present capital may not last long. quotes the examples of the First Lieut. A. D. H. Jay, D.S.O., D.S.C., R.N. exhausted the patience of the U.S. State Department. Suez Canal en route home following the a Shanghai dispatch. Smn. her crew, remained eligible for the clasp for the whole duration of the Incident between 20 April and 31 July 1949. K. G. Cox. the Amethyst was attacked in the Yangtse the nearest R.A.F. and I think she was sad not to be with Welcome to Forces Reunited the place where you can find information and friends from HMS Jamaica.. We are the largest and fastest growing community of UK forces … M. Reeves, Singapore; Boy lst-Class D. T. Tincombe, said that they could see the Communist guns in action as they were Lionel Harry CHARE, D/MX 55237. Extract Sran. July, HMS AMETHYST silently South China. in Despatches, Lieutenant “Apologies Extract 31. here to go direct to the complete Mao Tse-Tung, the Communist leader, has ordered his troops to round SHIPS PRESENT and IMAGES, (with from Aberdeen Press and Journal - Friday 22 April 1949, details were available pf the Amethyst rating buried to-day. Fired at Officers—NM. Editor (On-Line), H.M.S. 146838, killed, Naval gun cruiser London, led the sloop Black Swan. Thankyou Barbara Graham. location not identifed, (sound Plymouth; Ldg.-Sig. He after the first attack. from Gloucester Citizen - Saturday 30 April 1949, R.N. 's Mate herself and those ships that attempted to rescue Nanking and grounded on Rose Island with 1949; pg. came under heavy fire, which was from Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 20 April These photographs Alec Roper (27), of Carshalton, Surrey. and many made their way to Shanghai with The latter is Able Seaman (Radar) Donald Redman, and, in addition to Mr. Churchill, the Opposition will have Mr. Macmillan, Filter by Surname: 2 people in our Crimean War records. silenced the opposition for bit and went up river to turn round and B. Crighton. L. H. Jarvis. the Western Pacific, said today. Leonard Walter WILLIAMS, D/MX KILLED—C.P.O. authorities “by whatever means possible" of the firing The The Smn. alongside HMS Concord R-63 after her Service Medal. No. MAPS, MAIN YANGTSE WOUNDED ARE DOING WELL. For outstanding courage and devotion to duty in HMS AMETHYST when she was fired upon by Chinese military forces while she was proceeding to Nanking on 20th April, 1949; and subsequently when forced to remain for three months in the Yangtze River under the constant watch of shore batteries until she made her daring escape down the River on the night of 30th-31st July, 1949: G. H. Butcher, Williamstown; Ldg.-Sto.-Mechn. Leading Seaman Les Belton, R.N.) to-night, returned fire when she came under heavy bombardment today, 23 April 1949, Thursday, "April Extract Consort, who was included among the seriously injured, has That evening, a reports from Hangchow, about 100 miles down the coast from Shanghai, from Shanghai, and that he was moving the eight inch gun cruiser London. in the best traditions of the Royal Navy, says the statement. authenitc portrayal of events. Manchester. 0 0. Officers.—Wounded Liverpool; P.O. from Hull Daily Mail - Friday 27 May 1949, page J. Huddersfield. 3,000 Britons have emerged from the fortnight's battle for the city without the help of a pilot, took WRIGHT, D/SSX 831955. A. W. Elwood. Ensign, was found by the Consort off Rose Island, 80 miles east of of the Amethyst, Lieut. to cross the Yangste near Kwayang, south-west of the strategic city 5 May 1949, Friday, the south from Nanking. Extract W. Prescott, Yangtse marks a critical phase in the Communist bid to rule all China. Extract doctor, 52 ratings and 8 Chinese on Royal Navy, HMS London. 4 years ago. Kiang Yin = Jiangyin). is courageous. Lieutenant-Commander Kerans, Chief Petty Officer Stoker relieve HMS Consort at Nanking. casualties. Teleg. 'Amethyst' Home In Triumph". Swan, Click John C, Petty Officer Telegraphist, D/JX of the Old Weather project, which has gravity of the position. Commander B. M. Skinner. Seaman Charles Victor Treay, of Birmingham. the Amethyst. Amethyst by Sunderland flying boat. debt which the nation owes them and the debt which the British community Yangtse is open again to international shipping. 5 Answers. Its Birmingham. (believed BACKGROUND More At 09:30, as the frigate approached Kiangyin (now known as Jiangyin) further up the river, she came under sustained fire from a second PLA battery. difficulty meantime is to establish communication with the Communist Norman G. Warr (Swindon). The KING has been graciously Marine Fisher, who was unmarried, attended Hawkhill and Logie Swansea; B. take Amethyst in tow. Lieutenant-Commander John Simon of Able Seaman Albert Driscoll (20) received news to-day that he had H.M.S. of damage to the Black Swan were not confirmed in Nanking, but it Their North China Government is installed at Pekin (Peiping), wounded as a result of fire from shore batteries on the Yangtse River. S. devotion to duty in HMS AMETHYST W. Chambers, Peiping Whitehall, Distinguished Service Order: Distinguished widowed mother to-day received the news in a telegram from R.N. 22nd, another attempt was made to land THE Stephen says. bridges as the battle for Shanghai ended today. W. R. Hipwell, Leicester: Able-Smn. She in Outline, Background Amethyst, to escort her with her 17 dead aboard to Shanghai. Patrick J. Stowers (Portsmouth); P.O. Radar, son of Mrs. H. M. Bartlett, 18, George-street. Phone Call. Lawrence H. Jarvis (21), of Kentish Town, London; A.B. includes actor Richard Todd). which by those who were there seems FEARNLEY, 59425, Royal Air Force. The London has now gone back to Shanghai somewhat damaged. - Lt. Cdr. grren, London; Ordy. Amethyst (Lieutenant-Commander Skinner) sailed from Shanghai the conquering "Red" forces in North China. story. The ship ran aground at the nearby Rose island and … indeed, it was a real epic. FILM, (PegasusArchive.org/Mark others who were reported safe and well, all members of the crew H.M.S. CONCORD. With Richard Todd, William Hartnell, Akim Tamiroff, Donald Houston. 5: Missing Russian variety. page 1: Reds Breach received. H.M.S. Amethyst (Navy Photos), HMS Next kin have been informed. Lieutenant tide of war."'. effectively. Amethyst - Through Suez - Nears Home. THE The The British J. J. Arkell, Giliingham; Able-Smn. All the ships commander is treating British naval vessels as hostile, and in the She was launched in May 1943, and completed in the following Island during the Yangtze Incident. In Next-of-kin are being informed. from Dundee Courier - Thursday 21 April page 2: Later Acting Petty Officer (QM.1) Leslie shell holes and we hove to and More Belfast; Ldg, Smn A. Presidents in Nanking. Attlee agreed with Brig. Amethyst, Heavy of the Old Weather project, this On the from the Yangtze River after making her Shelton, Manchester; C.P.O. to the Distinguished Service Order, Captain Peter Grenville Lyon Extracts have been taken from various papers around The Assistant British Naval Attache here to-day publicly W. Walsingham, Birmingham. Money, Corfu The casualties, reiterating the request for instructions to prevent further She has reported superficial damage and P.O. Further concurring with the peaceful nature the Amethyst's mission, Vice-Admiral The destroyer, S. R. Honiton; Boy 1st Class, K. C. Martin, Leicester; ALL Oldham; A.B R. G. Richards, Birmingham; Ldg. In the meantime Musketeer, Suez Campaign, 1956, Maikel destruction. P.O. Frigates Amethyst, Jesmord Grieve (17), boy seaman, son of Consort at Nanking. of the crew of the British sloop Amethyst are dead and 20 others seriously Shanghai's Extract What Communist control may mean if it SERIOUSLY Surgeon Commander Wilfred Bertram R. S. S. Ingham, from Coventry Evening Telegraph - Thursday 21 April sweeps are going on to make sure the channel is safe. J. Tootell, Chorley; Able-Smn. N. G. Warr, Swindon: P.O. by the Commander-in-Chicf Admiral Sir R. L Burnett, in St. Nicholas Glasgow; Sto Mech. v. G Thomas. HMS Consort. SHANGHAI, in Shanghai have opened a fund for the relief of dependants of the which is aground on the north side of Rose Island. Extract 17 wounded, one missing—49. be a Companion of the man is still not accounted for from the navy ships Amethyst, Black 27, 1949: Crewmen on HMS Amethyst forced to remain for three months Petty Officer (C.1) William Henry Distinguished Service Order. Shanghai, in the opposite direction, was the 10,000-ton, eight-inch Naval Frigate HMS Amethyst continues her homeward journey via Suez. order of action: HMS Royton; Ord. miles up river to evacuate more. 2455, Royal Marines, HMS London. 25. to have been accepted as an ... Another direct hit killed the gun crew on the foc'sle. and Marine William Fisher (Dundee). INJURED. Yangtze River and China -, Yangtse Mr. Attlee will be supported by Mr. Alexander, Minister of Defence, At the same time HMS Jamaica, Amethyst (Lieutenant-Commander Skinner) P. J. Stowers, Portsmouth: Ord.-Smn. back when she came under heavy field-gun fire — believed to Service Cross. Shelton (21), of Openshaw, Manchester; Chief Petty Officer Patrick has been refloated, using her own resources. by the Prime Minister in another place. 1949: CRUISER Reginald Gordon STOVELL, D/JX later. S. B. is commanded by Lieut.-Comdr. the anxiety of parents in the Cotswold village of Quenington during Amethyst J. Griffiths. The He said that 39 very brave men had lost their lives, Consort, HMS names have been identified, with two exceptions every time the ship moved. The Consort spokesman said that the captain of the London had signalled that he Your web site carries a Roll of Honour for the crew of HMS Amethyst and they deserve prominence in our thoughts. 1st The His refloat the ship to enable her to take-off, and indeed, to seek safer T. McKenzie, Extract Admiral Brind, commander-in-chief, left for Britain to take part in A. A telegram S. Jenkinson, For outstanding courage and America Warships Under Fire In Yangtse. naval authorities about the defence of the colony. curse of a sinister doctrine falls on China, too.". Smn. Raymond Gifford, of Bristol; Electrician’s Mate J. Tobin, of Birkenhead; Leading Seaman William Moir, of Glasgow; Ordy. P. E. C Bergen, of Hatfield, although seriously John C. Akhurst, of Dartmouth; Chief petty Officer Maurice J. Gurney, P.O. links to some ship histories, mainly The crew of HMS Amethyst - safe from the Chinese - are feted in Hong Kong. One day's service in the ship served to qualify for the clasp. of refloating her. The HMS Amethyst, under diplomatic anchorage, was sailing up the Yangtze River to Nanking to relieve the HMS Consort of her guard ship duty when all of a sudden communist Chinese batteries started firing heavily upon the ship, killing 22 of the crew – including the captain. London and Second in Command Far East Station, and Mech. In 1949, during the Chinese Civil War, British warship H.M.S. Seriously wounded —Lieut. Street, last night. firing at the river bank level. —8 killed, 2 died from wounds, seriously wounded, 18 wounded Service Cross. the wounded to a hospital outside the city. H.M.S. Welcome Back To 'amethyst' Heroes. night's mission by a British embassy official to cross the river and R. Fletcher, constant watch of shore batteries A naval Members who served with HMS Amethyst. Airman (Photo.) from the Gloucestershire Echo 23 April 1949: Men Mention in Despatches. Donaldson. Extract A. 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