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Several weeks ago
it was brought to my attention that from among the Admiralty records
relating to the 1949 Yangtze Incident that are available for public
examination within the National Archives at Kew, HMS CONCORDís log for
July1949 held under the reference; ĎADM 53/125839í had been pulled for
some sort of examination.
Well as of this
date, Wednesday 27th August 2008 it would seem that, ĎADM
53/125839í is now in the post and on its way back to the National
Archives at Kew, from a Government office at Portsmouth where it was
allegedly being examined. Was it being examined for some unforeseen
and extraordinary reason? Like for instance, was it the genuine log
from H.M.S. Concord, covering the dates 30th and 31st
July 1949, or was it the false log that had been made up and used to
replace the original for the dates 30th and 31st
Upon the orders
of no lesser an authority than that of the C-in-C, Far East Station,
Admiral Sir Patrick Brind, H.M.S. Concord, was on the 30th
July 1949 ordered to enter Chinaís, Yangtze River, and there after to
make its way to a location on that river known as the Woosung Forts,
to train its armament on the Forts, in readiness to respond in the
event of H.M.S. Amethyst, being fired upon whilst making its escape
bid from where it had been held hostage on the Yangtze River, since 20th
being shown here is one of H.M.S. Amethyst that was taken with a
Brownie camara as H.M.S. Amethyst, in the early hours of the morning
passed by H.M.S. Concord, which was providing covering for the
Amethyst, at a location in close proximity to the Woosung Forts, on
Chinaís, Yangtze River.
the photo the Union Jack that had been painted on canvas and
attached to bearing-off-spars is still unfurled down the Amethystís,
ships side from the time, of the order being given to do so on the
20th April 1949.
next two photographsís being posted on the next page, they were also
taken with a Brownie camara on the 31st July 1949 within
the estuary of Chinaís Yangtze River, when the Amethyst, came
alongside of H.M.S. Concord, to take onboard provisions and oil
fuel, this took place at a location known as the Saddle. On the left
hand side of the top photo some of the damage that was inflicted
upon the Amethyst, on the 20th April 1949 is noticeable,
and in between H.M.S. Amethyst and Concord, again the unfurled Union
Jack, already referred to can again be seen.
To the left of
the bottom photograph the land fall of a small island in the mouth
of the river can be seen and of course, Amethystís name is also
visible the photo.
Concord, escorted H.M.S. Amethyst, out of Chinaís Yangtze River,
H.M.S. Concord, was stopped and boarded by Captain D of H.M.S.
Cossack, and it was then that the ships log of H.M.S. Concord,
covering the 30th and 31st July 1949 was taken
out of commission and replaced with another. H. M. S. Concord, was
then ordered else where.
If in this
present day and age some Government or Admiralty office is prepared
to go to the length of pulling from circulation a file such H.M.S.
Concordís, log for July 1949 that was being held within the National
Archives at Kew then perhaps Prime Minister, Brown, or a delegate of
the First Sea Lord, might consider attending the Eighth Destroyer
Flotilla, Far East Station, Associationís, Annual Reunion at
Scarburgh, over the weekend commencing, Friday, 12th
September, 2008 and meet up with the yet unrecognised and unrewarded
heroes, from H.M.S. Concordís 1949 commission that were involved in
the 1949 Yangtze Campaign.
In the meantime
here is some further reading material, it in the form a hand written
letter that on the 5th August 1949 a young Royal Navy
Commander, by the name of Peter Dickens, that was Flag Officer, to
the C-in-C, on board H.M.S. Belfast, on the Far East Station, wrote
to his father Admiral Dickens.
And And here is a further five
pages of Commander, Dickens, hand written correspondence with
his parent Admiral Dickens.
Commander Peter Dickens had a
long and distinguished career in the Royal Navy going on to
become Admiral Sir, Peter Dickens.