The raid on Zeebrugge.
This is a true story. On 23/04/1918, while the British fleet attacked the port of Zeebrugge, a bom fel near some houses.These houses were built in a circle and are still standing today... The impact of the explosion broke my grandmothers window and my father, a baby of 1 year old got thrown into a nearby field.Folks ran out of their houses, frightened, bewildered,... They found the baby and took it to my grandmother, saying it was dead. My grandmother, a strong Dutch woman from the isle of Walcheren, and having had 13 children, determently reanimated her youngest.
Augustinus Vermeulen became a merchant navy-man and married a British girl. There is a huge story to tell about his life during the second world war, providing Britain.
Somebody in Britain ought to make a film about the raid on Zeebrugge.
Thank you for sharing your family's story with us. Unfortunately it does not meet the criteria for inclusion on our site (we focus on stories from Britain and the Commonwealth) but nevertheless it is very interesting.
Lives of the First World War team