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186.
Jan. 13, 2019

***Notice of the final AMETHYST Association Reunion***

We have a venue and date for the 2019 Amethyst Association Reunion. This will be the 70th anniversary of the Yangtze Incident and sadly this will be the last reunion.

The 2019 reunion will be:
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th September 2019

At the Crowne Plaza Plymouth, Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 2HJ
Rate is £127 per room per night bed and breakfast (no discount for single occupancy); twin beds £10 extra. £30 per person for the Gala Meal. The Friday night meal will be in the restaurant from the menu. Parking is £7 per day.

Trudy will need names and payment by the 31st July 2019 to 1 Warton Lane, Austrey, Atherstone CV9 3EJ. Phone 01827 830334 & email TrudyS@euroteck.co.uk

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes,
Gilly O'Reilly
on behalf of Lt. Cdr. Stewart Hett (Retired)


185.
Jan. 11, 2019

70th Anniversary of the 1949 Yangtze Incident:

The AMETHYST and LONDON Associations are planning a simple Ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday 28 April 2019 to commemorate the 1949 Incident and to Remember the men who lost their lives in this Incident.

The Ceremony will start at 11 : 00, with a Service in the NMA Chapel at 11 : 30; to be followed by an act of Remembrance at the Yangtze Grove. A table will be arranged for all the AMETHYST people to have lunch.  The LONDON people will return to their Hotel for lunch.

The LONDON Association will be holding their annual Reunion at the Lea Marston Hotel from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 April.  Anyone with links to the Four Ships involved in the Incident (HM Ships AMETHYST, CONSORT, LONDON and BLACK SWAN), are cordially invited to join them at their Gala Dinner on the Evening of Saturday 27 April. 

If you wish to attend the NMA Ceremony with lunch, please contact Gillian O'Reilly by 17th March. gillianor@icloud.com

Anyone wishing to Join the LONDON Association Dinner at Lea Marston Hotel please notify Donna Overton by 17th March. donna.overton@virgin.net

Best wishes,
Gilly O'Reilly
(daughter of Lt. Cdr. K. S. Hett)


184.
Jan. 6, 2019

I was curious to see what information you have on the HMS Amethyst that the website does not provide, and a man named Edward Walker who served during the Yangtze Incident and was my grandfather but unfortunately passed away years ago. Apparently they all earned a medal for serving on the boat and you wouldn't have his but if i knew what i was looking for, i could at least make a start. All of this out of a conversation with my dad and uncle. Any information is much appreciated.

Many thanks,
Ryan Walker

Reply 1
Jan. 9, 2019

There was a Able Seaman Jack Walker on board HMS AMETHYST during the Yangtze Incident, he did not have an initial “E” to his name, so he is not on record as Edward Walker. It is possible that your Grandfather changed his name, or used a nick name. If your Grandfather was Jack Walker he would certainly have been awarded the Yangtze Clasp to the Naval General Service medal. This medal is only awarded once. Subsequent awards are marked by adding the various bars to the medal. Many Amethyst men were awarded the NGS Medal for service in Malaya and would wear the medal with a Malaya clasp. Those involved in the Yangtze Incident would then have received the Yangtze Clasp. If you click the link below, you will see a picture of the Naval General Service Medal Medal with Yangtze Clasp.

(Naval General Service Medal with Yangtze Clasp)

Regards,
Stewart Hett


183.
Dec. 25, 2018

I am trying to find information on a relative that was killed on the H.M.S. Amethyst. His name was Charles Battams, known as Charlie, and was the cousin of my late mother. She often told me the story of The Yangtze Incident and her last meeting with him before he left for the trip. The only information I have found so far is his service number and his name on the memorial. Would anyone on the website remember him and be able to tell me anything about him that I can add to the family records. Even the smallest detail would be of interest to me.

Kind regards,
David Pearce

Reply 1
Dec. 26, 2018

Charles Battams was an Ordinary Seaman on board HMS AMETHYST and was killed when the ship came under fire from the Chinese Communists Batteries, on 20 April 1949. I was in AMETHYST with Charles, though I did not know him very well. I was with him when his body was committed to the River in a traditional Naval Funeral. I will make some enquiries, but I am afraid it is unlikely that I will be able to find anyone who remembers him now after so many years have passed, and I am afraid us veterans no longer have very good memories.

Charles Battams death is honoured in several places. One a Brass Roll of Honour in the Naval Church in the Royal Naval Barracks in Plymouth. In a Book of Remembrance in the Naval Church in the Royal Naval Base, Portsmouth and on a Brass Plaque in Her Majesties Ambassador's residence in Beijing. I was present when all these Rolls were dedicated. None of these places are easy for you to access, but the best place to see Charles Name recorded is in the Armed Forces Memorial in the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The Armed Forces Memorial records the names of all military people who have lost their lives during Military Service since WWII. As you go into the Memorial his name is on the inside of the outside wall directly on your left.

Regards,
Stewart Hett


182.
Dec. 25, 2018

I believe my father may have served on the Amethyst during the the Yangtze Incident, his name is John (Jack) Ashford, he would have been 19 at the time, I'm wondering if anyone can confirm this or has recollections of him?

Thanks,
David Holmberg

Reply 1
Dec. 26, 2018

I served with your Father in HMS AMETHYST. He was an Able Seaman and one of the men who were evacuated from the ship in April 1949 to save valuable lives. He rejoined the ship after she escaped from the Yangtze. During the 70s and 80s he travelled to UK from South Africa to attend some of the Yangtze Association Reunions. And on one occasion he stayed with me at my house. I exchange Christmas cards with him, but in recent years he did not send me a card and I assumed he had passed away.  He told me his sons had moved from RSA to Australia, but he was unable to follow them, I expect it was you.  I would appreciate any news you can send me about your Father.

Best wishes for the New Year,
Stewart Hett


181.
Dec. 22, 2018

I'm trying to find out about my Granny's cousin, John Murphy (Co Tyrone) he served on HMS Amethyst in 1949. I only found out about him when sorting my late Granny's belongings and she had a newspapers cutting from their home town "A hero's welcome" sadly I believe he passed away in 2016. 

Kind regards
Shaun Kelly

Reply 1
Dec. 24, 2018

John Murphy was an Ordfinary Seaman on board HMS AMETHYST duringn the Yangtze Incident and was with me when we escaped in July 1949. There was also a Jeremiah Murphy on board but they were not related. I will have photos of him on board and will look them out in the New Year.

Best wishes for Christmas,
Stewart Hett


180.
Dec. 21, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Douglas Baker, husband of Joyce. Douglas died on the 10th December 2018. Douglas was a veteran of the Korean war and served on Amethyst between 1951-1953 and regularly attended the association reunions.

His funeral will take place in the New year (date tbc), please contact Gilly for details. Stewart, Trudy, Sally, Gilly and Alan attended the funeral of Maureen Calcott on Wednesday in Coventry and Ray asked me to pass on his thanks to the association for attending and to all those who have sent messages, cards and flowers of condolence.

Best wishes,
Gilly O'Reilly
On behalf of Lt Cdr Stewart Hett (Retired)


179.
Dec. 12, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Maureen Calcott, wife of Ray Calcott. Maureen died on the 3rd December 2018. Maureen regularly attended the association reunions. Her funeral takes place at Canley Garden cemetery and crematorium, Cannon Hill Road, Coventry, CV4 7DF at 12.15 on the 19th December 2018; followed by a wake to celebrate her life, at the The Coombe Social Club, Brinklow Road, Coventry, CV3 2HY.

Best wishes,
Gilly O'Reilly
On behalf of Lt Cdr Stewart Hett (Retired)



178.
Nov. 11, 2018

I found this photo on your site on the Crew Photos page. The first man James Mcclean is my great grandpa and he served on the HMS Amethyst while going to help Consort at Nanking. He tried to save ‘Mick' but he was unable too, he managed to get his body to the sandbanks so that he could be buried at home.

Jordan Mccurdie
Northern Ireland

 

177.
July 20, 2018

Dear HMS Amethyst Friend,
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Arnold Sampson. Arnold died on the 11th July 2018. Arnold was a Veteran on-board HMS AMETHYST during the 1949 Yangtze Incident and was on-board for the Ship's triumphant return to the UK in the Autumn of 1949. He was a member of the AMETHYST Association and regularly attended the Annual Reunions. Arnold's funeral will take place on the 10th August 2018 in Warrington Church, service at 10:00 am followed by  the crematorium. A celebration of his life will be held in the Tetley Walker's club, everyone welcome.

Here are the details of Arnold Sampson's funeral on the 10th August 2018.
Service at: St. Elphins Church, Church Street, Warrington WA1 2TL at 10:00 a.m. (parking available in the Sainsbury's car park opposite the church).
Cremation at: Walton Lea Crematorium, Chester Road, Warrington WA4 6TB at 11:00 a.m. Refreshments will be served at: Tetleys Club, Long Lane, Warrington WA2 8PU.

Best wishes,
Gilly on behalf of Lt. Cdr. Stewart Hett (Retired)


176.
July 15, 2018

Firstly, thank you for your website. My uncle Teddy is/was Edmund Tattersall (Writer, D/SMX 815173 ) aboard the HMS Amethyst. He was born in 1928 and not quite 21 when he died 20th April 1949 I have some family photos (showing below) that I am sure you would appreciate for your website and I would be more than proud to have them on there also. There is no-one in my family surviving to ask questions to regarding these photos, and I am sure you would be able to obtain more information in regards to the people in them than I can. He was buried at sea, though the photos are of his service There is One photo I am yet to send you, of Edmund's photo with a picture of the HMS Amethyst inset into it, I will have to ask around my siblings for it. The photos are provided by the Tattersall & Melville families If you have any  questions I would be happy to try and answer them if I can Again, thank you for your website, it helps to know that what they went through did not go unnoticed

Regards,
Janine Melville
Australia

Addendum
I have just now noticed that my brother (Doug Melville) posted to the website back in 2014 (Message #165) he has also uploaded a couple of photos also. I'm very pleased about this, and the reply he received from Stewart Hett was amazing.

Thanks again,
Janine Melville

 
Writer Edmund Tattersall, late of HMS Amethyst.

Memorial at Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland.

175.
May 6, 2018

This is just to inform you of the death of my Papa Robert Gibson who served on the Amethyst.

Yours sincerely,
Michelle Trow
Reply 1
May 7, 2018

I was so sad to learn that your Father has died. It was very kind of you to let us know through MaritimeQuest. Old Age makes it difficult for me to remember people from years past, but I know your Father was in HMS AMETHYST when she came under fire in the Yangtze in 1949. And I am sure he was onboard for our memorable return to the United Kingdom in the Autumn of that year. He was a Member of the AMETHYST Association for many years. I am sure all Members of our Association will join me in sending you our sincere Sympathy in your great loss.

Sincerely,
Stewart Hett

Reply 2
May 7, 2018

It is with Great Sadness that we learn that Robert Gibson has died. Robert served on board HMS AMETHYST as a Stoker Mechanic in April 1949 during the Yangtze Incident. He was a member of the AMETHYST Association.

Gilly O'Reilly



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