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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


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)

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

Janine Melville

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.

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.

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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