The Live Bait Squadron Bulletin 15 – Easter 2018


Dear all,

This Bulletin-15 is dated 1st April 2018, Easter Sunday. It is the first Bulletin of this year. It is my intention to keep on writing Bulletins as long as new Members arrive, and as long as I trace interesting items for all my readers. I am certain this Bulletin will be closely read. Just keep on reading and turning the pages, and you will know why I dare say this.

Over here in Holland we suffered a bad winter, and I noticed Britannia got her part too. I cannot speak for all readers in the very far away parts of the world like Australia, United States, Africa, Canada, New Zealand etcetera. I hope you are all well, and are going to enjoy a fine Easter weekend.

In this Bulletin I welcome two new Members:

– Percy Chambers, HMS Hogue

– Edward Parsons, HMS Aboukir

This Bulletin is the first in 2018, ànd the publication of The LBS Archives part 5.


My best wishes to you all. And: as always looking forward to your reactions.

The next Bulletin-16 is scheduled 22 September 2018. If before that date something urgent pops up, I will let you know.

Henk H.M. van der Linden


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  1. Dear Mr van der Linden
    I am amazed to have found this website when doing some simple research into the sinking of HMS Cressey. My father, born in 1919 died 2013, was named after his uncle Frank Gerrish who was lost in the sinking of the ship – I believe he was 17 years old, Act/Engine Room Artificer 4C. I recently received a photo of my great-uncle Frank in uniform, by email, from a distant member of the Gerrish family who is researching the family tree. Sadly I knew nothing about the commemoration in 2014. My brother, a retired RN Lieut. Commander would I am sure, have gone with me to the service at Chatham. I have always thought how terrible it was that so many boys were lost. I don’t know whether Frank worked in HM Dockyard Chatham at the outbreak of the war but my grandfather Ernest, his brother certainly did and the Gerrish family had strong links to the dockyard. I seem to remember my late father telling me that a Dutch man had been researching the loss of the three ships but I’ve no idea how he knew. He thought it would be amazing if his uncle, whom of course he never knew, had been one of those washed ashore but we will never know. Thank you for all you have done to ensure all those men were not forgotten.

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