Bruges, Belgium - the Port of Ostend
A group of people lean on railings outside a large building overhanging the Port of Ostend. The port was founded in 1584, near the Belgian city of Bruges. Ostend is now a major city in its own right.
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1910s, Arch, Archway, Belgian, Belgium, Brick, Brickwork, Bruges, Building, Jan16, Large, Medieval, Ostend, People, Port, Ports, Railings, Roof, Tiled, Water
Zeebrugge - Petty Officer Reed rescuing Lieutenant Alleyn
One of the eight actions which earned the Victoria Cross during the Zeebrugge Raid of 1918. Petty-officer Reed found Lieutenant Sir John Alleyne was unable to leave the conning tower on board the Vindictive owing to a severe wound. He therefore proceeded to carry Lieutenant Alleyne to the side after a difficult journey over a metal strewn deck all the while being subjected to heavy fire from different angles. In spite of this, Reed was able to reach the side and drop Lieut. Alleyne after shouting to those below. Both men were eventually rescued. Date: 1918
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Lieutenant Rex Warneford - WWI Ace Hero
On 7 June 1915 at Ghent, Belgium, Reginald ('Rex') Alexander John Warneford, VC (1891- 1915), a Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) officer, flying a Morane-Saulnier Type L, attacked and completely destroyed the German airship LZ37 in mid air. He had chased the airship from the coast near Ostend and, despite its defensive machine-gun fire, succeeded in dropping his bombs on it, the last of which set the airship on fire. The explosion overturned the attacking plane and stopped its engine. Having no alternative, Warneford had to land in hostile country, but after 35 minutes spent on repairs, he managed to restart the engine and returned to base. For his bravery, Warneford received the Victoria Cross"
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