Seven to Chief Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic O.F.C.Aubrey, Royal Navy, killed in action during the Yangtze incident of 1949,
Lot 49
Seven to Chief Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic O.F.C.Aubrey, Royal Navy, killed in action during the Yangtze incident of 1949,
Sold for £2,350 (US$ 3,992) inc. premium
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Seven to Chief Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic O.F.C.Aubrey, Royal Navy, killed in action during the Yangtze incident of 1949,
Naval General Service 1915-62, two bars, Palestine 1936-1939, Yangtze 1949 (KX80496 O.F.C.Aubrey Sto1 RN); 1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star with North Africa 1942-43; Italy Star; War Medal; Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct, G.VI.R. (KX80496 O.F.C.Aubrey CH.Sto HMS Boscowen.). Extremely fine. (7)

Footnotes

  • The following paragraph is the offical statement of the circumstances that led to Aubrey's death, a copy of this is supplied with the lot.

    Chief Stoker Petty Mechanic O.F.C.Aubrey: Was wounded by a machine gun bullet when proceeding ashore in the whaler at about 10.30 on 20th April after the ship grounded. He tried to swim ashore but was drowned despite the efforts of Ordinary Seaman L.Hutchinson (D/SSX 661144) to save him.

    A replacement group was issued in the early 1980's.

    Owen Frederick Charles Aubrey was born at Fovant, Wiltshire on 24th July 1912. He joined the royal Navy in October 1930 and served as a Stoker aboard HMS Hood from March 1931. He then volunteered for submarine service in submarines from November 1934. After completing his training he served aboard H.M.S. Cyclops and Douglas, including service in Palestine before rejoining the submarine service at HMS Dolphin, serving in the submarine H32 up to the outbreak of WW2. In November 1939 he joined the destroyer Antelope and served in her until April 1944, and then joined Boscawen.

    He received his LSGC in December 1945. He joined the Ameythst in November 1947 and was serving as a Chief Stoker Petty Officer Mechanic. At 08.32 on the 20th april 1949, H.M.S. Amethyst was fired upon by the Communist Chinese Forces on the north bank of the river Yangtze. Firing ceased shortly afterwards, so far without casualties to the ship, but started again at around 09.15 when several direct hits were taken and serious casualties occured.

    At one point it was decided to abandon ship and around 60 rating began swimming ashore, they were subjected to small arms and artillery fire, and no one was allowed to leave the ship. Of those that swam ashore 50 reached Shanghai, 10 remained on the bank and later returned to the ship and Aubrey was killed, a further three were carried down river and picked up by Consort, one was missing and two were taken to hospital ashore.

    Of the 22 killed Aubrey was the most senior rating.
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