1209. Amelia (Minnie) FORTESCUE79 was born on 25 November 1859. She was baptized on 29 April 1860 in St Marys, Paddington, London. She died in 1918. During an Operation
Amelia (Minnie) FORTESCUE and Frederick HOLLIS from Isle of Wight were married on 12 November 1889. Frederick HOLLIS from Isle of Wight79 was born in 1850 in Godshill, Isle of Wight, Hants.5 He appeared in the census on 3 April 1881 in Godshill, Isle of Wight, Hants. He was living in 1918 in Brighstone Limerstone Farm, Isle of Wight, Hants.
Amelia (Minnie) FORTESCUE and Frederick HOLLIS from Isle of Wight had the following children:
|Mabel Lillian HOLLIS.|
| Dora Irene HOLLIS79 was born in 1892. She died in 1968.|
| Frederick HOLLIS79 was born in 1894.|
|Ethel Constance HOLLIS.|
|Henry Thomas HOLLIS79 was born in 1897 in Appleford Farm, Godshill, Isle of Wight, Hants. He died on 23 April 1918 in on HMS IRIS at Zeebrugge. Name: HOLLIS, HENRY|
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Able Seaman
Regiment: Royal Navy
Unit Text: H.M.S. Iris II
Date of Death: 23/04/1918
Service No: J/56456
Additional information: Son of Frederick and Amelia Hollis, of Limerstone Farm, Brighstone, Isle of Wight. Born at Appleford Farm, Godshill, Isle of Wight. A Yeoman Farmer.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: P. W. 65A.
Cemetery: DOVER (ST. JAMES'S) CEMETERY
Zeebrugge. Planned to neutralise the key Belgian ports of Zeebrugge and Ostend, both used by the German Navy as a base for submarines and light shipping, the Raid on Zeebrugge was launched early on the morning of 23 April 1918. The operation began badly however. The prepared smokescreen to cover the Vindictive as it landed its troop contents proved ineffective in the face of unexpected winds.
Under crippling fire the old cruiser moored in the wrong location, its guns effectively out of action. However an old submarine did destroy the mole connecting the bridge to the shore after it exploded containing explosives.
The loss of the Vindictive's guns was significant: without their crucial support the shore batteries remained untaken. In turn their sustained fire also disabled a further three ancient British cruisers - Thetis, Iphigenia and Intrepid - packed with concrete and which had moved into the inner harbour, preventing them from halting and scuttling themselves in their correct pre-assigned locations at the narrow entrance to the canal.