Waterbodies & Maritime => Chatham Dockyard => Topic started by: Jason on April 26, 2010, 22:00:33

Title: Dockyard Accident - Not sure when...
Post by: Jason on April 26, 2010, 22:00:33
Hi

After serving in the Royal Marines Light Infantry before and during the First World War, my great-grandfather William Ross was a member of the Royal Marines Military Police (IIRC), whose job it was to guard Britain's Dockyards.

He was present in Chatham Dockyard when another man was beheaded as a cable attached to one of the cranes snapped.  Apparently he  reassembled the body so it could be taken away.  After that he didn't speak to anyone for several days, and nobody knew why until one of his colleagues told them.

Does anyone know anything about this accident at all?  I don't know when it was but from what he was doing at the time I'd guess it was around the 1920s.

Cheers

Jason
Title: Re: Dockyard Accident - Not sure when...
Post by: kyn on April 27, 2010, 09:15:37
Can't find anything in the Times.
Title: Re: Dockyard Accident - Not sure when...
Post by: cliveh on April 27, 2010, 20:23:22
Hi Jason

The Royal Marine Police Force took over from the Metropolitan Police in the Dockyard on 31st Jan 1932 so it would be after this date sometime.

cliveh