Earthquake medals for Royal Navy Veterans

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Earthquake medals for Royal Navy Veterans

Post by Irn Bru on Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:14 am

Two Royal Navy veterans of The Battle of the River Plate, who served in HMS Ajax & Exeter before the outbreak of the Second World War, have received a very special medal in recognition of their assistance 78 years ago to the people of Chile.

Frank Burton (98) and Basil Trott (97) were serving with the Royal Navy’s South America squadron in January 1939, when an 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Chillán and Concepcion regions of Chile.

Both ships sailed directly to assist the Chilean authorities and at Talcahuano, the port of Concepcion, they confronted a scene of total devastation and immediately began their rescue efforts; clearing streets, pulling down unstable buildings and ferrying survivors back up to Valparaiso.

The earthquake killed up to 30,000 people, injuring many more, and recorded as the single deadliest earthquake ever to hit Chile.

Well done Chile and the Royal Navy. You really are finest and served by the finest men and women who signed up. Not quite Rule Brittania anymore but the finest nevertheless.

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Re: Earthquake medals for Royal Navy Veterans

Post by Sassy on Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:18 pm

Never knew about that and I doubt many do. Fantastic job.
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