Jack Croasdaile in World War 1

Jack was 20 at the outbreak of the war.  Records show him serving on three "Insect class" River gunboats on the Yangtze River.  Logs record the ships travelled hundreds of miles up the River. 

On 26th July 1917 he joined HMS Whiting. http://www.naval-history.net/OWShips-WW1-10-HMS_Whiting.htm

Place: Hong Kong

Lat 22.3, Long 114.2

Person: Boarded: J.L. Croasdaile Sub Lt. RNR (from Tamar?)

Sub Lt
                Croasdaile joins Whiting
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 On 17th August 1917 he joined  HMS Tamar.  http://www.naval-history.net/OWShips-WW1-80-HMS_Tamar.htm

Place: Hong Kong

Longitude: 114.2

Other: 6.15 USS Pangpanga + Helena sailed W.

Other: 8.40 C 36 Submarine proceeded W.

Other: 11.40 C 36 Returned to Camber.

Other: 11.30 Chinese Gunboat Kwan Kun Arrived East.

Other: 5-0 Lieut Croasdale + 1QB From P+O Narrod joined Ship

Lt Croasdaile joins Tamar
On 9th November 1918 he rejoined HMS Scarab "from hospital" http://www.naval-history.net/OWShips-WW1-11-HMS_Scarab.htm


At Hankow

Lat 30.57, Long 114.3

6.00am: Hands employed cleaning ship.

8.45am: Hands employed cleaning ship.

10.30am: Lt. Croasdaile rejoined ship from Hospital.

Noon: Dinner.

12.30pm: 1 Stoker Rating joined ship from Hospital for passage to Shanghai.

pm: Leave to Starb Watch from 1.30 until 7am.

1.30pm: Landed liberty men.

4.00pm: Evening Quarters.

6.30pm: Landed liberty men.

7.30pm: Landed liberty men.

9.00pm: Rounds Correct.

10.00pm: Pipe down.    
Lt Croasdaile
                rejoined ship from hospital
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The Scrarab patrolled extensively up the river, as this map showing its positions shows.

Map showing HMS Scarab positions in 1918

After the end of the war Jack appears to have remained in the far east.  On 9th April 1919 he joined HMS Moorhen  as Commanding Officer. https://www.naval-history.net/OWShips-WW1-11-HMS_Moorhen.htm.  

9 April 1919

Moorhen gets a new commanding officer.
Hong Kong
Lat 22.29, Long 114.17
  6.00am: Called hands.
  6.15am: Hands employed cleaning ship.
  7.30am: Quarters, clean guns.
  8.00am: Breakfast.
  9.00am: Hands employed as requisite.
  9.30am: Lieutenant JL Croasdaile joined ship to take over Command.
10.30am: Lieutenant Watson left ship.
     Noon: Dinner.
  2.00pm: Hands employed as requisite.
  4.00pm: Tea.

Extract from HMS Moorhen log, 9th April 19
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He remained in command of HMS Moorhen at least until at least June 1919 as this log shows:

15 June 1919

Kwei Hsien [aka Kwei Hsing-ye, now Guigang]
Lat 23.08, Long 109.6
  6.00am: Called hands.
  6.30am: Hands cleaning ship.
  7.30am: Quarters, clean guns.
  8.00am: Breakfast.
  8.30am: Clear up decks.
10.00am: Hands to divisions.
     Noon: Hands to dinner.
  4.00pm: Tea.
  Page signed by the Captain, Lt JL Croasdaile.

Extract from HMS Moorhen Log, 15th Jun 1919

Peter Moss.  Updated 7th August 2019.  Back to main page