Charles W. Broad

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Able Seaman Charles W. Broad J.20915 [Aged 23Son of John James and Alice Rosa Broad, of 222, Lordship Rd., Stoke Newington, London

 killed in Daugava river near Bolderaja, Riga, Latvia by attacking West Russian Army.


HMS Dragon (pennant number D46) , one of the fastest-built ships of the time, was laid down on 24 January 1917 in Glasgow.

She was launched on 29 December that year. However, it was not until 10 August 1918 she was finally commissioned at Harwich by the Royal Navy as HMS Dragon, commanded by Capt. A. H. Allington.

 Armed with six 6-inch guns, the light cruiser was commissioned too late to enter service during the World War I.

She carried HRH The Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VIII) to Canada in August 1919 to begin a Royal Tour.

She then took part in the Russian Civil War as part of a task force aiding independent Latvia and Estonia against the Bolsheviks and German forces in October and November 1919, as part of the British intervention in the Baltic.

On 17 October 1919 Dragon was hit by three shells fired from a shore battery while taking part in operations against Russia-German (West Russian Volunteer Army)  forces attacking Riga, suffering nine killed and five wounded.


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        17.10.1919 | West-Russian army attacks HMS Dragon

        On 17 October in 1919, the British cruiser HMS Dragon which supported the Latvian army to protect Riga from West Russian Volunteer army was struck, and nine sailors lost their lives. Four were injured.

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