Thank you for your reply. My Grandfather Albert Edward Cartridge was in the RNVR in WWII and as I have now discovered served as Mate on board Pilot Vessel number 4. He served on the fireboats as a fireman in Poole Harbour and I guess the status of all firemen would be similar.Hello Geoff
Thank you for adding to the story which adds more detail to the events of that night. It would appear HMS Javelin would have been the destroyer which took took off survivors. Do you have a copy of the letter your grandfather wrote to Commander Lyons? Also do you know anything more of the status of Patrol Vessel 4 and its original Dutch owners, and do you have any information on your grandfather’s status with the boat, whether as a Mate he was classed as a civilian or something else?
Thank you for your response. It's entirely possible that the incident with Mountbatten did occur during WW1. Perhaps astonishingly, given his age, Mountbatten did serve as a Midshipman aboard the HMS Lion and HMS Queen Elizabeth from 1916 onwards:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Mou ... rly_career
[NB: It may fit with him being younger and more arrogant at that earlier point in his career.]
Your Grandfather seems to have tried to enlist in 1915 but was rejected as being underage, and would later successfully sign up towards the end of 1916:
http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.u ... r/D8513961
http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.u ... r/D8521697
It's incredible to think of the confrontation as they would have both been pretty much literally boys at the time. Your Grandfather would have been 20 at Armistice Day and Mountbatten, 18.
It may just be an interesting symmetry that Mountbatten came to be tangentially involved in the Pilot Boat iv incident.
It seems like your Grandfather would have felt the incident very deeply, particularly as he was moved to write that letter on the 2nd of December, which must have been very soon after he returned to Poole, certainly it was dated the same day as the telegram on the cfv forum.
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