RAN helps in British raid to block Belgian canal

On the night of 22-23 April 1918 Artificer Engineer W. H. V Edgar, RAN, and 10 ratings from HMAS Australia, loaned to a variety of British ships participated in the raid to block the canal at Zeebrugge, Belgium.

The object of the raid was to deny the use of the canal to German submarines and destroyers operating in the North Sea. Despite very heavy casualties suffered by RN and Royal Marines during the raid, none of the Australians were killed or wounded.

Subsequent awards for gallantry were made to 7 of the RAN participants:

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