War hero’s great-great nephew gets in touch

Daniel Kneller laying a poppy cross in Belgium at the site of the farm where his great-great uncle killed several Germans and took 16 prisoners
Daniel Kneller laying a poppy cross in Belgium at the site of the farm where his great-great uncle killed several Germans and took 16 prisoners
On the evening of October 23,1970 two tankers collided six miles south of the Isle of Wight. 13 crewmen died.

Flames from the oil tanker Pacific Glory could be seen from Portsdown Hill

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You may remember back in May I wrote about James Ockendon, who was awarded the Victoria Cross when he single-handedly took several prisoners during the Great War.

I have received a letter from his great-great nephew Daniel Kneller, who recently visited the site of the action and laid a poppy cross.

The t’Goed ter Vesten Farm is in Belgium and Daniel has further information on the action.

He says: ‘Ockendon saw a platoon officer near him knocked out. He identified the machine gun post holding up the advance and he rushed it and killed the crew.

All but one man, who ran.

‘James gave chase and slew the man in the open amid the cheers of his comrades. It must be noted that they were still under fire at this time.

‘Later the same day, the warrior attacked a farm and killed a further four Germans and took 16 prisoners.’