b. 01/01/1885 Barton, Gloucestershire. d. 26/06/1940 Chatham, Kent.
Dobson was an experienced submariner and small motor boat captain whoserved in World War I. He was 34 years old, and a commander in the Royal Navy serving with the North Russia Relief Force when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 18 August 1919 at Kronstadt, Russia, Commander Dobson was in command of the Coastal Motor Boat Flotilla which he led through the chain of forts to the entrance to Kronstadt harbour. CMB 31BD, a 55 ft boat, from which he directed the general operations then passed in under heavy machine-gun fire and hit the battleship Andrei Pervozvanny with both torpedoes, subsequently returning through heavy fire to the open sea.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, GREENWICH, LONDON.
BURIAL PLACE: WOODLANDS CEMETERY, GILLINGHAM, KENT.
Claude Dobson's medals including his VC and DSO from the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. (Jan 2015)
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
Courtesy of Stewart May
Freemason's Memorial, London (Brian Drummond)