Lieutenant Commander Frank Arthur Worsley was an accomplished navigator and mariner as well as an Antarctic and Arctic adventurer. He had an eventful war from sinking submarines to fighting the Bolsheviks in Russia.
Temporary Lieutenant Commander H. Clyde Evans was a mariner, blockade-runner and lawyer. In 1914 he was in England and joined the Royal Naval Division, quickly rising to command D Company of Nelson Battalion. He was killed in action at Cape Helles, Gallipoli, during the third battle for Krithia.
Lieutenant George Andrew Drummond DSC, MID* Royal Naval Reserve served in paddle minesweepers operating out of Dover, being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and being mentioned in despatches twice before he was killed when HMS Plumpton struck a mine and was lost in October 1918.
Sydney Francis Anderson was an electrical and mechanical engineer from Napier who joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1916. He was posted to seaplanes undertaking reconnaissance and anti-submarine patrols in the North Sea. During his service he was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, was Mentioned in Despatches and was awarded the Board of Trade medal for saving life at sea.
Leading Stoker Charles Williams from Christchurch had a very adventurous seafaring career. He was part of the Scott expedition to the South Pole, fought in the Battle of Jutland, was in a ship that was sunk by a mine, fought hand to hand with the crew of a German destroyer that his ship had rammed and took part in the raid on Ostend.
Stoker First Class Leslie Follett was a young man from Marton Junction who went to sea at an early age. In 1914 he was on a Norwegian vessel when it was inspected by the Germans. Claiming that he was Norwegian he was not made prisoner and when his vessel arrived in Britain he joined the Royal Navy. Posted to the battle cruiser HMS Queen Mary Leslie was lost when the ship went down in the battle of Jutland in 1916.
Henry Brusey was the skipper of the trawler Nora Niven in 1918 when that vessel was requisitioned to sweep mines laid by the German Auxiliary Cruiser SMS Wolf off New Zealand in 1917. Despite no experience in the field Henry was described by Captain Hall-Thompson as being very competent and the best of the four skippers who found themselves in the same situation.
Frank Kivell was a young New Zealander who joined the first New Zealand Naval Forces in August 1914 and spent the war in New Zealand’s cruiser, HMS Philomel. In 1916 he saved two fellow members of the ships company of Philomel from drowning and was awarded the New Zealand Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal.
Lily Winter was a New Zealand woman from Wellington who joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service in England. With the rank of Assistant Principal she trained as a decoder, being discharged after the cessation of hostilities in December 1918.