Herbert Alfred Quennell survived Alcantara
June 06, 2009
I noticed that two of my cousins have posted information relating to my grandfather, Herbert Alfred Quennell. (See "Able seaman Herbert Alfred Quennell survived the sinking of HMS Alcantara in 1916") I recall being told by my father, Herbert James Quennell, that his father had saved some German seaman during the 1st World War, and he was presented with a pair of German binoculars. These have been passed down to my youngest son Frank Bone.
That is interesting.
The Germans produced some fine optical equipment and their binoculars were no exception.
I was able to save my binoculars when I was sunk in HMAS Canberra at the Battle of Savo Island on August 9 1942, but they were of British manufacture by Barr and Stroud.
They still mean a great deal sentimentally.