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Naval heroes' sons mark 1949 Yangtse incident

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HMS Amethyst

HMS Amethyst

HMS Amethyst

Two Belfast men whose naval hero fathers were recognised for their bravery during an attack on their ship in China have marked the 70th anniversary of the event.

HMS Amethyst was sailing from Shanghai to Nanking on the Yangtse River when it came under attack from communist Chinese militia during the civil war in 1949. It remains one of the most heroic events in Royal Navy history.

Ray McCullough and Andrew Bannister have spent years building a collection of newspaper articles, medals, naval memorabilia and a model of the ship in order to preserve the memory of their fathers, Raymond and Samuel.

Captain John Rees, chief of staff of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, helped both men mark the anniversary.

He described hearing the pair talk of their fathers' stories of the battle as "fascinating".

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