Winterbourne, George

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ROMANCE OF JUTLAND
BATTLE

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MIDDIE'S LAST MESSAGE-"TELL
FATHER WE'RE WINNING."

A strange story was told at Westmin-
ster Police Court recently by a young
man who gave the name of George Win-
terbourne, and declared that he was a
survivor from H.M.S. Defence, which was
sunk at the Battle of Jutland, but from
which, according to tie official reports,
there were no survivors.
Winterbourne, who was charged with
being a deserter from service, asserted
that after the Defence sank he was in the water
for hours, supported by an air belt,
and was picked up unconscious by a col
lier, which afterwards landed him near
Newcastle.
Since then, he said, he had wandered
about the country, living on money - some
£20 - which he had in his belt at the
time of the disaster.
Mr. Horace Smith directed a police in-
spector to take Winterbourne to the Ad-
miralty for his story to be investigated.
When the inspector returned with the
accused, he gave the Court further par-
ticulars. The man's memory, he said
seemed to be defective, but he had given
some corroborative details. He stated
that he had been transferred to the De-
fence just before the Jutland fight, and
that when the sea, after the ship had
sunk, a midshipman with an arm blown
off, gave his name and his last message-
"If you get through, Jack, tell father
we are winning."
The authorities ascertained by reference
to the casualty list that there was a mid-
shipman on board of the name given, by
the defendant. They were so satisfied
that they desired him to be sent to Ports-
mouth.
Mr. Horace Smith made an order to
this effect, and later in the day, Winter-
bourne, who appeared to be dazed, as if
from shock, a certificate from Dr. Dyer,
of Brixton Prison, being to that effect,
was taken to Portsmouth by an officer.

The Advertiser, Adelaide,
Friday, February 16,1917.
Page 11
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A JUTLAND ROMANCE.
SOLE SURVIVOR OF DEFENCE.

Wounded Middie’s Last Message.
An extraordinary story was told at West-
minster Police-court yesterday when
George Winterbourne, who was wearing a
Naval uniform, was charged on remand
with being an absentee. The man appeared
greatly dazed.
According the evidence. Winterbourne
stated that was a survivor from H.M.S.
Defence at the battle of Jutland. The
official report was that there were no sur-
vivors, but defendant asserted that after
the ship was blown up he was the water
for hours, supported by air-belt, and
was picked up, unconscious, by a collier,
which subsequently landed him near New-
castle. Since then had wandered about
the country, living on money—some £20—
which he had on him in his belt at the time
of the disaster.
Mr. Horace Smith directed Inspector
Emptage take the prisoner to the Ad-
miralty for his story to investigated.
The inspector returned with the sailor and
gave the Court further particulars. The
man stated that he had only just been
transferred the Defence before the naval
action. When in the sea after the ex-
plosion a Midshipman with an arm blown
off gave his name and his last message:
"If you get through. Jack, tell father we
are winning.” The authorities ascertained
by reference to the casualty list that there
was Midshipman on board of the name
given by accused. They were so far satis-
fied that they desired the defendant
detained and sent Portsmouth.
Mr. Horace Smith made an order to this
effect, and, later in the day, Winterboume,
who appeared to be dazed, as if from
shock, certificate from Dr. Dyer, of
Brixton Prison, being that effect, was
taken to Portsmouth by an officer.

Portsmouth Evening News -
Saturday 02 December 1916
Page 3
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