Private Papers of Commander J Petrie OBE DSC VRD RNVR
Bound photocopy (103pp) of an illustrated record of his service in the RNVR prepared by his son in 2002 and including in particular his account (7pp) of his service as the 1st Lieutenant of ML 276 during her deployment on rescue duty in the second raid on Ostend on 9-10 May 1918 when she suffered extensive casualties and damage while picking up survivors from HMS VINDICTIVE; a similar letter (8pp) and account (4pp), also embracing the first raid on Ostend in April 1918, written by his Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander R R Bourke VC RNVR; some recollections (3pp) of Petrie's service in ML 559 based on Dover later in 1918; a few documents relating to his service from 1934 - 1941, latterly as its Commanding Officer, of the Hong Kong Naval Volunteer Force (later Hong Kong RNVR) and their minesweeping duties off Hong Kong in 1939 and campaign to recruit officers from Australia in 1941; his official report (16pp) on his service as the Naval Officer in Charge Port Swettenham and Batu Pahat during the Malayan campaign, December 1941 - February 1942, with some very interesting references to the low morale and defeatism prevalent among both the services and the civilian population, the denial of port and oil installations, launches and native craft to the enemy, and his analysis of the factors leading to the loss of Malaya; his report and notes (5pp) on his evacuation from Singapore on 12 February 1942 in the coastal steamer HONG CHUEN which was responsible during her passage for placing victuals and water on islands along the official escape route to Sumatra; other related correspondence and documents; and a few details of his subsequent service during the Second World War in shore establishments mainly in Ceylon and India; together with an account (17pp) entitled 'Escape From Singapore, Hong Chuen's Last Voyage, 11 - 15 February 1942' written by his son in February 2012 based on narrative and service records and including a copy of a chart plotting the voyage.
Military conflict took place during every year of the 20th Century. There were only short periods of time that the world was free of war. The total number of deaths caused by war during the 20th Century has been estimated at 187 million and is probably higher.