De Jongh’s Memorial Bench
The Memorial Bench of De Jongh is also placed in the memorial grounds. It is dedicated to the officer Johan August De Jongh who performed a heroic act on October 4th 1917.
That day the torpedo boat Hr. Ms. Pangrango left the harbour of Den Helder in stormy weather for a crusade. During the crossing from Westgat to Schulpengat, sailor Bartholomeus Bleije fell overboard. Without hesitation, officer Johan August De Jongh jumped into the violent sea. Although he just managed to push the drowning sailor on board, De Jongh drowned from exhaustion.
On October 20th De Jongh was buried with military honours in Amersfoort. To commemorate his act the Dutch Royal Association ‘Onze Vloot’ (Our Fleet) donated a memorial bench to the Navy.
Due to reinforcement works on the dike, the bench was broken down in the 1970’s and a simplified version was placed at the Navy Museum. The bench was rebuilt in 2013 and unveiled on June 6th of that year in the presence of the grandsons of the rescuer and rescued.