Merchant Navy awards

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  1. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    From The Times, February 3, 1943:

    AWARDS TO MERCHANT NAVY

    O.B.E.
    Captain Harry Allinson MOORE, master

    The ship, sailing alone, was torpedoed. Almost immediately the engine-room was flooded and the engines stopped. When a second torpedo hit her the master ordered away boats with women, children, and some of the male passengers. Half an hour later a third torpedo struck the vessel, which began to settle rapidly, and the master decided to abandon ship. The master used the ship's motor-boat as a mark boat and wireless messages were sent. As a result a rescue ship picked up the survivors the next day. Captain Moore's judgment and skill were of a high order. It was due to his organization and leadership that, of the persons on board, only four, killed by the explosion of the first torpedo, were lost.
     
  2. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    From The Times, February 3, 1943:

    AWARDS TO MERCHANT NAVY

    O.B.E.
    Captain Samuel Francis CHAMPION, master

    M.B.E.
    William Simpson FASKIN, chief engineer officer

    The ship was subjected to heavy and sustained air attack and was hit and set on fire. The master gave orders for her to be abandoned. He showed splendid leadership and, with the chief engineer officer, was responsible for saving many lives.
     
  3. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    From The Times, February 3, 1943:

    AWARDS TO MERCHANT NAVY

    M.B.E.
    Richard Thomas CLARKE, third officer

    After the ship had been torpedoed and sunk, one of the boats made a voyage of 20 days before being picked up. Great hardship was suffered through exposure, and 10 of the occupants died during the voyage. After 17 days the physical condition of the officer in charge made it necessary for him to hand over the control of the boat to the third officer, who throughout had been of great assistance. It was due to the courage, skill, and fortitude of Mr Clarke during the latter part of the voyage that the boat was brought to safety.
     
  4. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    From The Times, February 3, 1943:

    AWARDS TO MERCHANT NAVY

    M.B.E.
    James Henry English CLARKE, chief officer
    Ivor Best ROSE, second officer

    B.E.M.
    Albert Edward KALE, fireman

    The ship was sailing alone in darkness when she was torpedoed. It was necessary to abandon ship at once, and the crew got away safely in two lifeboats. The chief officer took charge of one of the boats with 24 of the crew, and it was due to his seamanship that the boat was brought to safety, being picked up after a voyage of five days.

    When the vessel was first hit, the engineer on watch was swept under a grating and trapped. The second officer and Kale volunteered to enter the engineroom and search for survivors. Although the engineroom ladder had been blown away, they got the engineer on deck and to his boat station. On abandoning ship the second officer took charge of the second boat with 23 occupants and, by his seamanship, made a landfall after a voyage of nine days.
     
  5. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    Post no.318 refers.
    MERCHANT NAVY AWARDS
    ATTACKS ON SUBMARINES

    O.B.E.
    Captain John Graham ALMOND, Master

    The master has experienced, during the war, many attacks by submarines and dive-bombers. On one occasion a submarine was sighted about one mile away.

    The ship was swung her stern on, and the submarine at once opened fire with three rounds which missed. By the time the ship had steadied on her course the enemy had disappeared. Throughout Captain Almond has shown steadfast courage and determination in bringing his ship to port.


    Cargo ship DORSET official number 163539 built in 1934 for Federal SN Co Ltd.

    Gazetted 13 October 1942 - For defence against submarine and air attack.

    The ship was bombed and sunk by enemy aircraft on 13th August 1942 during the Malta convoy, Operation Pedestal in which more awards were won by the crew of this ship.
    Regards
    Hugh
     
  6. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    Post no.338 refers
    MERCHANT NAVY BRAVERY

    O.B.E.
    Captain Norman Douglas ANDERSON, master

    M.B.E.
    Lewis EVANS, chief engineer officer
    Ram Krishna Gangadhar KARNIK, chief officer

    The ship, sailing alone, was subjected to four dive-bombing attacks by Japanese aircraft which also machine-gunned the decks. The vessel received two direct hits which caused considerable damage and started a fire. The fire was extinguished although the water service pipes of the ship had been destroyed and buckets had to be used. The master displayed courage, and his skill in handling the vessel was mainly instrumental in her reaching port safely.

    The chief engineer officer and the chief officer were outstanding in fighting the fire and their combined efforts contributed greatly to the saving of a valuable ship and cargo.


    Cargo ship JALAVIHAR official number 131359 built in 1911 for Scindia SN Co Ltd.

    Bombed and straffed by enemy aircraft and damaged off Singapore on 12th February 1942. Survived the war.

    Gazetted 5 January 1943 - For services when the ship was attacked.

    A further ungazetted award was made for like services to Deck Serang JADHOV, Bhica (Portuguese) who received the BEM(Civ).

    Regards
    Hugh
     
  7. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    Post no.324 refers.
    M.B.E.
    William Ernest SMITH, chief officer
    Ernest KEADY, second engineer officer

    B.E.M.
    George Henry ANSON, chief steward
    David Beatty LYALL, ship's cook

    The ship has served for some time and with much distinction in the Mediterranean. While in harbour she was subjected to a heavy air attack. Big fires were started, but, through the bravery under control and temporary repairs were made so efficiently that the ship sailed on time and reached her destination safely. The chief officer was outstanding in fighting the fires and, helped by the chief steward and the cook, worked for the best part of the night plugging holes below the water-line. The second engineer officer did good work in carrying out essential repairs in the engine-room.

    Cargo ship DESTRO (Capt. Stanley Johnson) official number 144046 built in 1920 for the Ellerman Wilson Line. Bombed by enemy aircraft and damaged in Tobruk on 27th March 1942. The ship survived the war.

    Gazetted 24 November 1942 - For services when the ship was bombed and damaged.

    Regards
    Hugh
     
  8. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    Post no.311 refers.
    BRAVERY AT SEA

    O.B.E.
    Captain David DYKES, master

    M.B.E.
    Robert Beckwith ARTHUR, second officer

    B.E.M.
    Roy Douglas CAGNEY, able seaman

    The ship was attacked from the air almost continuously for six days and five nights. The master showed bravery and coolness throughout and twice, by skilful manoeuvring, avoided torpedoes. The second officer and Seaman Cagney showed courage and determination under heavy enemy bombing on a port during which four bombs only just missed the ship.


    Cargo ship EMPIRE BAFFIN (Capt. David Dykes) official number 168968 built in 1941 for the Ministry of War Transport (MOWT)/Stag Line. The ship survived the war.

    Gazetted 6 October 1942 - For resolution under continual enemy air attacks in North Russian Convoy PQ16 in May 1942.

    Regards
    Hugh
     
  9. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    Post no.384 refers.
    MERCHANT NAVY AWARDS

    O.B.E.
    Captain John DUNCAN, Master
    George Hunt ARMSTRONG, Chief Engineer Officer

    The ship was at Singapore when the enemy were advancing towards the port. The Master handled is vessel with courage and skill in difficult and dangerous circumstances and saved her from possible capture or sinking by the enemy. Valuable services were rendered to the military authorities, troops, and refugees at a critical time.

    The Chief Engineer Officer displayed magnificent qualities of initiative and resource in effecting repairs and his work helped materially in saving the ship.


    SILVERLARCH official number 147710 built in 1924 for Silverline (S & J Thompson Mgrs).
    Gazetted 31 August 1943 - For services when the ship escaped from Singapore and for assisting the military authorities.

    The ship survived the war.

    Regards
    Hugh
     
  10. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    Post no.309 refers
    MERCHANT NAVY

    O.B.E.
    Captain William Percival THOMAS, master

    M.B.E.
    Noel Francis GREEN, second engineer officer
    Thomas SIMKINS, radio officer

    B.E.M.
    Ralph Wilson ARMSTRONG, apprentice

    The ship, which was attacked by Japanese bombers, was hit and set on fire. The master remained in control throughout the action, although his clothes were burned off and he was otherwise badly hurt. The second engineer officer displayed coolness and resource when going into the blazing engine-room to shut off steam. The radio officer climbed the ship's mast during the attack to replace the wireless aerial, which had been destroyed. Apprentice Armstrong, aged 17, was to the fore in fire-fighting, and showed courage when bringing out two men from the wrecked accommodation.


    Tanker PINNA official number 139103 built in 1910 for Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co.
    Bombed by enemy aircraft and damaged when south of Singapore on 3 February 1942. Attacked again on 4 February and sunk.

    Gazetted 29 September 1942 - For services when the ship was bombed and sunk.

    Captain Thomas, Radio Officer Simkins and Apprentice Armstrong were also awarded the Lloyds War Medal for bravery at sea.
    Later awards were also gazetted for Chief Officer Watt and Third Engineer Greene both received Commendations.
    Regards
    Hugh
     
  11. Natpike

    Natpike Junior Member

    285 - BEM - John Richardson Hetherington

    Hello, My mum has asked me to look up some info on her father (above). This has come about as there is a war memorial in Swansea and his name isn't on it. This quote from the times, could you advise me on where I could download a copy? Also any further advice on how I could get any more info on my grandfather would be very much appreciated. She knows very little about him, only that he was buried at sea. I read the Times quote that you posted and she was thrilled! Many thanks. Natalie Pike
     
  12. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Hello Natalie and welcome to the forum.
    I have attached a copy of The Times article in post no. 285.

    I thought you might also be interested in the page of the London Gazette which has the same citation for the award for your grandfather. Perhaps you'd like to print this off for your mother as it's much more official.
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35672/supplements/3611

    Hopefully Hugh will be able to help you with some further background to the incident, or how to go about getting your grandfather's papers from Kew. He is the MN expert here.

    Best wishes to you and your mother,
    Diane
     
  13. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    Post no. 285 refers.
    MERCHANT NAVY AWARDS

    ESCAPE OF CONVOY TO RUSSIA

    C.B.E.
    Captain William Henry Charles LAWRENCE, O.B.E., Master

    B.E.M.
    John Richardson HETHERINGTON, Chief Steward

    The ship was in a convoy to Russia which was subjected to heavy and continuous attack from the air, from surface craft and from submarines. The commodore's ship was sunk, and the master, who was acting as vice-commodore, took over the duties and performed them with signal success during the remainder of a very arduous operation. One the return passage he was commodore throughout and again showed sterling qualities, to which the escape of the convoy from five attacks by German destroyers was largely due, for under his orders it acted in perfect co-ordination with the escorts. The chief steward, who was in charge of the Oerikon gun, shot coolly and well in driving off enemy aircraft.
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    Cargo ship BRIARWOOD official number 160733 built in 1930 for Constantine Steamship Company. The ship survived the war.

    Chief Steward Hetherington was awarded the BEM(Civ) for services during the Russian convoy PQ14 in April 1942 for taking charge of an Oerlikon gun.

    London Gazette 18 August 1942.

    Regards
    Hugh
     
  14. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    285 - BEM - John Richardson Hetherington

    Hello, My mum has asked me to look up some info on her father (above). This has come about as there is a war memorial in Swansea and his name isn't on it. This quote from the times, could you advise me on where I could download a copy? Also any further advice on how I could get any more info on my grandfather would be very much appreciated. She knows very little about him, only that he was buried at sea. I read the Times quote that you posted and she was thrilled! Many thanks. Natalie Pike

    Hello Natalie,
    See post no. 412.

    Regarding records of John Richardson Hetherington, there is a seaman's pouch for him held at Kew in piece BT 391/47/140 and a medal file held in piece BT 395/1 I note the first names are different but the middle and surnames match, also his date of birth and discharge number match so it's the same man.

    Regards
    Hugh
     
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  15. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    Post no. 323 refers.
    M.B.E.
    George Ernest CUSWORTH, chief engineer officer
    Norman John BACON, chief radio officer
    William Edwin GIBBON, second engineer officer

    The ship, which was sailing alone, was shelled by an enemy submarine till she sank. The master was killed. The chief engineer, who took charge, showed leadership in getting away survivors on rafts and the one undamaged boat. The second engineer, in spite of his own wounds, rescued an officer who had been badly hurt in the attack. The chief radio officer, though wounded, burnt his wireless books and then helped in lowering the boat, which took the two rafts in tow.

    ROSENBORG official number 174441 built in 1919 ex FAGERNES, Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) Elders & Fyffes (Mgrs).
    Sunk by gunfire from U-504 (Poske) in the Caribbean on 8th June 1942.

    Gazetted 24 November 1942 - For services when the ship was shelled and sunk.

    All three seamen were also awarded the Lloyds War Medal for bravery at sea.
    Regards
    Hugh
     
  16. sonal

    sonal Junior Member

    Post no.338 refers


    Cargo ship JALAVIHAR official number 131359 built in 1911 for Scindia SN Co Ltd.

    Bombed and straffed by enemy aircraft and damaged off Singapore on 12th February 1942. Survived the war.

    Gazetted 5 January 1943 - For services when the ship was attacked.

    A further ungazetted award was made for like services to Deck Serang JADHOV, Bhica (Portuguese) who received the BEM(Civ).

    Regards
    Hugh

    Would you happen to have more information about the details of the MBE awarded? If not, where will I be able to access these? Ram Krishna Gangadhar Karnik, the Chief Officer of the Jalavihar, who was awarded the MBE was my grandfather.
     
  17. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Welcome to the forum Sonal,
    Please find attached the page from London Gazette which mentions the award.
     

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  18. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    Post no.192 refers.
    MERCHANT NAVY HONOURS

    O.B.E.
    Captain Charles Albert BAILEY, Master

    GEORGE MEDAL
    Mr. Percy Donald JONES, Third Officer

    B.E.M.
    Edward CANLAN, Able Seaman

    The ship was sailing alone when she sighted a submarine on her starboard beam. The enemy opened fire with two heavy guns and a pom-pom, at about 6,000 yards range, but the ship replied and her shells fell close to the submarine. The captain fought a spirited action lasting nearly two hours. Third Officer Jones, who was in charge of the gun's crew, was wounded in the head and chest but continued to fire the gun until it was put out of action by a shell.


    SHAKESPEAR official number 149747 built in 1926.
    Shakespear Shipping Co Ltd/Glover Bros (London) Mgrs.

    LG 9 July 1941 - For services when the ship was shelled and sunk.
    Shelled by the Italian submarine CAPPELLINI (Todaro) and sunk in the North Atlantic on 5th January 1941.

    Further ungazzetted awards for this action went to Third Officer Percy Donald Jones and Seaman Stanley Anderson [deceased] - Lloyds War Medal for bravery at sea and Lithuanian seaman Vlados Nemanis - BEM(Civ)

    Here is the citation for the Lloyds War Medal awarded to Third Officer Jones and Seaman Anderson.

    An enemy submarine opened fire at 6000 yards and the ship replied, her shells falling close to the submarine. After a spirited encounter lasting nearly two hours a shell from the enemy put the ship's gun out of action and killed three of the crew. Fire was raging in the bridgehouse and holds and much damage was done to the ship. The master gave orders to abandon ship and the submarine continued firing until the vessel sank. Third Officer Jones was in charge of the gun's crew and was wounded in the head and chest, but he continued to use the gun until it was hit. Great courage and coolness was also shown by a boy of 16, Ordinary Seaman Anderson, who was on his first voyage. Though wounded early in the action he refused to leave his post at the gun and was killed when it was hit.

    17 crew and 2 gunners were killed in the action and later on 21st January 1941, Carpenter Gustav Arthur Blamander is recorded as having died and is buried at Mindelo Municipal Cemetery, Sao Vicente Cape Verde. He was 64 years of age.

    Captain Charles Albert Bailey was also awarded a Commendation for unknown services gazetted 28th September 1943 while serving in OCEAN VIGIL.

    Regards
    Hugh
     
  19. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    Post no.242 refers.
    MERCHANT NAVY BRAVERY

    BURNING OIL SHIP SALVED

    O.B.E.
    Captain William BANNAN, master, ss. Tahchee [OR Tahehee?]
    Charles Edwin PROBERT, chief engineer, ss. Tahchee

    The ship, which was loaded with bulk oil, was torpedoed in darkness when 500 miles from land. She was set on fire so badly that the master ordered her to be abandoned. As she did not sink, the boats stood by and later, although the fire was not wholly subdued, a volunteer party returned. The fire was put out and the master was able to get the ship under way. The ship reached port under her own power. The excellent seamanship of the master and the skill of the chief engineer made possible this fine feat of salvage.


    Tanker TAHCHEE official number 136066 built in 1914, Standard Transportation Co.
    Torpedoed byt U-652 (Fraatz) and damaged in the North Atlantic on 10th September 1941. The ship survived the war.

    London Gazette 17 March 1942 - For services when the ship was torpedoed and damaged.

    Regards
    Hugh
     
  20. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    Post no. 269 refers.
    MERCHANT NAVY

    For gallantry at sea:-

    O.B.E.
    Donald Stanley PINNINGTON, chief engineer

    M.B.E.
    Walter JACKSON, chief officer

    B.E.M.
    Colin Norman Timothy BAPTIST, apprentice

    After the ship was torpedoed the master got the boats away. His own capsized in the rough sea, but the occupants got on to her keel and were taken off by the chief officer's boat after two-and-a-half hours' hard rowing. Fine leadership and initiative were displayed by the chief engineer when, after six days, he, with the men in his boat, boarded a derelict vessel and, finding the engines were intact, tried to raise steam. The attempt had to be given up when it was realized that no one had strength to tend the engines when under way.


    Tanker ATHELCROWN official number 161107 built in 1929 United Molasses Co.
    Torpedoed and sunk by U-82 (Rollmann) on 22 January 1942.

    Gazetted 23 June 1942 - For services when the ship was torpedoed and sunk and after six days in an open boat for boarding the derelict tanker DIALA and attempting to raise steam, subsequently being rescued from the DIALA by the Swedish ship SATURNUS and landed on the Faeroe Islands

    DIALA had been torpedoed 15 January by U-553 (Thurrmann).

    The wreck of the DIALA was sunk by U-587 (Borcherdt) on 23 March.

    Donald Stanley PINNINGTON was also awarded the Lloyds Medal for bravery at sea.

    Regards
    Hugh
     

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