b. 19/04/1911 Warrington, Cheshire. d. 19/05/1941 Mediterranean Sea.
He was 30 years old, and a petty officer in the Royal Navy during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 18 May 1941 in the Mediterranean, south of Crete, Petty Officer Sephton was a director layer on HMS Coventry when she went to the assistance of a hospital ship which was being attacked by German dive-bombers. When the enemy engaged Coventry, raking her with machine-gun fire, Petty Officer Sephton was mortally wounded, a bullet actually passing through his body and injuring an able seaman beside him. Although in great pain and partially blinded, nevertheless he stuck to his instruments and carried out his duties until the attack was over. He died of his injuries next day.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: STOLEN FROM COVENTRY CATHEDRAL IN 1990.
BURIAL PLACE: BODY LOST OR DESTROYED. PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL PANEL 46.
Portsmouth Naval Memorial
St John's Church, Wolverhampton
War Memorial Park, Coventry