b. 19/07/1921 Malvern, Worcestershire. d. 27/12/1994 Holborn, London.
He was 22 years old, and a lieutenant in the Royal Navy during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 22 September 1943 at Kåfjord, North Norway, Lieutenant Place, commanding Midget Submarine X.7, and another lieutenant (Donald Cameron VC) commanding Midget Submarine X.6, carried out a most daring and successful attack on the German Battleship Tirpitz. The two submarines had to travel at least 1,000 miles from base, negotiate a mine-field, dodge nets, gun defenses and enemy listening posts. Having eluded all these hazards they finally placed the charges underneath the ship where they went off an hour later, doing so much damage that Tirpitz was out of action for months.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: LORD ASHCROFT GALLERY, IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON.
BURIAL PLACE: CORTON DENHAM CEMETERY, CORTON DENHAM, SOMERSET.
Godfrey Place's medals including VC on display at the Lord Ashcroft Gallery, Imperial War Museum, London (August 2014).