b. 07/05/1920 Fazeley, Staffordshire. d. 30/10/1942 Mediterranean Sea.
DATE AND PLACE OF GC ACTION: 30/10/1942 Mediterranean Sea.
He was 22 years old and serving in the Royal Navy aboard HMS Petard. When the U-559 was forced to the surface by depth charges, she was immediately fired on by destroyers, whereupon her crew abandoned ship. Allied naval commanders had been briefed about the importance of recovering documentsand code machines from enemy submarines and knew not to sink them if at all possible. Francis Fasson GC and Grazier volunteered to swim to the sub to see what could be retrieved and dived into the water, shortly followed by Thomas Brown, who was just 16. Well aware of the perilous situation, they made their way to the U-Boat's control room and bundled up all the documents they could see. After finding an Enigma machine bolted to the bulkhead, Fasson managed to free it. This was passed up to Brown and transferred to a whaler, which Sub Lieutenant Connell brought alongside. The U-559 then suddenly sank, taking Fasson and Grazier with it. Brown luckily managed to escape. Brown was awarded the George Medal, while Fasson and Grazier won posthumous GC's.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: NATIONAL WAR MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND, EDINBURGH
BURIAL PLACE: LOST AT SEA IN MEDITERRANEAN.
Colin Grazier's memorial in Tamworth, Staffordshire.
Colin Grazier's George Cross (pictured at the bottom) on display at the National War Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle
(Picture - Thomas Stewart).