b. 1910 Trowbridge, Wiltshire. d. 05/03/1944 off Beirut, Lebanon.
DATE OF AM ACTION: 05/03/1944 off Beirut, Lebanon.
Douglas was one of three children born to Henry Bertie and Florence Maud Connor (nee Mortimer). In 1939, Douglas married Norah Marion, also from Trowbridge, Wiltshire.
On 5th March, 1944, fire broke out in the starboard corner of the engine room of one of H.M. Motor Launches at Beirut. An explosion occurred immediately afterwards and the fire spread rapidly throughout the ship. Lieutenant Connor straightway organised all the fire-fighting gear on board and sent a runner to inform Coastal Forces base and Naval Base so that the civilian and Naval fire-fighting organisation might be got into action as soon as-possible. The heat from
the burning ship was intense and it was well known that with the burning high octane
petrol the ship was likely to blow up at any moment. The burning ship was a grave menace to
other shipping berthed alongside and Lieutenant Connor made valiant efforts to make fast a tow line so that she could be towed out of the port. So -great was the heat, however, that the tow line parted. At about 19.15 a third and more violent explosion occurred -in which Lieutenant Connor lost his life. Lieutenant Connor well knew" the risks involved, but sacrificed his life in an endeavour to prevent the spread of the fire which might well have become a major conflagration involving the loss of many lives.
BURIAL LOCATION: BEIRUT WAR CEMETERY, BEIRUT, LEBANON.
PLOT 7 ROW C GRAVE 1.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.
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