b. 15/10/1905 Newport, Wales. d. 23/03/1943 Maddalena Harbour, Italy.
Linton was 37 years old, and a commander in the Royal Navy during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Commander Linton has been in command of submarines throughout the War. He has been responsible for the destruction of 1 cruiser, 1 destroyer, 20 merchant vessels, 6 schooners and 2 trains. A total of 81,000 tons of enemy shipping sunk. From 1st January 1942 to 1st January 1943 he spent 254 days at sea, including 2,970 hours diving. During this period he was hunted 13 times and had 250 depth charges dropped on him. His career has been one of conspicuous gallantry and extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.
He was killed in action in Maddalena Harbour, Italy, on 23 March 1943.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: LORD ASHCROFT GALLERY, IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON
BURIAL PLACE: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL PANEL 72 COLUMN 3.
John Linton's medal collection including VC (left), DSO (top) and DSC (middle right) on display at Lord Ashcroft Gallery, Imperial War Museum, London (August 2014).
The John Wallace Linton in Newport, Wales