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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 21/08/1902 Blyth, Northumberland. d. 22/07/1977 Sydney, Australia.

 

He was 37 years old, and a lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

 

VC ACTION

 

From 28 April to 2 May 1940 at Namsos, Norway, HMT Arab survived 31 bombing attacks in five days. On one occasion during this period Lieutenant Stannard and two of his crew tackled for two hours a fire on the jetty caused by a bomb igniting ammunition. Part of the jetty was saved, which proved invaluable at the subsequent evacuation. Later feats included the destruction of an enemy bomber whose pilot, thinking that he had HMT Arab at his mercy, ordered that she be steered into captivity.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: NOT PUBLICLY HELD.

BURIAL PLACE: NSW GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE, LIDCOMBE, AUSTRALIA

 

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Richard Been Stannard

VC, DSO, RD

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