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Savage, William Alfred

Date of birth:
October 30th, 1912 (Smethwick/Staffordshire, United Kingdom)
Date of death:
March 28th, 1942 (St.Nazaire, France)
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Graves Falmouth Cemetery
Plot: K. Row: C. Grave: 15.
Service number:
C/JX 173910
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Able Seaman
Unit:
H.M.S. MGB 314, Royal Navy
Awarded on:
June 23rd, 1942
Awarded for:
Operation Chariot
Citation:
"For great gallantry, skill and devotion to duty as gunlayer of the pom-pom in a motor gun boat in the St. Nazaire raid. Completely exposed, and under heavy fire he engaged positions ashore with cool and steady accuracy. On the way. out of the harbour he kept up the same vigorous and accurate fire against the attacking ships, until he was killed at his gun.

This Victoria Cross is awarded in recognition not onty of the gallantry and devotion to duty of Able Seaman Savage, but also of the valour shown by many others, unnamed, in Motor Launches, Motor Gun Boats and Motor Torpedo Boats, who gallantly carried out their duty in entirely exposed positions against Enemy fire at very close range."

Able Seaman Savages Victoria Cross is publicly displayed at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, Great Britain.
William Alfred Savage is buried at the Town Cemetery, Falmouth, Great Britain.
Victoria Cross (VC)

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