Fegen, Edward Stephen Fogarty

Date of birth:
October 8th, 1891 (Southsea, Hampshire, Great Britain)
Date of death:
November 5th, 1940 (Atlantic Ocean)
Mentioned on:
Chatham Naval Memorial
Grave: 34,1.
Nationality:
Irish (1919-present, Republic)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 12th, 1941
Sea Gallantry Medal
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Captain
Unit:
Jervis Bay, Royal Navy
Awarded on:
November 22nd, 1940
Action:
Citation:
"for valour in challenging hopeless odds and giving his life to save the many ships it was his duty to protect.

On the 5th of November, 1940, in heavy seas, Captain Fegen, in His Majesty's Armed Merchant Cruiser Jervis Bay, was escorting thirty-eight Merchantmen. Sighting a powerful German warship he at once drew clear of the Convoy, made straight for the Enemy, and brought his ship between the Raider and her prey, so that they might scatter and escape. Crippled, in flames, unable to reply, for nearly an hour the Jervis Bay held the German's fire. So she went down but of the Merchantmen all but four or five were saved."
Details:
Edward Stephen Fogarty Fegen, Went down with 'Jervis Bay' Atlantic Ocean.
Name on Chatham Naval Memorial.
Victoria Cross (VC)

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