- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Second Officer
- s.s. Scalaria, British Merchant Navy
- Awarded on:
- April 4th, 1944
"Shortly after arriving in port and before her cargo could be unloaded, the ship was attacked by enemy aircraft. Bombs hit the vessel and almost immediately she was a mass of flames. The fire spread so rapidly that it was possible to lower only one of the boats and as the survivors jumped into the water they were picked up by this boat and a launch which had put off from shore. The Second Officer showed great courage when the ship was hit. Although injured himself, Mr. Armitage carried an officer through the flames to the comparative safety of the forecastle head. Afterwards he mustered the survivors forward and directed them to safety during the abandonment and, by his leadership and example, did much to keep up their spirits."