25 January 2009

Victoria Cross: W. A. Savage


Able Seaman, Royal Navy; MGB 314

Born: 30th October 1912, Smethwick, Staffordshire
Died: 28 March 1942, St Nazaire, France

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 [on 28 April 1942]. 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 only 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.

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