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NOTES

AWARD ABBREVIATIONS

OTHER ABBREVIATIONS

1 Killed on duty

2 Award not for RMS or BD

3 Reason for award unknown

VC: Victoria Cross
GC:
George Cross
CBE: Commander of the Order of the British Empire
DSO: Distinguished Service Order
OBE: Officer of the Order of the British Empire
MBE: Member of the Order of the British Empire

DSC: Distinguished Service Cross

MC: Military Cross

CGM: Conspicuous Gallantry Medal

GM: George Medal
DSM: Distinguished Service Medal

BEM: British Empire Medal (now superseded by MBE)

MID: Mention in Despatches
Commend'n: King's Commendation for Brave Conduct

B&MD: Bomb & Mine Disposal
BD:
Bomb Disposal
BSO:
Bomb Safety Officer
LCOCU:
Landing Craft Obstruction Clearance Unit
RMS:
Rendering Mines Safe

 

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NAME

RANK/RATE

UNIT

DATE
GAZETTED

AWARD

REMARKS

H

HALL
John Charles

CH/X859

A/Colour Sgt RM

'P' Party?

11 May 45

MID

Port Clearance - MID awarded for bravery and skill in mine-clearing operations in enemy-held ports during the invasion of Normandy and the Low Countries.

HALLIN
Ernest Edward

P/JX144425

AB

AB

Unknown

HMS Stag (Suez)

1 Jan 42

29 Jun 43

MID

MID

Diving - First MID awarded New Year Honours 1942

Second MID awarded for courage in dangerous diving operations.

HALLS
Charles Albert

P/JX153412

AB

Unknown

9 Jun 42

GM

GM awarded for mine disposal at furniture factory in Hackney, London on 19 Apr 41 and assisting Lt Keith Swan UPTON RANVR in dealing with a new type of mine at Llanfairtalhaiarn in North Wales on 23 Oct 41.

HAMOND
Charles Edward

Cdr RN

Mining Department
HMS Vernon

1915
1 Jan 40
15 Sep 42

DSC
DSO
Bar to DSC

RMS - DSO awarded in New Year Honours 1940.

Bar to DSC awarded for bravery. Mine recovery.

HANLON
Leslie

P/MX68724

A/Chief Mechanic Mate Fourth Class

HMS St Angelo (Malta)

16 Jun 42
9 Nov 43

BEM
GM

B&MD - Participated in B&MD in Malta.

GM awarded for gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty.

HARDEN
Kenneth

P/JX632824

Ord Seaman

P Party 1574

15 May 45

BEM

Port Clearance - BEM awarded for gallantry and skill in mine-searching and clearing operations in the ports of Normandy and of the Low Countries following the invasion of France.

HARDING1
Walter Henry

C/JX354809

AB

Messina Port Party

8 Feb 44

MID

B&MD - MID awarded posthumously for gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty in clearing Messina harbour of enemy demolition charges Aug 43.

HARGREAVES
Harold

Lt RNVR

LCOCU No.3

14 Nov 44

DSC

LCOCUs - DSC awarded for gallantry, skill, determination and undaunted devotion to duty during the landing of Allied Forces on the coast of Normandy. Also operated off Walcheren.

HARRIES
James Leslie

Cdr RCNVR

Torpedo & Mining Dept, HMS Vernon
'P' Party 1571
HMS Vernon

28 Sep 43
15 May 45
30 Apr 46

GM
Bar to GM
OBE

RMS and Port Clearance -  Cdr P Parties. See below.

GM awarded for great bravery and undaunted devotion to duty in the face of danger.  Mine disposal Kent Nov 42 to Mar 43.

 

Bar to GM awarded for exceptional gallantry, skill and great devotion to duty, often in close proximity to the enemy, during mine-searching and clearance operations in the ports of Normandy and the Low Countries.

 

Appointed OBE for courage, determination and outstanding leadership in mine clearance and mine disposal operations in North West Europe immediately before the close of the war with Germany and in the months that followed.

HARRIGAN
Felix James

P/JX633773

AB

P Party 1575

30 Apr 46

MID

Port Clearance - MID awarded for good services in Mine Clearance and Mine Disposal Operations in NW Europe immediately before the close of the war with Germany and in the months which followed.

HARRIS
Henry

P/SSX26030

 

AB

AB

Torpedo & Mining Dept, HMS Vernon

Torpedo & Mining Dept, HMS Vernon

23 Mar 43
28 Sep 43

Commend'n
GM

RMS - MID awarded for mine disposal UK Jan to Nov 41.

GM awarded for great bravery and undaunted devotion to duty in the face of danger.

HARRIS
Sidney George

D/J25445

CPO

HMS President (London)?

20 Dec 40

MID

RMS - MID awarded for courage, coolness and devotion to duty.

HARRISON
George Ronald

C/JX378035

AB

MTB 675

21 Dec 43

DSM2

Chariot Diver - DSM awarded for Askvoll attack.

HAYNES1
Malcolm Henry

C/JX153497

AB

Messina Port Party

8 Feb 44

MID

B&MD - MID awarded posthumously for gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty in clearing Messina harbour of enemy demolition charges Aug 43.

HAYWOOD
James Joseph Henry

Sub Lt RNVR

Torpedo & Mining School

4 Mar 41

GM

RMS - GM awarded for gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty. Mine Disposal Hendon Nov 40.

HISCOCK1
William Ewart

A/Lt Cdr RN

HMS St Angelo (Malta)

14 Jan 41
16 Jun 42

DSC
GC

RMS - See below. 

DSC awarded posthumously for courage, enterprise and devotion to duty in contact with the enemy.

 

GC awarded posthumously for great gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty.  In Sep 41 a Torpedo Machine (a device in which the Italians specialised) was dropped in 15 feet of water in St. George's Bay, Malta, and Lt Cdr Hiscock was given the task of disarming it. The operation of salvage was one of considerable danger as, quite apart from the possibility of booby traps, no information was available as to the firing mechanism of the explosive head and its behaviour when parted from the body was a matter of complete uncertainty. While Lt Cdr Hiscock and his assistant (Petty Officer C. Le Bargy DSM) were working on the bomb, the clock mechanism started and it was only their cool determination and skill which brought the operation to a successful conclusion. 

 

Lt.Cdr Hiscock and his wife were killed in Malta when their house received a direct bomb hit on 15 Feb 1942.

HODGES
Geoffrey Ambrose

Lt RNVR (Later Lt Cdr)

Mining Department,
HMS Vernon
HMS Teviot Bank
HMS Abdiel

24 Apr 40
20 Dec 40
4 May 43

MID
GM
MID

RMS and Minelaying - See below.

First MID awarded for stripping enemy mines.

 

GM awarded for great gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty.  Participated in mine disposal London 1940.

 

Second MID awarded for bravery and skill in successful minelaying operations in HMS Abdiel.

First to render safe conical explosive sweep obstructor with Glenny at Dover 6 Apr 40.  Injured when Type D mine exploded in London while being de-fuzed by Hodges and Speirs.

HOLDCROFT
Reginald Arthur

P/JX380391

AB

P Party 1574

30 Apr 46

MID

Port Clearance - MID awarded for good services in Mine Clearance and Mine Disposal Operations in NW Europe immediately before the close of the war with Germany and in the months which followed.

HOLDSTOCK
Peter John

C/JX161138

A/PO

HMS Nile (Alexandria)

14 Mar 44

GM

RMS - GM awarded for gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty.  Conducted B&MD around Tripoli/North Africa Mar - Sep 43.

HOLTON
Reginald John James

P/JX517580

AB

P Party 1573

30 Apr 46

MID

Port Clearance - MID awarded for good services in Mine Clearance and Mine Disposal Operations in NW Europe immediately before the close of the war with Germany and in the months which followed.

HORAN
Henry James

A/Lt Cdr RNVR

'P' Party 1572
HMS Vernon

11 Dec 45

MID

RMS and Port Clearance - MID awarded for post war clearance Europe.

HORNCASTLE
John William

P/JX30771

AB

P Party 1571

15 May 45

MID

Port Clearance - MID awarded for bravery and skill in mine-clearing operations in enemy-held ports during the invasion of Normandy and the Low Countries.

HOWARD
John Christopher

Lt (Sp) RNVR

HMS Royal Scotsman (Landing Ship Infantry)
HMS Hasdrubal (Taranto)
No.2 M&BD Unit
HMS Fabius (Taranto)

7 Nov 44
30 Jan 45
27 Jul 45
11 Sep 45

MID
MBE
MID
MID

Port Clearance - First MID awarded for Op BRASSARD (Invasion of Elba).

Appointed MBE for mine disposal Mediterranean.

Second MID awarded awarded for fire-fighting after air raid on ammo dump.

Third MID awarded for courage and skill in assisting in mine clearance operations in Porto Corsini and Ravenna Harbours and the Canal Candiano.

HOWARD-WILLIAMS
Max Tudor

Lt RNVR

MFV 1037 (HMS Vernon)

13 Jun 46

MBE

RMS - Appointed MBE in King's Bithday Honours 1946.

HOWELL
James William

P/JX164956

PO RFR

?

11 Mar 41

GM

B&MD - GM awarded for gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty.  Disposed of bomb on board collier S.S. Corduff off Sheerness 11 Nov 40.

HUGHES
William John

FAA/FX79646

Air Artificer Fourth Class

HMS Pursuer (Aircraft Carrier)

1 Jan 45

BEM

Diving - BEM awarded for outstanding service in diving operations and as tenders to the divers during the invasion of the South of France.

HULME
Thomas

P/JX194001

Ord Seaman

HMS Vernon

23 Jan 41

GM

RMS - GM awarded for gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty. Mine disposal UK Aug to Oct 40.

HUMPHREY
Joseph Victor
C/JX170410
PO HMS Lynx (Dover) 4 May 1943 BEM RMS - BEM awarded for bravery and devotion to duty.  Mine disposal Dover Command 23 Feb 1943.

HUMPHRIES
John Thomas

6699

PO RAN

HMAS Kanimbla (Armed Merchant Cruiser)

17 Feb 42

GM

B&MD - GM awarded for skill and undaunted devotion to duty in hazardous diving operations. Cleared explosive charges under captured German SS Hohenfels, Abadan, Persia in Sep 41.

 

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