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Regiment & Unit/Ship

Royal Navy

H.M.S. Jervis Bay

Date of Death

Died 05 November 1940

Age 49 years old

Buried or commemorated at


34, 1.

United Kingdom

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Country of Service United Kingdom
  • Awards Victoria Cross
  • Additional Info Sea Gallantry Medal. Son of Frederick Fogarty Fegen and Catherine Mary Fegen, of Knightsbridge, London.
  • Additional Citation note

    The citation in the London Gazette for 26th November, 1940, reads: "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."

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