CommanderJOLLY, RICHARD FRANK

Died 16/10/1939

Aged 43

H.M.S. Mohawk.
Royal Navy

G C

Son of Frank Jolly and of Ellen Alice Jolly (nee Parker); husband of Brenda Bowring Jolly, of Boughton Monchelsea.

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of 23rd December, 1939

"Leave me, go and look after the others"

Commander Jolly's gallantry consisted of the bringing of his ship into harbour when he himself was mortally wounded. H.M.S. Mohawk had been attacked by enemy aircraft and had suffered a large number of casualties. Despite his own severe wounds Commander Jolly refused to leave the bridge and continued to direct the Mohawk for a 56-kilometre passage home which lasted for an hour and twenty minutes. He repeatedly refused medical attention, saying, . Having brought his ship into port, he collapsed, and some five hours after being landed he died. The Captain of his Flotilla reported, "Commander Jolly was an imperturbable Commander of careful judgment who devoted his energies to perfecting his ship and ship's company for battle. His fearlessness and honesty in counsel were remarkable, and he proved his bravery and devotion to his wounded men when for a long period he manoeuvred his ship despite a mortal wound".

Buried at BOUGHTON MONCHELSEA (ST. PETER) CHURCHYARD

Location: Kent, United Kingdom
Number of casualties: 5


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