Able SeamanSAVAGE, WILLIAM ALFRED

Service Number C/JX 173910

Died 28/03/1942

Aged 29

H.M.M.G.B. 314
Royal Navy

V C

Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Savage; husband of Doris Savage, of Smethwick, Staffordshire.

Inscription

A BEAUTIFUL LIFE COME TO A SUDDEN END, HE DIED AS HE LIVED, EVERYONE'S FRIEND

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of 19th May 1942

For great gallantry, skill and devotion to duty as gun layer of the pom-pom in a motor gun boat in the St. Nazaire raid. Completely exposed, and under heavy fire, Able Seaman Savage 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.

Buried at FALMOUTH CEMETERY, CORNWALL

Location: Cornwall, United Kingdom
Number of casualties: 171

Cemetery/memorial reference: Sec. K. Row C. Grave 15.


Cemetery details

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.