LieutenantFASSON, FRANCIS ANTHONY BLAIR

Died 30/10/1942

H.M.S. Petard
Royal Navy

G C

Son of Capt. Francis Hamilton Fasson, Scottish Horse, and Lilias Clara Bruce Fasson, of Lanton, Roxburghshire.

Citation

The citation in the London Gazette of 14th September, 1943, reads

"Awarded the George Cross for most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner."

Lt. Fasson together with Able Seaman Colin Grazier, R.N., both boarded a sinking submarine following action by H.M.S. Petard. The crew of the submarine surrendered and survivors were taken off. In total darkness Fasson and Grazier entered the sinking submarine to capture instruments and documentation fully aware of the dangers. They continued to hand over documents and equipment until suddenly the vessel sank like a stone without warning and took both to their deaths . Both were posthumously awarded the George Cross.

Commemorated at PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

Location: Hampshire, United Kingdom
Number of casualties: 24661

Cemetery/memorial reference: Panel 62, Column 1.

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Memorial 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.