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REAY Horace John, Engine Room Artificer, P/MX.58620: HMS Campbeltown (MiD)

REES Gwynn, Ordinary Seaman, C/JX.260068: ML 306

REEVES Peter, Able Seaman, D/JX.167806: ML 156 (DSM)

REVILLE James Bernard, Leading Stoker, P/KX.95152: HMS Campbeltown (age 22)

REYNOLDS W, Ordinary Telegraphist, C/JX.206837: MGB 314

RICE Arthur J, Acting Stoker Petty Officer, P/KX.83824: ML 160

RICHARDS R, Stoker, P/KX.93125: HMS Campbeltown

RITCHIE Adam, Stoker(11), P/KX.127367: ML 306

RIVETT Samuel William, Leading Seaman, D/JX.135648: ML 268 (MiD)

ROBERTS John Stanley, Ordinary Seaman, C/JX.260208: ML 307 (DSM)

ROBERTS Edward Charles Alfred (‘Robbie’), Sub-Lieutenant RNVR (No. 1): ML 262

ROBINSON N, Telegraphist, P/JX.114982: HMS Campbeltown

RODIER Mark Fleming, Sub-Lieutenant RNVR: ML 177 (MiD) (age 25)

ROLLIN Allenby, Able Seaman, P/SR.16558: HMS Campbeltown (age 25)

ROOTS Sidney William, Motor Mechanic, C/MX.77022: ML 267 (age 25)

ROSS Alexander, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX.294635: HMS Campbeltown (age 20)

ROSS J, C/MX.77796: ML 446

ROWLIN (ROWLAND?) George, Able Seaman, P/JX.276645: ML 443 (ROWLAND?)

ROYAL Peter, Lieutenant RNVR: ML 443 (MiD)

RUSHWORTH Reginald, Able Seaman, C/SSX.32884: ML 177 (MiD)

RYDER Robert Edward Dudley, Commander RN: MGB 314 (VC)

SADLER A (‘Lofty’), Able Seaman, C/JX.223502: MGB 314

SALTER Alfred, Steward, P/LX.26251: HMS Campbeltown

SARGENT Walter George, Leading Seaman (Cox’n), P/JX.283330: ML 306 (MiD) (age 21)

SAVAGE Alfred William, Stoker, P/KX.119069: MTB 74

SAVAGE William Alfred (‘Bill’), Able Seaman, C/JX.173910: MGB 314 (VC) (age 29)

Able Seaman Bill Savage VC

Having had her after Rolls Royce pom pom go unserviceable and with no hydraulic power to her machine-gun turrets, Motor Gunboat 314's hitting power was effectively limited to her Vickers pom pom forward, operated by the team of Able Seamen Bill Savage and Frank Smith. This 2-pounder weapon was one of the few guns capable of taking on the German defences, and throughout the action in the area of the Old Entrance and Old Mole, Savage and Smith kept it in action to great effect.

Sadly, during her withdrawal, the gunboat met a German patrol vessel and a brief exchange of fire left Savage dead at his gun. Rather than being buried at sea, his body was returned to the UK for burial in Falmouth, and his courage was recognised by the award of the Victoria Cross.

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