A Second World War D.S.M. group of Sergeant F.C.Willoughby, Royal Marines,
Lot 38
A Second World War D.S.M. group of Sergeant F.C.Willoughby, Royal Marines,
Sold for £2,702 (US$ 4,624) inc. premium
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Lot Details
A Second World War D.S.M. group of Sergeant F.C.Willoughby, Royal Marines,
Distinguished Service Medal, G.VI.R. (PLY.22364 F.C.Willoughby. T/Sgt. R.M.); 1939-1945 Star; Africa Star; Italy Star; France and Germany Star; Burma Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct, G.VI.R. (PLY.22364 (PLY.B.2319) F,C,Willoughby. Sgt. R.F.R.). With four shooting medals and a blazer badge Good very fine. (9)

Footnotes

  • D.S.M. London Gazette 4.10.1940.

    For gallantry and devotion to duty in operations in Norway.

    He served with the Royal Marine Light A.A.Battery. The following is the hand written recommendation from Fort Cumberland, Portsmouth 3rd May 1940.

    Corporal Willoughby showed great power of command and coolness under fire, and held his gun crew together during intense bombing and other difficult circumstances. His cheerfulness and willingness was an outstanding feature at all times, he also organised a volunteer gun crew during a severe bombing raid. During the last moments of evacuation he volunteered to remove ammunition from a dangerous area and organised a stretcher party to remove a wounded man to a first aid station.

    The lot includes sets of service papers, Crossing the Line certificate and booklet, Certificate of Discharge dated 4th August 1937, and assorted photographs.

    Sergeant Frederick Charles Willoughby was born in Daventry and enlisted at Birmingham on 25th August 1924, aged 17. He was originally discharged on 4th August 1937 and enrolled into the R.F.R. for 5 years, he rejoined on 25th November 1939 and was rereleased on 16th October 1945. He was finally discharged from the R.F.R. on 4th August 1937. He was awarded his R.F.R. L.S.G.C. Medal on 11th September 1940.

    Sold with copies of the war diary from that period.
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