A Great War D.S.C. and Second World War O.B.E. pair to Captain F.D.Struss, Merchant Navy,
Lot 26
A Second World War O.B.E. and Great War D.S.C. pair to Captain F.D.Struss, Merchant Navy,
Sold for £1,057 (US$ 1,711) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Second World War O.B.E. and Great War D.S.C. pair to Captain F.D.Struss, Merchant Navy,
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E., 2nd type, Civil Division, Officer's breast badge; Distinguished Service Cross, G.V.R., engraved on the back (Capt Frederick Douglas Struss 4th June 1917. 26th Septr 1917). Both medals in original boxes of issue. Extremely fine. (Lot)

Footnotes

  • D.S.C. London Gazette 11.8.1917.

    For carrying on trade. Master of Manchester Trader.

    On 5 June 1917, the ship was near Pantellaria when a U Boat, U66, began shelling her at 5 miles. Struss replied with his gun to keep the U Boat away. Struss' ship was hit many times. He fired almost all his shells. He abandoned ship and disguised himself to avoid being taken prisoner. The crew said the captain was killed. The second mate was taken instead and was loyal to Struss. A trawler then arrived, shelled the U Boat which made off at speed. Only one man was killed. Sold with photocopies of Sailormen All which details his action more fully.

    O.B.E. London Gazette 13.6.1946.

    The lot comes with warrant for the O.B.E.; letter from Buckingham Palace for the O.B.E.; letter from Central Chancery; a gold topped cane engraved (Presented by the National Harbour's Board Montreal Harbour to Captain Frederick Douglas Struss O.B.E., D.S.C. Master of S.S. Manchester Spinner of Manchester England first ocean going vessel in port 30th March 1954; three photographs of the presentation of the cane; Torpedo Badge and Bar certificate dated 30.8.1918; a framed Diploma of Honour presented by the Executive Council of the Shipping Federation in recognition of his meritorious service as a member of the crew of S.S. Manchester Trader, dated 4th June 1917; newspaper cutting relating to his service, picture of him in uniform holding binoculars; Ordinary Apprentice's Indenture dated 25.6.1900; Certificate of Cometency dated 11.2.1910.

    Sold with photocopies of documents by him relating to the S.S. Manchester Merchant which was sunk by 2 torpedoes on 25.2.1943. He was picked up by the Canadian Corvette Rosthern. He critices the lack of escort and air cover in the report
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