A Dunkirk D.S.M. group of seven to Stoker D.J.Banks, Royal Navy,
Lot 185
A Dunkirk D.S.M. group of seven to Stoker D.J.Banks, Royal Navy,
Sold for £3,000 (US$ 4,993) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Dunkirk D.S.M. group of seven to Stoker D.J.Banks, Royal Navy,
Distinguished Service Medal, G.VI.R. (KX.86174 D.T.Banks/ Sto.1. R.N.); Naval General Service Medal 1915-62, one bar, Palestine 1936-39 (KX.86174 D.T.Banks. Sto.1. R.N.); 1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star; Defence Medal; War Medal. Very fine or better. (7)

Footnotes

  • D.S.M. London Gazette 16.8.1940.

    For good services in the withdrawal of the Allied Armies from the beaches at Dunkirk on motor boats Pauleteer and Marasole.

    Extract from "The Nine Days Wonder": Among the countless deeds of those days the work of the two fine motor-boats Marasole and Pauleteer must be mentioned. These were in charge of Mr D.T.Banks, who began in the Marasole with a crew of two ordinary seamen, a Bren gun, a Lewis gun, "and a compass which he did not know how to use". He completed seven or eight trips, and brought back more than four hundred men. When the Marasole was sunk he continued with the Pauleteer under frequent machine gun fire. At times he took a run ashore in Dunquerque, then burning fiercely and under intense bombing.

    More than one observer mentions the scene upon the crowded routes. " All sorts of craft were coming round the buoy, all fully loaded with troops. A batch of about twenty Belgian fishing-boats bore down, the leader asking us the way to England. I sung out the course, and told him to follow the other traffic and he would be all right".
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