A Second World War D.S.M. group of four to Temporary Leading Seaman G.E.Shepherd, Royal Navy,
Lot 191
A Second World War D.S.M. group of four to Temporary Leading Seaman G.E.Shepherd, Royal Navy,
£1,500 - 2,000
US$ 2,300 - 3,100

Lot Details
A Second World War D.S.M. group of four to Temporary Leading Seaman G.E.Shepherd, Royal Navy,
Distinguished Service Medal, G.VI.R. (X.10514B. G.E.Shepherd. T/A.L.Smn.); 1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star; War Medal, each impressed (X10514B. George E.Shepherd. D.S.M. T/A.L. Smn.). With Russia 40th anniversary medal 1985. Good Very fine or better. (5)

Footnotes

  • D.S.M. London Gazette 16.2.1943.

    George Edward Shepherd's service number is an interesting leader, the X prefix being for rating in the Newfoundland secton of the R.N.R. Shepherd served with the rate of Acting Leading Seaman aboard the SS Empire Tristram British Cargo Tramp Steamer owned by Common Brothers Limited, Newcastle Upon Tyne, built 1942. This gallant little ship was one of the many that made up Convoy PQ18 which set sail for North Russia in Sep.1942.

    Upon reaching the war zone it was, as quoted by the Admiraty minute sheet for awards:-"This important Convoy was subjected to very heavy air and submarine attack in the course of its passage. That so large a proportion of ships reached their destination was due to the courage, resolution and seamanship of all concerned" A true testimony indeed. Empire Tristram's crew netted one D.S.C., 2 D.S.M.'s and 2 M.I.D.'s for this perilous voyage. Her master Capt. W.H.Miller states in his recommendation "As a matter of fact all on board did a good job and it had been very hard to pick out the most deserving of mention"
    George Shepherd who was on his third Russian convoy stood 84 hours continuous duty giving encouragement and inspiration to the rest of the guns crew. It is difficult to imagine the conditions men like Shepherd endured. The Empire Tristram survived the war despite being hit and damaged by German flying bombs in the London Dock on 23rd June and 12th July 1944.

    Sold with photocopy Admirary recommendation sheets for awards and Cap. Miller letter as mentioned above. Also a copy of a hand written note by the Commodore of Convoy PQ18 which draws attenton to the unsatisfactory behavour of American Merchant Ship in the convoy and the difficulty of handling a large convoy.
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