Award Citation as published in London Gazette on 18 August 1942:
The ship was torpedoed. The Master stopped the enignes and ordered the crew to the boats, one of which was in charge of the Third Officer. A gale was blowing so he decided to lie to his anchor till the weather moderated. After three and a half days they were able to set sail and two days later were picked up. By firmness and tact the Third Officer, though only twenty years old, maintaned discipline and the 34 survivors owe their lives to his seamanship and unwavering resolution.
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