Duff, George Marmion

Date of birth:
July 2nd, 1900
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Master
Unit:
M.V. Empire Glade, Merchant Navy
Awarded on:
June 8th, 1943
"The ship was sailing alone when she was attacked by an enemy submarine shortly before dawn. Many shells exploded on or near the skip which, however, put up a splendid and successful defence. The vessel sustained considerable damage, but emergency repairs were effected and the ship kept going. The submarine continued to shell the ship, but the fire was returned and the enemy was eventually shaken off. In spite of her damaged condition the vessel continued her voyage and arrived at her destination after having covered a distance of over 2,500 miles. The Master displayed great courage and skill in conducting the magnificent defence which saved his ship. It was due to his tenacity, resource and seamanship that the ship was brought safely to port. The Chief and Second Engineer Officers remained below throughout the attack and carried out their duties with courage and coolness despite damage caused by a shell which penetrated the engine-room. The Chief Officer was the mainstay of the Master on deck and was outstanding in his courage and devotion to duty. The Second Officer was the Gunnery Officer in the ship and it was mainly due to his excellent control and direction that such an effective fire was maintained. The Carpenter and the Storekeeper worked with courage, skill and untiring energy in effecting emergency repairs while the ship was in action."
George Medal
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Master
Awarded on:
May 24th, 1945
Lloyd's War Medal for Bravery at Sea

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