Craston, Reginald Sharpe

Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Captain R.S. Craston, Merchant Navy, survived 13 days in an open boat and navigated it to Brazil. This was after his command the SS Ena de Larrinaga was torpedoed and sunk in April 1941. In February 1942 on his command the SS Ocean Venture was torpedoed and sunk. After that he survived being torpedoed, this time in the SS Ocean Courier by an E-Boat whilst supporting the operations in Normandy in July 1944.
Craston remained with the Merchant Navy for the remainder of the war and saw active service during the Korean War.
He retired in the 1960's.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
s.s. "Ena de Larrinaga", Merchant Navy
Awarded on:
December 2nd, 1941
Citation:
"The ship was torpedoed at night and sank in fifteen minutes. The Master ordered the crew to the boats and to stand by. He then searched the ship and stepped from the rail into one of the two boats just before the ship sank. The boats kept together through the night. At dawn the Master determined to make for an island about 500 miles away. The crew was divided, nineteen to each boat. After five daysí sailing one boat was met by a ship. On the eleventh day the Master sighted he island, but owing to wind, sea and current, could not make it. He then made for the mainland some 200 miles away and reached it two days later. The Master set a fine example. His powers of command were shown in the organization and discipline that prevailed when abandoning the ship, and during the thirteen daysí voyage in the boat. His courage and good seamanship saved the lives of his companions."
Military Division
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
With "FRANCE AND GERMANY" clasp.
Atlantic Star
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Master
Unit:
S.S. "Ocean Venture", Merchant Navy
Awarded on:
April 13th, 1943


King's/Queen's Commendation for brave conduct
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
s.s. "Ocean Courier", Merchant Navy
Awarded on:
April 24th, 1945
King's/Queen's Commendation for brave conduct

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