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Originally designated the Conspicuous Service Cross (1901 - 1914), the Distinguished Service Cross was awarded to naval personnel, from Warrant officer to Lieutenant, for the performance of meritorious or distinguished services before the enemy. In 1939, Commanders and Lieutenant-Commanders were also made eligible for the DSC.
A plain silver cross pattee, convex and 39.7mm across. The ribbon is 34.9mm wide and consists of 3 equal stripes: navy blue, white and navy blue.
The London Gazette dated 11 July 1940, announced that on the 11 July 1940, The King has also been graciously pleased to approve the following awards (The Distinguished Service Cross) for like services to:-
Chief Skipper John Wilson, R.D., R.N.R., W.S.2354, H.M.T. Rutlandshire
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On the 11 July 1940, a total of 41 DSC's were awarded; I've listed only the trawler skippers receiving the DSC. It is interesting to note that Skipper Littler of the H.M.T. Indian Star was also awarded the DSC. The H.M.T. Indian Star was mentioned in the Admiralty report dated 19 April 1940, subject: Encounter of H.M.T. INDIAN STAR and H.M.T. Rutlandshire with enemy aircraft on 29 March 1940.
My grandfather had his name and year engraved on the reverse side of the DSC. Although originally planned for the 15 October 1940, the investiture was delayed until the 22 February 1941.
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