Stephen Branley

Stephen Branley

Posted on 11/06/2013


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Able Seaman A.G Branley

Able Seaman A.G Branley
It seems the perfect time to post the citation awarded to my 1st cousin (once removed)....Allen Glen Branley

"The London Gazette of 26 May 1942 records the award to Allen of the Distinguished Service Medal, awarded for “gallantry at sea in presence of the enemy”, as follows":

The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointments to the Distinguished Service Order and to approve the following Rewards and Awards:

For coolness, skill and enterprise while serving in H.M. Ships Maori, Sikh and Legion, in a brilliant night action in the Central Mediterranean in which, without hurt or loss to the Royal Navy, two Italian Cruisers and an E-boat were destroyed, and a Torpedo Boat badly damaged:….

The Distinguished Service Medal:
Able Seaman Allen Glen Branley. C/JX144174.….

As the HMS Sikh rolled on to her starboard side, then sank with her screws pointing to the sky, Able Seaman, Allen Glen Branley made his escape into the waters of the Mediterranean, but swam back to the ship to assist his comrades who were in danger of drowning. It is impossible to know exactly what happened next, but word got back that Allen managed to rescue two shipmates before he was engulfed in burning fuel oil and mortally injured. Allen had been picked up and brought to the shore, where, on the 15th September 1942, he died of his wounds. Allen is buried in the War Cemetery in Tobruk, where his grave is tended by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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one42chrisp
one42chrisp
War is hell and your cousin was a hero!
5 years ago.
John Maenhout
John Maenhout
Hello Stephen,

Is this a grave in Belgium or England, I was almost a year old when your 1st cousin is died.
War and Why, today nobody have learned out of the past.
John
5 years ago.
Stephen Branley
Stephen Branley
No one will ever know John......
5 years ago.
Stephen Anthony Branley
Stephen Anthony Bran…
Always fascinated to hear about relatives, however distant, that I didn't know I had. Lovely photo too.
5 years ago.
Stephen Anthony Branley
Stephen Anthony Bran…
There's a very brief report of the loss of HMS Sikh here: trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/page/7812815
5 years ago.
Katie Rose
Katie Rose
Lovely image and tribute.
5 years ago.