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Lieut Wilfred (Hank) Tomlinson

Lieut Wilfred (Hank) Tomlinson

Investiture of DSC to Lieut Wilfred (Hank) Tomlinson RNVR. 1942

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Wilfred (Hank) Tomlinson DSC RNVR. Had a great love of the sea and ran away from his affluent home many times. He was eventually apprenticed to the Merchant Navy in 1915. He had been around the world and been torpedoed by the time he was 15. In 1928 he emigrated to Canada and travelled extensively, he was one of the first hundred people to travel across America to California in a motor car. Settling in Hollywood, be became a certified builder and architect and was head of an extensive business. On the outbreak of WWII he volunteered at once, and was on of the first fourteen Britons to return from the United States for service with the Armed Forces. He joined the RNVR. On June 4th 1942, he was severely wounded (2 bullet and 16 shrapnel wounds) in the chest,back and abdomen when his ship was attacked by aircraft when returning from a Commando raid on Le Touquet, He was awarded the DSC for “Courage and coolness in action against enemy aircraft while in command of H.M.M.L. 137. No longer allowed to serve at sea owing to his injuries he was made an instructor at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich. He died in 1949, aged 45, from the results of his wounds and aggravated by broncho-pneumonia.

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