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Eric Alfred Seivers

RANR (PM 1577). Australian

Born  25 Jun 1917
Died   2000(82)

Photo taken in Newport, South Wales on 12 Feb, 1940. Courtesy of Richard Seivers.


 British Empire Medal (BEM)

Roster information listed for Eric Alfred Seivers

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
Helen MollerSteam merchantPetty Officer (DEMS gunner)5 Jun 1944U-183

Personal information

of Aspendale, Victoria. He was in his room when Helen Moller was torpedoed and injured when blasted into the adjoning storeroom. Nevertheless he helped his room mate Leading Seaman Taylor to reach a lifeboat and then made a delibreate search of the ship for those needing assistance. He carried the half conscious third officer Ghansham Soni from the lower bridge to a lifeboat. After the ship had sunk he volunteered to swim to another lifeboat without life belt support, accompanied by pantryman Ahmad as interpreter. He took charge of the boat and sailed for seven days until being picked up.

Eric Alfred Seivers was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his selfless conduct and courage.

Eric Seivers at ANZAC Day March in Melbourne in the sixties and his War Medals on the right. Photo courtesy of Richard Seivers.

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