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Philip Edmund Birch

Merchant Navy. British

Born   1911Portsmouth
Died  3 Dec 1942(31)


9 Jul 1941OBE
23 Jun 1942King's Commendation (C)

Roster information listed for Philip Edmund Birch

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
ThirlbySteam merchantMaster3 Apr 1941U-69
ThirlbySteam merchantMaster23 Jan 1942U-109
Empire DabchickSteam merchantMaster3 Dec 1942 (+)U-183 (1)

Personal information

Son of Alfred Edmund and Minnie Catherine Birch; husband of Elizabeth Ann Birch, of South Shields, Co. Durham.

Award Citation as published in London Gazette on 9 July 1941:

The ship went to the help of another which had been torpedoed. While she was rescuing the crew, she was attacked by two submarines. The Master handled his vessel with skill. He used his gun well and one of the submarines was seen to dive suddenly.
On another occasion the ship was machine-gunned and bombed by an enemy aircraft. The Master instantly replied with his gun. The ship was holed and set on fire and the crew were ordered to the boats. They returned later and, without help, brought the vessel to port. In both actions the Master showed courage and tenacity.

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