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British Naval Long Service Good Conduct Submarine Grouping – Item 92999

Court mounted group of four WWII Naval medals. Consisting of Naval Good Conduct and Long Service. 1939-45 Medal, Atlantic Star and 1939-45 Star. Awarded to Alexander Stables, HMS Dolphin. Inscribed to Naval medal “M. 14537 A. S. MC DONALD E.R.A 1. H.M.S. DOLPHIN”. Being Recognised for his Gallantry whilst Serving on Submarine HMS Shark in 1940.

Alexander Stables Mc Donald was born in September 1899 in Govan, Scotland. He enlisted in the Royal Navy towards the latter stages of the Great War. He served on various training ships and shore establishments etc. In 1920’s he joined the Submarine service and appears to have served on various ships including L7, L1, L2, L27, etc. His last ship noted on his service papers is L56. He received the Long Service Good Conduct medal whilst with HMS Dolphin, Submarine training establishment. He would continue to serve in WW2 and was serving on Submarine HMS Shark when in 1940 she was attacked by German aircraft and eventually sunk, for his actions in trying to repel this attack, McDonald was decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal (D.S.M), which appeared in the London Gazette 21st August 1945,

“For great gallantry, steadfastness and devotion to duty whilst serving in H.M Submarine Shark. On 6th July, 1940, the Shark was forced to come to the surface through damage inflicted by aircraft and could neither dive nor steer a course for home. She fought off continuous attacks by sea-planes, bombers and fighters for more than three hours and caused at least one aircraft to retire seriously damaged. When all ammunition was expended, all secret matter was destroyed and the ship was sunk, the survivors became prisoners of war.”

The Submarine Association “In-Depth” Newsletter, gives the following information about HMS Shark, “HMS Shark was sunk on 6th July 1940 after being caught on the surface off the coast of Norway. Several bombs exploded close astern and severely damaged the propulsion. The submarine dived in an attempt to get to safety but resurfaced to in order to charge up the batteries and attempt to escape under cover of darkness. Both engines were re-started but the Port engine was out of line and the rudder was jammed hard to port. The submarine was relocated by enemy aircraft and attacked again. Unable to dive owing to a lack of high-pressure air, a low battery and flooding the Commanding Officer attempted to fight his way out but was forced eventually to surrender. 27 of the crew were un-injured, 12 (including commanding officer) were wounded and 2 were killed. HMS Shark sank as the Germans were attempting to tow it to Stavanger.”

Price: £650

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