William Alfred Savage VC

William Alfred Savage (30/10/1912 – 28/03/1942) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 28 March 1942 in the attack on St. Nazaire, France, Able Seaman Savage who was a gun-layer of a pom-pom in MGB 314, engaged enemy positions ashore, shooting with great accuracy. Although he had no gun-shield and was in a most exposed position, he continued firing with great coolness until at last he was killed at his gun.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 35566, Page: 2225, reads:

“Able Seaman William Alfred Savage, C/JX.173910

For great gallantry, skill and devotion to duty as gunlayer of the pom-pom in a motor gun boat in the St. Nazaire raid. Completely exposed, and under heavy fire he engaged positions ashore with cool and steady accuracy. On the way. out of the harbour he kept up the same vigorous and accurate fire against the attacking ships, until he was killed at his gun.
This Victoria Cross is awarded in recognition not only of the gallantry and devotion to duty of Able Seaman Savage, but also of the valour shown by many others, unnamed, in Motor Launches, Motor Gun Boats and Motor Torpedo Boats, who gallantly carried out their duty in entirely exposed positions against Enemy fire at very close range.”


He was killed in the action and is buried in Town Cemetery, Falmouth


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