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Distinguished Service Cross 1914-1936

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Collection Orders and medals, Coins and medals
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleProvenance: Taylor, Frederick Henry

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Object ID MED1412
Description Distinguished Service Cross awarded to Captain Frederick Henry Taylor. The award was published in the ‘London Gazette’ 6 August 1915. In May that year Lieutenant Taylor was in command of the C-Class submarine HMS ‘C-24’, engaged in coastal defence duties. A plan was devised whereby the armed trawler ‘Taranaki’ would tow ‘C-24’ to where U-boats were known to be hunting. On June 23 ‘U-40’ was sighted and while the ‘Taranaki’ acted as a decoy vessel, Taylor on ‘C-24’ fired a torpedo that sank the U-boat. In World War II, Captain Taylor served as Commodore, Ocean Convoys 1941-44 and was Mentioned in Despatches. The wreck of the 'U-40' was discovered in 2009, 74 km (46 miles) off Eyemouth, Scotland. The medal is in the form of a plain silver cross pattee, convexed. In the centre of the obverse face is the Royal Cypher. On the reverse it is hallmarked. It is suspended from a blue ribbon with a central white stripe. The medal is mounted on a bar with three others: 1914-1915 Star (MED1413), British War Medal (MED1414) and the Victory Medal (MED1415). It has a fitted case of issue.
Date made

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials silver
Measurements Overall: x x x 42 mm
  • Distinguished Service Cross 1914-1936 (MED1412)
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