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  • DSM for the Sinking of the Junyo Maru - Dutch POW
  • DSM for the Sinking of the Junyo Maru - Dutch POW

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DSM for the Sinking of the Junyo Maru - Dutch POW


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DSM for the Sinking of the Junyo Maru - Dutch POW

Distinguished Service Medal, George VI (A/C.P.O., J. WALSH, D/SSX. 16371); Naval General Service Medal, George VI, 1 Clasp - PALESTINE 1936-1939 (SSX. 16371 J. WALSH. A.B. R.N.); 1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star; Burma Star; Defence Medal; and War Medal 1939-1945. Naming is engraved on DSM and impressed on the NGSM. Board mounted, near extremely fine. Also included is a duotang folder with his extensive military biography, copies of his Service Records, a Torpedo Coxswain's Badge, plus four sailor and five ship photographs. Footnote: James Walsh was born on May 27, 1915 in Ireland, later moving to Liverpool. He joined the Royal Navy as an Ordinary Seaman on June 6, 1935, later achiving the rank of Able Seaman on November 4, 1936, along with qualifying as a Seaman Torpedoman. He was awarded the NGSM with Palestine 1936-1939 Clasp, aiding civil authorities during the unrest, as he was serving in the Mediterranean during this period. Walsh joined submarines on May 13, 1940 at the Submarine Depot H.M.S. Dolphin for training, as Torpedo Coxswain. Upon completion of his Submarine Training Course, he was drafted to the Submarine Depot Ship H.M.S. Cyclops, 3rd Submarine Flotilla at Dundee for Submarine H.M.S. Seawolf on August 1, 1940. He did several patrols off the Norwegian coast. He returned to spare crew and was later drafted to the Submarine H.M.S. Thorn on July 28, 1941. He would have done a patrol or two, until he was transferred to H.M.S. St. Angelo, the naval base at Malta, on October 10, 1941. Walsh was advanced to Leading Seaman on August 1, 1942 and then appointed to H.M.S. Umbra for Submarine P 35 on August 27, 1942, seeing an additional advancement in rank to Petty Officer on September 9, 1942. His commander was Lieutenant Lynch Mayden, who won a DSO for his efforts in the Mediterranean. Walsh returned to England for additional training at H.M.S. Dolphin on March 28, 1943, later joining H.M.S. Tradewind, along with Mayden on July 7, 1943. He was raised in rank the following day, to Acting Chief Petty Officer. The Tradewind did one patrol in home waters, then left for Ceylon and the war in the Pacific theatre. Outside of several routine patrols, her greatest success was the sinking of the Junyo Maru, a transport ship. It was later determined, that in addition to its crew, the Junyo Maru was carrying some 2,500 Allied (mainly Dutch) Prisoners of War, along with 4,000 military workers from Java to Padang (Sumatra) destined to work on railway construction. Of these, it is estimated that only 250 survived the torpedo attack and the subsequent treatment by the Japanese Army. She was later posted to Freemantle in Australia. Several more patrols were made in the Pacific Ocean with mixed results and in all, the Tradewind made nine patrols. For his services, likely in the Junyo Maru affair, Walsh was awarded the DSM and was cited in the London Gazette "for outstanding courage, skill and devotion to duty in successful patrols in one of HM Submarines", on February 27, 1945. After returning home, he offended the Royal Navy in some way and was dis-rated to Petty Officer on October 8, 1945. He reverted to General Service with a draft to H.M.S. Drake, the Royal Naval Barracks at Devonport, on October 29, 1945. According to J.V. Parsons, who also served on H.M.S. Tradewind, James "Jim" Walsh, as Quartermaster Torpedo Coxswain, was known as the "Grocer". (BGR253)
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