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  • Awards of Submariner A. SKILLING - KIA 1940
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Awards of Submariner A. SKILLING - KIA 1940


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Awards of Submariner A. SKILLING - KIA 1940

1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star; War Medal 1939-45; and Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, George VI (J .103896 A.A.V. SKILLING. L.S. H.M.S. SEALION.). Naming is officially impressed. Board mounted, original ribbons, very fine. Also included is a duotang folder with his military biography, copy of his service record, articles and eleven ship photographs. Footnote: Albert Arthur Victor Skilling was born on November 11, 1904. He joined the Royal Navy as an Ordinary Seaman on his eighteenth birthday, November 11, 1922, signing on for a twelve year engagement. He was promoted to Able Seaman on November 23, 1923. He trained as a Seaman Torpedoman, then later, as a Leading Torpedo Operator. Details of his General Service ships are not available. In 1934, he volunteered for service in Submarines and, on DTBR, he was drafted to H.M.S. Dolphin for Submarine Training on DTBR. Upon further completion of the twelve years, he enlisted for an additional ten years, guaranteeing him a pension by November 11, 1944. He saw service on a number of submarines: H.M.S. Salmon (1934-36), Osiris (1936), Oswald (1936), Shark (1936) and Sea Lion (1937-39). On January 11, 1939, he was drafted to the H.M.S. Seahorse and sent to Blyth in Northumberland, when war seemed imminent, her tender being Titania. On the Seahorse's first wartime patrol on September 17, it turned out to be a very busy day. Shortly after noon, she attacked a U-Boat, which apparently was unsuccessful. Later that day, she herself was attacked by four Anson (British) aircraft, which had dropped four bombs, luckily missing. On her last patrol, she left Blyth the day after Christmas 1939, for a patrol off the West Coast of Denmark. She was then transferred to an area in the Heligoland Bight off the estuary of the River Elbe, where the German 1st Submarine Minesweeping Flotilla found her and depth charged her. It is believed the Seahorse received enough damage where she was unable to surface and she and assumed lost, on January 7, 1940, when she did not return to Blyth on January 12. Skilling and the entire crew were Killed in Action. He left behind his wife Frances Elizabeth Skilling. (BGR242)
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