Richard Frank Jolly, RN

Born  28 Aug 1896London, England
Died  16 Oct 1939(43)HMS Mohawk (F 31)

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1 May 1915 Mid.
15 Mar 1917 S.Lt.
15 May 1918 A/Lt.
15 Dec 1918 Lt.
17 Dec 1926 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1932 Cdr.


23 Dec 1939 GC (posthumous)

Warship Commands listed for Richard Frank Jolly, RN

HMS Mohawk (F 31)Cdr.Destroyer12 Jul 193816 Oct 1939 (+)

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Destroyer HMS Mohawk (F 31)

16 Oct 1939
While providing escort for a North Sea convoy on 16th October 1939, HMS Mohawk (Cdr R.F. Jolly, RN) was attacked by a German Ju-88 aircraft. Before the aircraft was destroyed, it released two bombs which fell to starboard (abreast of the bridge) and to port (abreast of the torpedo tubes). The bombs exploded on the surface of the sea well before most men had time to reach their action stations. Machine gun bullets and jagged metal splinters decimated the mooring party on the fo'c'sle, slashed through the bridge, the wheelhouse, the director and the communications system. The personnel manning the machine guns, the search light position and after control position were mowed down by the projectiles. Fifteen men were killed and thirty injured, mostly experienced officers. On the bridge, Cdr R.F. Jolly, RN suffered a mortal stomach wound. While denying the comfort of medical attention, and in great pain and suffering, he commanded his ship for 35 miles until she was safely in port. After being taken to hospital at South Queensferry, Scotland, he died several hours later. For his gallantry, the Captain was awarded the George Cross posthumously. The ship was patched up at Rosyth then made her way to the Hawthorn Leslie Yard on the Tyne river for permanent repairs and a refit.

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