Crew list of Ships hit by U-boats

William John Freestone

Merchant Navy (R91642). British

Born  9 Oct 1908Acton, Middlesex
Died  9 Nov 1993(85)Durban, South Africa


3 Feb 1942MBE

Roster information listed for William John Freestone

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
Clan OgilvySteam merchantSecond Officer21 Mar 1941U-105 (1)

Personal information

Award Citation as published in London Gazette on 3 February 1942:

A ship was torpedoed. The Second Officer was in charge of one of the boats which were got away. On the second day they met a badly overcrowded boat and raft from another torpedoed vessel. Two men and an Officer were transferred to Mr. Freestone’s boat. By his skill and good seamanship the Second Officer, after a voyage of twelve days, brought many survivors to safety.


  1. Personal communication

Crew list for Ships hit by U-boats