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Lot 152, 25 Sep 08
DescriptionA Second World War King’s Commendation for Brave Conduct and Lloyd’s War Medal for Bravery at Sea group of six awarded to Cadet Bernard John Duval, Merchant Navy, for services aboard the M.V. Domala, 2 March 1940
1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star; War Medal 1939-45, all unnamed; Lloyd’s War Medal for Bravery at Sea, silver (Cadet B. J. Duval, S.S. “Domala”, 2nd March 1940) mounted for wear; King’s Commendation for Brave Conduct Badge, plastic, pin-backed, good very fine and better (6) £1200-1500
FootnoteRef. Spink Exhibition 1985, No. 76.
King’s Commendation for Brave Conduct London Gazette 26 July 1940. - For services when the ship was bombed and damaged.
Lloyd’s War Medal for Bravery at Sea Lloyd’s List and Shipping Gazette, 18 March 1941. ‘Bernard John Duval, Cadet, Domala’ ‘The ship was attacked during darkness by an enemy aircraft, which dropped a bomb, putting the main engines out of action and setting her on fire. She also carried a number of lascars captured from various vessels by an enemy raider, who were being taken home. Many were hurt and some killed. At great risk to himself, Cadet Duval, a lad of seventeen, gave a fine example of bravery, doing all he could to save his second officer’s life’.
The M.V. Domala, 8,441 tons, was a British passenger liner of the British India Steam Navigation Company. She was bombed by enemy aircraft whilst sailing in the Engish Channel on 2 March 1940. For their brave actions both Chief Officer W. Brawn and Cadet B. J. Duval were awarded the King’s Commendation for Brave Conduct. In addition, Duval was awarded the Lloyd’s Medal for Bravery.
Sold with original certificate of award for the Commendation for Brave Conduct.