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    I am seeking information about my cousin Donald Cecil Edmund Halliday (1913-2006) who served in WW2 as a Radio Officer in the Merchant Navy. His ship, the Silverwillow, a British Motor Merchant, was torpedoed on 30 October 1942 by a German U boat (U-409) off Madeira. The master, 49 crew members, 7 gunners and 4 passengers (including one Distressed British Seaman ) were picked up by the British auxiliary patrol vessel HMS Kelantan and landed at Gourock, Scotland on 8 November. Presumably the DBS was my cousin. Donald is recorded returning from Bombay to Liverpool on the SS Drottningholm, a Swedish/American line on 27th December 1945. Donald described in a notebook how he enjoyed the time he spent in India after being torpedoed. I have been unable to find out what Donald was doing between 1942 and 1945 and why he was in India. I would also like to find out what medals he was awarded. I wondered whether anyone is able to help.

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    Default Re: Donald Cecil Edmund Halliday 1913-2006

    Hello Lorna
    His Seamans Pouch is at this Link but with the NA closed till things are back to normal you will have to wait till then to apply for anything.
    You will also need his CRS10 as that will hold his full Service Records,i will look for the Link and post soon.
    Will also look to see if there were any Medals awarded
    Cheers

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/C8201610

    Reference: BT 372/443/129
    Description: R253349 HALLIDAY D C E 07/01/1913 ETON
    Date: 1913-1972
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Former reference in its original department: R253349
    Legal status: Public Record(s)

    Added His CRS10 Should be found within this Series

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ls/r/C10990645


    Hall Reginald David to Halliday P H

    There are no Medal Listings that i can find ??
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    Default Re: Donald Cecil Edmund Halliday 1913-2006

    I have managed to find out the following :
    Donald was awarded the following medals for his war service :
    • The 1939 -1945 War Medal – awarded for all servicemen who served for 28 days during the war.
    • The 1939 -1945 Star – awarded to all servicemen who saw active service overseas.
    • The Atlantic Star – awarded mainly to Royal Navy and Merchant Navy personnel for service in the Atlantic 1939 -1945.
    • The Burma Star – for service in the Burma Campaign 1941-1945. Awarded to all three services.

    Here is the card in case you dont have it
    Cheers

    Last edited by Doc Vernon; 8th July 2020 at 02:15 AM.

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    Default Re: Donald Cecil Edmund Halliday 1913-2006

    Just looking at your Tudwal’s Island
    info and wished to say it is all very
    interesting.

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    Keith.
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