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WWII D.S.M. GROUP OF 6 MEDALS TO A.B. R. CLARK, H.M.S. ORIBI

*** RESERVED *** The blistering Operation Halberd Malta Convoy H.M.S. Oribi gunner's airplane-busting D.S.M. & M.I.D. Group, consisting of: Distinguished Service Medal George VI to P/JX 149282 R. Clark, A.B., H.M.S. Oribi; 1939-45 Star; Italy Star; Africa Star; Burma Star; WWII War Medal with M.I.D. Oak Leaf; Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service & Good Conduct Medal George VI to JX 149282 R. Clark, D.S.M. P.O.B. 24227 P.O. R.F.R.
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D.S.M. Gazetted 6.1.1942 "Robert Clark (Maybole, South Ayrshire) H.M.S Oribi, Operation HALBERD: For good services in repelling air attacks on a convoy through the Western Mediterranean. This rating is the gunlayer of the port foremost Oerlikon and from the first arrival of this gun in the ship he has made a feting of it. He has spent a great deal of his own time at the gun, training himself and his crew in aiming, firing and loading, and has now reached a very high standard. His excellent training bore fruit when he successfully attacked a B.R.20 during the attack on the HALBERD convoy on 27 Sep, and again contributed to the destruction of a Savoia 79 during the night torpedo bomber attack later on the same day. He is considered fully worthy of recognition  for outstanding zeal, efficiency and devotion to duty."

M.I.D. Gazetted 4.4.1944: 'For sweeps against enemy shipping in the Aegean and in maintaining supplies to the island of Kos and Leros'. Copy extract with photograph of Clark's wartime presentation at Maybole, South Ayrshire: "On Wed Apr 1942, Robert Clark was presented with a hall clock from the people of Maybole in recognition of the honour he had brought to the town in gaining the award of the Distinguished Service Medal. Provost McCulloch made the presentation and said he felt it was a great homour to make the presentation as it was the first distinction to be won by a Maybole man in the war. Seaman Clark, educated at Carrick academy, had been in the Navy for about six years. The award had been given for gallantry in action against enemy aircraft in the Mediterranean whilst convoying food and munitions to Malta, and also for special service, details of which could not be mentioned. He had also taken part in the raid on Vaasgo in Norway with great credit."

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