Sailor. Born Richard Been Stannard. During the evacuation of Namsos in April to May 1940, his ship, HMT Arab survived thirty-one bombing attacks in five days. On one occasion, he and two of his crew tackled a fire on a jetty, caused by a bomb igniting ammunition. Part of the jetty was saved, which proved invaluable at the subsequent evacuation. He was awarded the Victoria Cross. Died in Sydney, Australia.
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