Geoffrey John Kirkby
|Geoffrey John Kirkby|
26 August 1918|
|Died||24 October 1998
|Commands held||HMS Diana|
|Awards||Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Cross & Two Bars
Mentioned in Despatches
First DSC (June 1940)
Aged 21, Kirkby was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) for boarding the sinking Italian Navy submarine Torricelli and capturing the vessel's signal books. Kirkby was serving on board HMS Kingston at the time.
Second DSC (March 1942)
Kingston took part in a torpedo raid, for which the ship had to close within three miles of the Italian heavy units, and which led to the award of Kirkby's second DSC.