William Alfred Savage

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William Alfred Savage
Born 30 October 1912 (1912-10-30)
Smethwick, Staffordshire
Died 28 March 1942 (1942-03-29) (aged 29)
St. Nazaire, France
Buried Town Cemetery, Falmouth
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1939-1942 
Rank Able Seaman
Battles/wars World War II: St. Nazaire Raid
Awards Victoria Cross

William Alfred Savage VC (30 October 1912 – 28 March 1942) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


Savage was 29 years old, and an able seaman in the Royal Navy during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 28 March 1942 in the attack on St. Nazaire, France, Able Seaman Savage who was a gun-layer of a pom-pom in MGB 314, engaged enemy positions ashore, shooting with great accuracy. Although he had no gun-shield and was in a most exposed position, he continued firing with great coolness until at last he was killed at his gun.[1]

The medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England.


  1. ^ "No. 35566". The London Gazette. 19 May 1942. p. 2225. 

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