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A very good Second World War Destroyer operations Far East Birthday Honours 1945 Distinguished Service Medal and New Years Honours 1963 British Empire Medal and South East Asia and long service group awarded to Chief Engine Room Artificer R.J. Croney, Roy
A very good Second World War Destroyer operations Far East Birthday Honours 1945 Distinguished Service Medal and New Years Honours 1963 British Empire Medal and South East Asia and long service group awarded to Chief Engine Room Artificer R.J. Croney, Royal Navy, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal whilst employed aboard the destroyer Quilliam which in May 1945 took part in Operation Iceberg - the invasion of Okinawa. Croney had displayed gallantry in the face of the enemy. Croney went on to be awarded the British Empire Medal in January 1963 during his time aboard the destroyer Crossbow, which at that time was serving with the 2nd Destroyer Squadron.
Group of 9: Distinguished Service Medal, GVI 1st type bust, engraved naming; (E.R.A.3CL. R.J. CRONEY. C/SMX.399); British Empire Medal, EIIR cypher, Military Division; (C.E.R.A. REGINALD J. CRONEY. D.S.M, P/MX.845462.); 1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star; Burma Star; Italy Star; War Medal; Naval General Service Medal 1909-1962, GVI 2nd type bust, 1 Clasp: S.E.ASIA 1945-46; (C.SMX.399. R.J. CRONEY. D.S.M. E.R.A.3. R.N.); Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, EIIR Dei.Grat. bust; (MX.845462 R.J. CRONEY. (D.S.M.) C.E.R.A. H.M.S. SULTAN.)
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Reginald James Croney was born on 18th September 1918 in Malling, Kent, and went on to join the Royal Navy seeing wartime and then regular service. During the Second World War, Croney saw service as an Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class (No.C/SMX.399 later post-war MX.845462) and was present in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Far East. It was for his services aboard the destroyer Quilliam that he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in the King’s Birthday Honours List as published in the London Gazette for 14th June 1945. This was ‘for gallantry in the face of the enemy and for setting an example of wholehearted devotion to duty in HMS Quilliam which upheld the high tradition of the Royal Navy’. At this time, Quilliam was employed in the Pacific, and on 20th May 1945, while taking part in Operation Iceberg - the invasion of Okinawa, Quilliam was involved in a collision with the British aircraft carrier Indomitable, which left the destroyer with a heavily damaged bow. She was out of service for repairs when the war ended.
Croney then saw service post-war, and took part in the South East Asia operations of 1945 to 1946, restoring order during the troubles which occurred there in the aftermath of the Japanese occupation. Seeing further service, Croney was awarded the Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 26th August 1958 whilst serving as a Chief Engine Room Artificer with Sultan, the shore base at Sultan in Hampshire. Later whilst still serving in that rank and aboard the destroyer Crossbow, he was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Years Honours List as published in the London Gazette for 1st January 1963. The award was ‘for outstanding zeal and devotion to duty whilst serving in HMS Crossbow’. At this time Crossbow was serving with the 2nd Destroyer Squadron.