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Naval General Service Medal 1909-1962, GVI 1st type bust, 1 Clasp: Palestine 1936-1939, awarded to Ordinary Seaman later Petty Officer D. Connell, Royal Navy, who having been present during the operations on and off the coast of Palestine during the Arab

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Condition: some contact wear and edge bruising, only Very Fine.
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Naval General Service Medal 1909-1962, GVI 1st type bust, 1 Clasp: Palestine 1936-1939, awarded to Ordinary Seaman later Petty Officer D. Connell, Royal Navy, who having been present during the operations on and off the coast of Palestine during the Arab Rebellion in the period leading up to the outbreak of the Second World War, went on to see service during the war. Whilst aboard the destroyer Paladin, he was awarded a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in the King’s Birthday Honours List as published in the London Gazette for 8th June 1944. The period leading up to his award would have covered Paladin’s time in the Mediterranean, she having been present at the Sicily Landings during Operation Husky on 10th August 1943, and then in September 1943, she took part in operations connected with the invasion of the Italian mainland and the landings at Salerno during Operation Avalanche. In early 1944 she transferred to the Eastern Fleet based at Ceylon, however on 12th February 1944, she formed part of the screen accompanying the troop convoy KR 8 from Kilindini to Ceylon. In this task she helped her sister ship Petard destroy the Japanese submarine I-27 after she sank the troop ship Khedive Ismail south of Addu Atoll with the loss of 1,297 lives. The Japanese submarine fired a salvo of torpedoes, two of which hit and sank the vessel. Paladin and her sister-ship Petard counter-attacked and I-27 was eventually sunk by a torpedo after depth charges, gunfire and ramming had damaged it. However, in attempting to ram it, Paladin suffered damage to her hull from the submarine's hydroplane that had opened a hole 20 feet long and 2 feet wide. Her crew had moved everything possible to the starboard side to bring the damage above the water and she was beached on an island in Addu Atoll. It may have been for these services that he was decorated.

Naval General Service Medal 1909-1962, GVI 1st type bust, 1 Clasp: Palestine 1936-1939; (JX.141124 D. CONNELL. O.SMN. R.N.)

Condition: some contact wear and edge bruising, only Very Fine.

Daniel Connell saw service as an Ordinary Seaman (No.JX.141124) with the Royal Navy, and was present during the operations on and off the coast of Palestine during the Arab Rebellion in the period leading up to the outbreak of the Second World War. With the outbreak of the war, he saw further service, and was present as a Petty Officer aboard the destroyer Paladin when he was awarded a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in the King’s Birthday Honours List as published in the London Gazette for 8th June 1944. The period leading up to his award would have covered Paladin’s time in the Mediterranean, she having been present at the Sicily Landings during Operation Husky on 10th August 1943, and then in September 1943, she took part in operations connected with the invasion of the Italian mainland and the landings at Salerno during Operation Avalanche. In November, supporting the 5th Army on the west coast of Italy, Paladin was among the ships which carried out bombardments in the Minturno area in the Gulf of Gaeta. She provided more fire support in the same place on the night of 1st/2nd December. In January 1944, Paladin joined the Eastern Fleet.

On 12th February 1944, she formed part of the screen accompanying the troop convoy KR 8 from Kilindini to Ceylon. In this task she helped her sister ship Petard destroy the Japanese submarine I-27 after she sank the troop ship Khedive Ismail south of Addu Atoll with the loss of 1,297 lives. The Japanese submarine fired a salvo of torpedoes, two of which hit and sank the vessel. Paladin and her sister-ship Petard counter-attacked and I-27 was eventually sunk by a torpedo after depth charges, gunfire and ramming had damaged it. However, in attempting to ram it, Paladin suffered damage to her hull from the submarine's hydroplane that had opened a hole 20 feet long and 2 feet wide. Her crew had moved everything possible to the starboard side to bring the damage above the water and she was beached on an island in Addu Atoll. Paladin sustained underwater damage in the ramming of the submarine and was out of action for five months. She underwent repairs at Simonstown in South Africa, where she arrived on 22nd March 1944.