The scarce Second World War Evacuation from Dunkirk Operation Dynamo Naval Beach Party Signaller’s single Distinguished Service Medal awarded to Signalman J. Mulheron, Royal Navy, who was one of a small number of men from the Naval Beach Party to be recommended for ‘conspicuous devotion to duty under fire’ for his work with the party of the men working directly under Rear Admiral Wake-Walker, who had command ashore of the evacuation. The ratings employed ashore on the coast, and in Dunkirk were subjected to a considerable ordeal. It is most likely that Mulheron was one of those small number of men who manned the shore signal stations in Dunkirk.
Distinguished Service Medal, GVI 1st type bust, early war issue with impressed naming; (JX.133241 J. MULHERON. SIG. R.N.)
Condition: heavy edge bruise at 3 o’clock on obverse rim, otherwise light contact wear, Very Fine.
Joseph Mulheron saw service during the Second World War as a Signalman (Chatham No.JX.133241) with the Royal Navy, and was amongst those naval personnel who were employed ashore on the beach at Dunkirk during the evacuation codenamed Operation Dynamo. As part of the men working directly under Rear Admiral Wake-Walker, he was one of a batch of men recommended for a decoration under the general recommendation of ‘the ratings employed ashore on the coast, and in Dunkirk were subjected to a considerable ordeal. The following are selected from the large number employed, for conspicuous devotion to duty under fire.’ Mulheron was second down on the list of those recommended on the second page of Enclosure 2 of 4th June 1940 - as compiled at Dover in the immediate aftermath of the operations, he being one of four Signalmen on this page to be recommended for services with the Beach Party controlling the evacuation.
Mulheron’s was one of the 23 ratings to be so recommended in Enclosure 2 of awards, his award being published in the London Gazette for 16th August 1940, which gazette contained the list of the second batch of men to be decorated for the evacuation, the first gazetted men having appeared in the London Gazette for 7th June 1940.
About 30 naval officers and 320 ratings were employed for varying periods in pier parties and at shore signal stations in Dunkirk, and as beach parties. A great number worked unceasingly without relief of rest, exposed to incessant air attacks, for seven days. The work of these officers and men was of the greatest value and contributed largely to the success of the undertaking.