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 Richard Frank Jolly

Richard Frank Jolly

Birth
Death 16 Oct 1939 (aged 43)
Burial Boughton Monchelsea, Maidstone Borough, Kent, England
Plot 602, near the Western border of the graveyard
Memorial ID 10916013 · View Source
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British George Cross Recipient. Born in Wandsworth, South London, he was educated at Bedford School, and joined the Royal Navy in September 1914. He gained first prize for gunnery and torpedo in his term at Keyham College. During the First World War, he served for two years as a midshipman on a battle cruiser, before being promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to a destroyer. In 1932, he was promoted to the rank of Commander. Soon after the Second World War broke out, H.M.S. Mohawk, commanded by Richard Jolly, was patrolling the Firth of Forth, near Edinburgh, when she was attacked by an enemy aircraft, and suffered many casualties. Commander Jolly, who was on the bridge, was wounded in the stomach, but refused to leave his post or to receive medical attention, with the words, "Leave me, go and look after the others." He continued to direct the Mohawk for the 35 mile passage, which took eighty minutes, and, although he was too weak for his orders to be heard, they were repeated by his Navigating Officer, who was, also, wounded. Five hours after he bought the ship into port, he died, and was awarded the Empire Gallantry Medal posthumously. On September 24, 1940, this was exchanged for the George Cross, upon the inauguration of the new medal. The inscription on his grave is: "Commander Richard Frank Jolly, G.C., R.N., killed in action when commanding H.M.S. Mohawk, Octr. 10th. 1939. Aged 43 years."

Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine


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  • Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
  • Added: 5 May 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10916013
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Frank Jolly (28 Aug 1896–16 Oct 1939), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10916013, citing St Peter Churchyard, Boughton Monchelsea, Maidstone Borough, Kent, England ; Maintained by Iain MacFarlaine (contributor 46514200) .