Sea Reconnaissance Unit

JonnoB

New Member
I recently discover a book "The Frogmen of Burma" by Bruce S Wright., published in 1970. It has a forward by Mountbatten.

Wright formed the first Allied frogman unit in WW2. It was a small group of less than 50 men, who trained in the US and Bermuda as a warm water force. They operated for a short period in Burma where they were used to scout the crossing of the Irrawaddy River. Three members of the unit were given awards, two Military Crosses and a Military Medal.

I've not been able to find any mention of the unit here.
 

JonnoB

New Member
Hi, sorry about the delay in replying. The three men who received awards for service in the Sea Reconnaissance Unit were,

Sergeant Patrick Colgan MM, Royal Air Force.

Lieutenant James Edward Turpin MC, Royal West Kent Regiment.

Flight-Lieutenant G Harry Avery MC, Royal Canadian Air Force.

Not mentioned but I believe he also received a MC for his service in the SRU was

Major Edward Henry Muldoon MC, Gold Coast Regiment, Royal West African Frontier Force.

I've found information on the interweb for all of the above, except Lieutenant J E Turpin.

Major E H Muldoon's medals were sold at Christies
Details of his award are given by Christies.

The founder of the unit, Lt Comdr Bruce S Wright, Royal Canadian Navy, received a long service award - the CD, any other awards he may have received are unknown to me.
 

Craig Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
Below is all i have come across. Do you have more information than below such as service numbers?

Sergeant Patrick Colgan MM, Royal Air Force.
I cannot find any record of medal at at National Archives

Lieutenant James Edward Turpin MC, Royal West Kent Regiment.
Found his award listing at National Archives, name as James Edmond Michael Turpin - WO-373-40-23
Service Number : 265889

Flight-Lieutenant George Harry Avery MC, Royal Canadian Air Force.
Cannot see record at National Archives, but found:
http://www.canadaveteranshallofvalour.com/AveryGH.htm

Major Edward Henry Muldoon MC, Gold Coast Regiment, Royal West African Frontier Force.
Found his award listing at National Archives, WO-373-28-52

Lt Comdr Bruce S Wright, Royal Canadian Navy
 
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