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. ' IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESENTATION OF THREE VOYAC-ER GALLANTRY AWARDS.

• Two VOYAGER awards will be conferred by the Queen at

Buckingham Palace in London tomorrow (Thursday).

The Minister for the Navy,. Mr. Chaney, said today that

Her Majesty would present a posthumous George Cross to Mrs.

Lorraine Rogers, the widow of Chief Petty Officer Jonathan

Rogers, and the George Medal to Chief Petty Officer Douglas

Moore, .

Mrs. Rogers has been visiting relatives in the United

Kingdom. Chief Petty Officer Moore is in Britain for an

officers' training course.

The last of the VOYAGER medals will be presented to

Leading Sick Berth Attendant John Rennie Wilson in the United

States next week. He has been appointed to H.M.A.S. PERTH,

and will receive his British Empire Medal from the Australian

Ambassador, Mr. Keith Waller, during the commissioning of the

new R.A.N. destroyer at Boston on Saturday week (17th July).

Mr. Chaney said the three medals about to be conferred

were the last of the twelve awards for gallantry on the night

of the loss of the VOYAGER in February, 1964.

The other medals were presents»*! by the former

Governor-General, Lord De L'Isle, a t .an investiture in

Canberra in May, .

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Memo; Details of relevant cita-tions attached.

Canberra. 7th July, 1965

RELEVANT VOYAGER CITATIONS

CHIEF PETTY OFFICER JONATHAN ROGERS; GEORGE CROSS

In recognition of his outstanding gallantry and

devotion to duty in saving life at sea when H.M.A.S.

VOYAGER was sunk after collision, for maintaining the

' morale of junior ratings in great adversity, for

organising the escape of as many as possible, and for

supporting the spirits of those who could not escape

■ and encouraging them to meet death alongside himself

with dignity and honour. H e .upheld the highest

traditions of service at sea and of his rating of Chief

Petty Officer (Coxswain)„

Next-of-Kin: M r s . J. Rogers (widow) Bryan Iffa Farm, Plaslennain Road, PEN-Y-CAE, WREXHAM, NORTH WALES

(Chief Petty Officer Rogers was awarded the Distinguished

Service Medal for service with the Royal Navy in 1944. He

transferred to the R.A.N. in 1950),

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CHIEF PETTY OFFICER DOUGLAS MOORE; GEORGE MEDAL

In recognition of his brave and distinguished conduct

when H.M.A.S. VOYAGER was sunk after collision, in

assisting survivors to evacuate the sinking ship, and in

rescuing an unconscious man in the water, and for

leadership and devotion to duty in organising the boarding

of liferafts and taking charge of liferafts containing

survivors and maintaining' the morale of survivors in

great adversity.

(Chief Petty Officer Moore was awarded the British Empire Medal

for his part in a hazardous diving operation undertaken by the

Navy for the Snowy Mountains Authority at Lake Eucumbene in 1961),

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LEADING SICK BERTH ATTENDANT JOHN RENNIE WILSON; BRITISH EMPIRE

MEDAL. ,

In recognition of his brave and distinguished conduct

when H.M.A.S. VOYAGER was sunk after collision, in that

although in great pain from his injuries, he refused the

assistance of an injection of morphia and insisted on

helping other injured men, thereby upholding the highest

traditions of the nursing profession.

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Canberra 7th July, 1965