(The Legend of) Thomas Crisp

“Skipper Thomas Crisp VC, DSC, RNR (28 April 1876 – 15 August 1917) was an English posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross. Crisp, in civilian life a commercial fisherman operating from Lowestoft in Suffolk, earned his award after being killed during the defence of his vessel, the armed naval smack His Majesty’s Smack Nelson, in the North Sea against an attack from a German submarine in 1917.[1]

Crisp’s self-sacrifice in the face of this “unequal struggle” was used by the government to bolster morale during some of the toughest days of the First World War for Britain, the summer and autumn of 1917, during which Britain was suffering heavy losses at the Battle of Passchendaele.[2] His exploit was read aloud by David Lloyd George in the Houses of Parliament and made headline news for nearly a week.” Go to the source: Thomas Crisp – Wikipedia

Dude took on a U-boat in a vessel like this…


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