WW2 Medal Groups
WW2 Submarine Causality Medal Group, HMS Sterlet (2S) - Attributed To Mercer
A very emotive WW2 Royal Navy casualty medal group posthumously awarded to C/MX.47755 Engine Room Artificer Norman Wilfred Mercer, Royal Nay (Submarine Service). Mercer was born in August 1913, and joined the Royal Navy in 1931 aged 16.
His service records, (a paper copy of which are included with this listing), show several different assignments and many spells spent at Submarine Training Establishments, (including HMS Dolphin). In January 1939, he was assigned to serve on HMS Sterlet.
Sterlet was an ‘S’ class Submarine, details of which can be viewed by clicking on here, during April 1940, HMS Sterlet left for a patrol in the Skagerrak, off Norway under the command of Lt. Gerard Henry Stacpoole Haward.
Four days later she unsuccessfully attacked a convoy of three merchant ships and a destroyer. The following day she was assigned a new patrol area and on the 14th April torpedoed the German gunnery training ship Brummer, leading to her sinking the following day. She was sunk by the German anti-submarine trawlers UJ-125, UJ-126 and UJ-128 on the 18th April.
HMS Sterlet was lost with all hands. A very detailed account of HMS Sterlets war service can be viewed by clicking on here. Details of her wreck-site, last patrol and crew details can be viewed by clicking on here.
Mercers Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry can be viewed by clicking on here, he is remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial.
According to the original Marriage Certificate (that also comes with this listing), Mercer had married Dorothy Carter in 1938, and upon receiving reports that HMS Sterlet was missing, on the 30th April 1940 a telegram was sent by the Admiralty (as per standard practice), to Mrs Mercer informing her that her Husband was ‘missing on war service’.
This original telegram is also included with this listing, along with the original follow up letters, informing her first that Mercer is missing, and an additional one, dated 23rd May 1940, confirming that Mercer had been killed in action.
The details of his awards are as follows:
1939-45 Star unnamed as issued.
Atlantic Star unnamed as issued.
Defence Medal unnamed as issued.
British War Medal unnamed as issued.
Further details of WW2 medal award criteria, can be viewed by clicking on here and scrolling to the relevant medal entry.
The medals are loose, still with their original wax packets and have their original ribbons. The medal box that they come in has been posted by the Admiralty but is extremely worn and only the word ‘Mrs’ can be read on the cover. Unfortunately the Navy Council Casualty Medal Award Slip is missing. Additionally, included with this listing, is one of Mercer’s wedding photographs and an original insurance payment document (from 1939) which includes Mercer’s details.
There is a lot of information available on the internet in regards to HMS Sterlet, and her crew, for further research, start by clicking on here.
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