Bravery medal of tragic hero to be sold at auction

Bravery medal of tragic hero to be sold at auction

Bravery medal of tragic hero to be sold at auction

First published in Harwich and Manningtree News

THE bravery medal of a man who drowned in a submarine crash off Harwich is up for sale.

William Moyes was awarded the Royal Humane Society medal in 1915, a year after the outbreak of the First World War.

The courageous serviceman went overboard to save the lives of two Canadian seamen when a steamer sank on the St Lawrence River near Quebec.

But on January 19, 1917 Dartmouth born William died at sea when his submarine, the E-36, collided with the E-43 after both left Harwich to patrol an island in the Netherlands.

James Sadler, manager of Lockdales Auction which will hold the sale of William’s medal on January 25, said: “The story of William Moyes is quite remarkable, and in the end desperately sad."

The medal will go under the hammer with a catalogue guide price of £400-450.

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