HC Deb 28 February 1940 vol 357 cc2049-50
26. Mr. Thorne

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he has any information in connection with the wireless operator, Mr. P. G. Winsor, who was on the "Sultan Star" that was torpedoed?

Mr. Shakespeare

From the account sent by the master of steamship "Sultan Star," it is clear that the wireless operator, Mr. P. G. Winsor, behaved with great bravery after the ship had been torpedoed. He refused to leave the vessel until he had obtained an answer to his signals, and consequently he went down with the ship. By great good fortune he was able to swim clear, and he was picked up after about 20 minutes. He received immediate medical attention on board one of our warships, and although he was extremely exhausted, I am glad to say that he survived.

Mr. Thorne

Will there be any recognition of this very gallant action?

Mr. Shakespeare

There is an authority which deals with exhibitions of gallantry like this.