ATTWOOD, James Richard Nottage

Display Number:  1704  
Name: Attwood  James Richard Nottage
Rank: Chief Motor Mechanic Service Number:  C/1082 (RNAP), MB1915
Date Joined:  16 October 1916, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Date Discharged:  

James Attwood was a 29 years old motor mechanic when he joined the Royal Naval Auxiliary Patrol in Wellington in 1916. In October of that year he sailed to England on SS WILLOCHRA with the NZEF 18th Reinforcements. Upon reaching England he was posted to the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves and served as a motor mechanic on small craft.

Attwood was awarded a Conspicuous Gallantry Medal and the Croix de Guerre for his courage and conduct during the Zeebrugge-Ostend raids, 22-23 April 1918. During the raids he was one of the ratings who volunteered to take part in the motor launch rescue of the crew from the blockade ships. Attwood was one of only two New Zealanders to be awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal in World War One.

He volunteered for naval service in WWII and served in the Home Guard. He died in Auckland on 22 July 1957.

 

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Medal Description (First three medals only, Left to Right):  
  • Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal
  • War Medal 1939-45
  • New Zealand War Service medal
  • Croix de Guerre with bronze palm
  • For King and Empire Services Rendered badge

Note: The other medals shown were awarded to Thomas Abbott for Life Saving by the Royal Life Saving Society