THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
HEWITT John Graham
Commander, Royal Navy

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted
For courage and resource in operations on the Norwegian Coast. HMS Auckland was one of four sloops which took part in operation Primrose and carried 15 Officers and 180 Royal Marines from Rosyth to Aandelsnes and Aalsund (18-19 April 1940).  In defence against frequent air attack during this operation one enemy aircraft was certainly shot down and several more claimed.  Auckland returned to Aandelsnes and the Norwegian Coast between 29 April and 3 May (1940) and was again almost continuously under air attack, finally evacuating the rear guard from Aandelsnes.  It fell to the lot Auckland to bring the first troops to this area and to evacuate the last.  The continued efficiency and the high morale maintained by officers and ship’s company of Auckland during the whole period during which it is estimated that approximately 400 bombs fell near the ship, is a tribute to the leadership of the commanding officer

AWARDS
Distinguished Service order
1939-45 Star
Atlantic Star
Pacific Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
       Mention in Despatches (2)
War Cross with Swords (Norway)

NOTES
Born 15 October 1902, Greymouth, NZ
Died after 1980, Surrey, England