THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
WESTMACOTT Herbert Patrick
Lieutenant Commander, Royal Navy

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Lieutenant Westmacott, in command of X24, was in September 1944 detailed to destroy a large floating dock at Bergen, Norway.  X24 was towed from the Shetland Islands to Norwegian waters by the submarine Sceptre, this passage lasted 80 hours and the weather experienced was extremely bad and resulted in Sub-Lieutenant Derek Purdy, RNZNVR being swept overboard and drowned.  This left Lieutenant Westmacott with no other officer and a diver and engineroom artificer as crew.  After slipping the tow and passing through some 30 miles of narrow fiords, X24 arrived at Bergen on 11 September.  Two delay-action charges were placed under the dock and X24 got away unmolested to rejoin the Sceptre that night.  The dock was badly damaged and broken in two by the explosion
(From “NEW ZEALANDERS IN THE ROYAL NAVY”)

Distinguished Service Cross

bar to the Distinguished Service Cross

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
Distinguished Service Cross and bar
1939-45 Star
Atlantic Star
Africa Star
Pacific Star
War Medal 1939-45

NOTES
Born 31 March 1921, Christchurch, New Zealand
Died