Robert Dodds served during the First World War in France and Flanders with the Royal Engineers Signal Service, earning a Distinguished Conduct medal and Military Medal. Commissioned in 1918, he then added an Military Cross to his list of decorations in North Russia in 1919. He served with Royal Signals during the Second World War, earning an MBE for his conduct during the withdrawal from Tobruk to El Alamein.
Read his story on the website of my Royal Signals gallantry awards project:
Major R N Dodds MBE, MC, DCM, MM
The Royal Signals Gallantry awards centennial project now has a Facebook page:
The project website is here.
On 1 October 1942, the SS Lisbon Maru, a Japanese freighter transporting prisoners of war from Hong Kong to Japan, was sunk by the submarine USS Grouper.
Fifty Royal Signals soldiers died. This is their story and that of the most gallant Signalman Arnold Topliff.
SS Lisbon Maru
We Shall Suffer There by Tony Banham
I must acknowledge the help given by Tony Banham in the preparation of this story. His three books on the Battle for Hong Kong, the sinking of the SS Lisbon Maru, and the fate of the prisoners of war are masterly and highly recommended.
See Hong Kong War Diary.
The Corps of Signals was established by Royal Warrant on 28 June 1920.
Six weeks later, the title ‘Royal Corps of Signals’ was conferred by King George V.
From its earliest days soldiers of the Royal Corps of Signals were engaged in operations across the Empire, most notably in Mesopotamia and on the North West Frontier, and they were duly recognised for their gallantry and valuable service. The majority of awards were made during the course of the Second World War but since then the officers and soldiers of the Corps have been decorated for their gallantry in most of the conflicts in which the British Army has been engaged. Continue reading