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Malcolm Stuart Kirkwood

Portrait, Lt M S Kirkwood DSC 1918, kindly provided by the Navy Museum (Copyright © Royal New Zealand Navy Museum. Photo number ABX 0112 Lt M S Kirkwood DSC 1918. All enquiries for use: )

Portrait, Lt M S Kirkwood DSC 1918, kindly provided by the Navy Museum (Copyright © Royal New Zealan …


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  • Forenames
    Malcolm Stuart AWMM
  • Surname
    Kirkwood AWMM
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  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
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  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs J.A. Kirkwood, Turama Road, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) AWMM
      DSC (Zeebrugge Operations London Gazette 23 July 1918 p. 8589.). Citation for Lieut. Malcolm Stuart Kirkwood, R.N.V.R. Distinguished Service Cross. Volunteered for rescue work, and showed coolness and courage throughout the operations off Ostend. After his vessel was damaged alongside Brilliant and the engineers gassed, he went down to the engine-room, which was full of fumes, and started the starboard engine, thereby saving the vessel from being either sunk or captured. Shortly afterwards he lost consciousness and was rescued with difficulty AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
      MiD (Gazette 19 February 1919) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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    WW1 6 December 1916 AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Biographical information

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  • Promoted to Lieutenant 6 December 1917

    His regular boat was ML11 and he volunteered for ML532 for the Zeebrugge Ostend Operations (Hamilton Benn in enclosure 69)

    Excerpt from the Naval Memoirs of Sir Roger Keyes. (1934). Ostend 22nd /23rd April 1918. As the block-ships were only a few hundred yards from several powerful batteries, and within machine gun range, and were repeatedly hit, both before and after they grounded, the escape of the crews with only slight casualties was amazing good fortune, and was entirely due to the M.L.'s, which followed in and took them off under a storm of fire. Captain Hamilton Benn in ML532 was the first on the scene, and reported with many regrets, that he had damaged his M.L. so severely by clumsily ramming the Sirius, when he went alongside her, that she was too badly damaged to embark anyone. However, when his M.L. was examined on her return, it was found that the damage she had sustained was due to a German shell, which had burst in her fore compartment, evidently just as she ran alongside. A good many pieces of the shell remained to exonerate Hamilton Benn from the charge of mishandling his ship. His seamanship was indeed as admirable as his gallant spirit.

    Maxwell [1920] provides more details of the Motor Launch ML532

    Named as volunteer crew on ML532 by Hamilton Benn in enclosure 69 Public Records Office ADM137/3894 106073)

    Palmer recruit enlisted at Auckland in 1916 - possible brother - reported as serving in this vessel in September 1918 - DSC recipient AWMM
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