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ALBERT EDWARD LUTTMAN, FIREMAN, MERCHANT NAVY: HMS.'RAWALPINDI'
1939/45 Star; Atlantic Star; War Medal 1939-45 (all unnamed as issued) : contained in official box of issue addressed to recipient's widow "Mrs.Florence Luttman, 20 Clifton Road, Newhaven, Sussex." : (ALBERT EDWARD LUTTMAN - born around 1904 in Manchester, Lancashire: Married FLORENCE BEATRICE EDITH GRANGE on 19 April 1924 at St Michael's Parish Church, Hulme, Manchester, both being resident in the Hulme area: Served as R.141181 Fireman, with Royal Navy Auxiliary, Merchant Navy in HMS.'Rawalpindi', a converted P.& O. Steam Navigation Company, passenger liner requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted for use as an Armed Merchant Cruiser: On 23 November 1939, 'Rawalpindi' under the command of Captain EDWARD COVERLEY KENNEDY, was patrolling north of the Faroe Islands and investigated a possible sighting of enemy vessels only to discover that he had encountered two of the most powerful German warships, the Battlecruisers 'Scharnhorst' and 'Gneisenau', which were attempting to break out into the Atlantic through the Giuk Gap. Kennedy was able to signal the position of the German ships and despite being hopelessly outgunned, decided tio fight rather than surrender as demanded by the Germans.The German warships returned fire with devastating effect and 'Rawalpindi' was sunk after forty minutes. Two hundred and thirty eight men,including Captain Kennedy were killed in 'Rawalpindi'. Thirty seven men were rescued by the German ships and a further eleven men were picked up by HMS.'Chitral': Because of this engagement the German attempt to break out to the Atlantic was foiled and 'Scharnhorst' and 'Gneisenau' were forced to return to their base to avoid interception by the British Home Fleet. (Captain Kennedy, was posthumously Mentioned in Despatches for this action and his decision to fight against overwhelming odds entered the folklore of the Royal Navy. He was the father of the famous author and broadcaster Sir LUDOVIC KENNEDY) : The recipient was killed in this action, he has no known grave and is commemorated on Liverpool Naval Memorial. The only other man named LUTTMAN shown as died in World War Two in Commonwealth War Graves Commission records is, Charles Henry Luttman who was the son of Charles Henry and Beatrice Luttman, just 18 years of age and unmarried at the date of his death.) : Sold with verification, copy Matrimonial Certificate and Death Certificate : One of the most famous naval engagements of World War Two: Medals as Minted - £275