Distinguished Service Medal & DSM

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  • OMD 3206
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HMS Belfast
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  • full name: Distinguished Service Medal & DSM
  • simple name: decoration, British
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(RMB 2631) Bandmaster 1st Class D Z Colls DSM Royal Marines (1900 - 23 Feb 1964) Douglas Zenas Colls, who came from Birmingham, educated at Watts Naval Orphanage, enlisted in the Royal Marines as a musician in 1917, was promoted Band Corporal in 1928; Bandmaster 2nd Class 1932, Bandmaster 1st Class 1936. In 1940, he was discharged to pension and retained. Following service in HMS Argus and at the Royal Naval School of Music, Scarborough, he was drafted, in 1943, as Bandmaster 1st Class to the heavy cruiser HMS Belfast. Colls was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (London Gazette 7 March 1944) for gallantry, distinguished service and devotion to duty during the action where he served beside Belfast's Fire Control Table, at the Battle of North Cape, in which the Scharnhorst was engaged and sunk. The Scharnhorst was sunk at 1945 hours on 26 December 1943. During a long career in the Royal Marines, Colls served in various HM Ships and Shore Establishments amongst which were HERCULES, CLEOPATRA, RAMILLIES, BARHAM, FURIOUS, CULCUTTA, NEPTUNE, St. VINCENT, ARGUS and BELFAST. The IWM holds Colls's medals, including his DSM and Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. (Ref: OMD 3206-3215). Douglas Colls died in 1964.

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medal and ribbon (SEE) OMD 201

Impressed (on rim)


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