Paul D. Alderton

Paul D. Alderton (Fleur de Lys 1941) was born in 1924 and entered Hurst in 1938. In 1943 he was mobilized as an ordinary seaman and posted to HMS Collingwood, The Royal Naval Training Establishment. After several postings and in the rank of Temporary Sub Lieutenant, he served as Assistant Beachmaster on Sword Beach in the D-Day landings. He was awarded the DSC for “Gallantry, skill, determination and undaunted devotion to duty shown during the landings on the coast of Normandy.” After the war he moved to Hong Kong with a London company and married in 1952. By 1970 he had a family of four and a wide circle of friends, but only after his death was the citation for his award found among his papers. He died quite suddenly of cancer following a small operation. Here indeed was a quiet hero.

Further info on his service record can be found here.

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