Help in finding info on a war grave

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  1. Can anyone help me find info on the RNVR Officer mentioned below, the churchyard is a couple of miles from my house and I want to look at laying a wreath and tidying up the grave. Cant find any info on this Officer but he does have the DSC so that might help.

    Name: THORBURN, MICHAEL VITALE
    Initials: M V
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Lieut-Commander
    Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: H.M.S. Bulldog.
    Age: 37
    Date of Death: 03/04/1946
    Awards: D S C, V D
    Additional information: Son of Adam Brown Thorburn and Dorothy Mary Beatrice Thorburn, of Higham; husband of Marguerite Helen Thorburn, of Edinburgh.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: West of church.
    Cemetery: HIGHAM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD
     
  2. A good source of information may be the Veterans Agency:

    LINK

    However, consent from any NOK is required and information is limited:

     
  3. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    1. Commonwealth War Graves website?

    2. London Gazette on-line for possible citation for his DSC
     
  4. If he was awarded the DSC then The London Gazette would have reported the details, you would however need to know when the award was gazetted.

    The National Archive at kew may be able to help - they certainly hold medal records for WW1, I'm not sure aboutlater awards. It would be worth asking them - http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ Ther eis a lot of information available on line via the web site.

    You could also try contacting The National Maritime Museum at Greenwich and maybe the Naval Historical Branch in the MOD.
     

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