For services in the action against the Graf Spee in December,
1939, the King has awarded the D.S.C. to Surgeon Lieutenant
COLIN GRAEME HUNTER, R.N. (H.M.S. Achilles), "who was very
junior for the responsible duty of principal medical officer.
He is a New Zealander. He had gained the confidence of the
ship's company and won their esteem and affection, and so
contributed much to the contentment of the lower deck.
During the action his first-aid organization worked very well,
and he showed good judgment in dealing* with the seriously
Colin was a neighbour of mine in Cornwall and unofficially adopted me at a time that I was wild beyond belief. He had a great influence on me and I am a better person for having had him as a friend and mentor.
He told me that he had been in the Falklands after the battle and when I asked him what it was like he grinned and said he had been too busy picking pieces of the gun direction tower out of the arse of a Royal Marine Sergeant to do much sight-seeing.