Anthony Cecil Capel Miers VC

Name: Anthony Cecil Capel Miers

Conflict: Second World War

Gazetted: July 7, 1942

Service: Royal Navy

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Anthony Cecil Capel Miers VC
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Place/date of birth: Birchwood, Inverness, Scotland/November 11, 1906

Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Commander (later Rear Admiral and Sir)

Date of bravery: March 4, 1942

London Gazette citation:

Commander Anthony Cecil Capers Miers, D.S.O., Royal Navy.

For valour in command of H.M. Submarine Torbay in a daring and successful raid on shipping in a defended enemy harbour, planned with full knowledge of the great hazards to be expected during seventeen hours in waters closely patrolled by the enemy. On arriving in the harbour he had to charge his batteries lying on the surface in full moonlight, under the guns of the enemy. As he could not see his target he waited several hours and attacked in full daylight in a glassy calm. When he had fired his torpedoes he was heavily counter-attacked and had to withdraw through a long channel with anti-submarine craft all round and continuous air patrols overhead.

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Other decorations: KBE, CB, DSO & Bar

Place/date of death: Inverness, Invernessshire/June 30, 1985

Grave/memorials: Tomnahurich Cemetery, Inverness, Invernessshire

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased privately, 2009

Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum