Despatches

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LONGEST-RANGE RAID MEDALS SOLD

The Military Medal group awarded to a Welsh medic who was the sole surviving British member of Operation Jaywick doubled its lowest estimate

On September 2, 1943, 14 men left Exmouth, Australia at the start of a 4,000-mile trip – the longest-range surface waterborne raid of World War Two. Wearing no uniform and flying Japanese flags, capture would mean certain death.

One of those on board was Welshman Ronald Morris. Born in Pentre on December 25, 1918, Morris joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1938. Recruited by the Special Operations Executive’s Orient Mission in 1940, he arrived in Singapore in April 1941. In February 1942, he, Captain Ivan Lyon, and other operatives established a staging post on Pulau Durian, an island between Singapore and Sumatra. They supported the exodus of injured from Singapore and, working without anaesthetic, saved hundreds of lives.

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