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Main War Memorial


Naval Memorial.

Colin Grazier
1920 - 1942

"This memorial is dedicated to Able Seaman Colin Grazier of Two Gates, Tamworth, who gave his life recovering vital Enigma codes from a sinking German U-boat.

His extraordinary bravery, together with that of Lt. Tony Fasson and Tommy Brown (all of HMS Petard) changed the course of WWII, saving countless lives worldwide.

While undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest war heroes, Grazier was also one of the least known. Details of his actions remained secret for decades, depriving him of the true recognition he so richly deserved.

This tribute was erected in the Year 2002 following a campaign in the Tamworth Herald, which attracted worldwide interest.

It was made possible with the support of local ex-service and civic organisations.

Erected in memory of all Tamworth people who died for their country."

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission site records the following--

The citation in the London Gazette for 14th September, 1943, reads:

 "Awarded the George Cross for most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner."

 Lt. Fasson together with Able Seaman Colin Grazier, R.N., both boarded a sinking submarine following action by H.M.S. Petard. The crew of the submarine surrendered and survivors were taken off. In total darkness Fasson and Grazier entered the sinking submarine to capture instruments and documentation fully aware of the dangers. They continued to hand over documents and equipment until suddenly the vessel sank like a stone without warning and took both to their deaths .

 Both were posthumously awarded the George Cross.