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MALLETT, Alfred J.

Small naval archive including original notice board announcement of VJ Day from submarine HM Submarine Terrapin.

1927-1962 Stock Code: 142705
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"All concerned Home & Abroad from Admiralty - Splice the main brace"

Slight and slightly scruffy, this nevertheless remains an evocative assemblage of documents from an extraordinarily long and highly distinguished naval career. Perhaps the "star" item being the two-page "Notice Board Copy", pencil on naval message pad, of the announcement of VJ Day from the submarine Terrapin, which was at that point returning via Suez from a highly successful tour on the Far East station.

Alfred Mallett was born near St. Austell, Cornwall, the son of a gardener, and joined the Royal Navy as a 'Boy' in 1927, an early studio photograph shows him in uniform with his father and ?brother. Some time before WWII he volunteered for submarine service and served aboard submarines throughout the Second World War - Ursula, Una, Tuna and Terrapin - rising to the rank of Coxwain, equivalent to Regimental Sergeant Major of an army unit. Mallett was awarded three Distinguished Service Medals for actions on board submarines, an extraordinary feat, only three men won three DSMs during WWII, one man achieving a unique fourth award. As far as we can ascertain Mallettt was the only recipient of three awards for submarine service. The clippings collection includes newspaper accounts of his exploits and awards, superb signed photograph of Ursula crew on deck up on return. The first he earned with HMS Ursula on a daring raid to the Elbe River in 1939 when she attacked the German cruiser Leipzig, sunk a destroyer; the second with Una in the Med, in actions including the sinking of a large Italian supply ship; the last with Terrapin in the Far East where the ship racked up a remarkable tally, often working on concert with Trenchant another T-class submarine. The archive includes an annotated list of Terrapin's conquests in Mallett's hand. The sub was returning home when VJ Day was declared having been damaged by depth charges in an attack on an escorted tanker. Wonderfully characterful later life portrait of Mallett with medals up "concludes" the sadly scrappy but eloquent archive.

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Collection of the surviving papers of Coxwain Alfred Mallett, including a number of award documents, training notes, original messages, newsclippings, and an appealing group of photographs from all phases of his career, together with his medal ribbons.


Overall fairly poor, message documents with splits, chips creasing and light soiling throughout, the photographs however largely well-preserved.


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