Biography

Birth date: 16 September 1920
Birth place: United Kingdom: Wales, Denbighshire, Llangollen
Death date: 10 February 1964
Death place: Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Jervis Bay
Final rank: Chief Petty Officer
Conflict: Period 1960-1969
Unit: HMAS Voyager

Jonathan 'Buck' Rogers (1920-1964) was born in Britain and received the Distinguished Service Medal serving in the Royal Navy; afterwards he joined the RAN. He died in the collision of the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne and the destroyer HMAS Voyager. Rogers was posthumously awarded the George Cross 'for organising the escape of as many as possible and encouraging ... those few who could not escape ... to meet death alongside himself with dignity and honour'.

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : George Cross

  • Unit: HMAS Voyager
  • Conflict: Period 1960-1969

Collection Items

Photograph

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Portrait of Chief Petty Officer J Rogers GC DSM, who was posthumously awarded the George Cross in recognition of his outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty in saving life at sea when HMAS Voyager was sunk after collision with HMAS Melbourne, on the night of 1964-02-10. His DSM was awarded for...

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Heraldry

George Cross : Chief Petty Officer J Rogers, HMAS Voyager

George Cross. Engraved reverse with recipient's details.

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Distinguished Service Medal : Petty Officer J Rogers, Motor Torpedo Boat 698, Royal Navy

Distinguished Service Medal (Geo VI). Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

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1939-45 Star : Petty Officer J Rogers, Royal Navy

1939-45 Star. Impressed reverse with recipient's details. Note that the medal is either a post-war Australian re-issue or that the recipient had his original medal named in Australia. British campaign and service medals for the Second World War were issued unnamed.

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Atlantic Star : Petty Officer J Rogers, Royal Navy

Atlantic Star. Impressed reverse with recipient's details. Note that the medal is either a post-war Australian re-issue or that the recipient had his original medal named in Australia. British campaign and service medals for the Second World War were issued unnamed. France and Germany clasp.

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Italy Star : Petty Officer J Rogers, Royal Navy

Italy Star. Impressed reverse with recipient's details. Note that the medal is either a post-war Australian re-issue or that the recipient had his original medal named in Australia. British campaign and service medals for the Second World War were issued unnamed.

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Korea Medal : Petty Officer J Rogers, Royal Australian Navy

Korea Medal. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

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United Nations Service Medal for Korea : Petty Officer J Rogers, Royal Australian Navy

United Nations Service Medal for Korea. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

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Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal : Chief Petty Officer J Rogers, Royal Australian Navy

Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (EIIR). Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

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Timeline

Date of birth 1920-09-16
Date of honour or award 1944 Distinguished Service Medal.
Date of death 1964-02-10
Date of honour or award 1965-03-19 George Cross.