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MTB 632

Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:14 pm
by suddardsp
I am the daughter of Jack Bowman Sidebottom P/MX502804. He received a DSM I think for helping to extinguish a fire on board. My father died in 1997 but my mother is still alive at 95. I think she has the medal and letters etc regarding the award. I also think she may have a slightly singed pennant! Can anyone out ther give me any information about my father's war exploits?

Re: MTB 632

Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:43 pm
by Admin
Hello suddardsp

Thank you for your post regarding your later father Jack Sidebottom. I don't have precise details of the incident for which your father was awarded the DSM but the London Gazette entry for his citation may be found within the issue for 10th October 1944. The link provided will take you to the citation, and the next page lists his name.

We have an extract from the biography of Ken Forrester available on our site, who served onboard MTB 632, and which you may wish to read, as it will provide you with more insight into the workings of that boat and the flotilla of which it was a part.

Re: MTB 632

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:12 pm
by Mattpageyarm
Hi, my grandfather was a stoker first class on mtb 632 on the 26th of may 1943, he received a DSM when his ship was damaged and the engines began to leak fumes his mates passed out and he carried them to the upper deck then returned to the engine room to keep the gun boilers running and awaited further orders, his name was William wilson service number pkx155257

Looking for anymore info if anyone has any???

Re: MTB 632

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:03 am
by Admin
Hello Mattpageyarm and welcome to the forum.

As it happens we have a good deal of material on the flotilla to which it belonged: the 55th MTB Flotilla, commanded by Lt Cdr Donald Gould Bradford. I was contacted some years back by a family member of the Chief Motor Mechanic of 632, Jack Bowman Sidebottom, who was awarded the DSM for a later incident on the boat (see above), so depending on how long your grandfather served with the boat, Jack Sidebottom may have been in charge of the engine room during his time also. One of the resources supplied by the Sidebottom family was a photograph of the ensign from 632.

I will email you about passing on the resources I have.


Re: MTB 632

Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2021 3:33 pm
by Jspence
Hi Admin...I too am the granddaughter of William W Wilson, stoker. I was wondering if you could send me the info you have please 😃