J. PRESCOTT, CGM
49 Squadron Royal Engineers
On the 22nd May, Jim Prescott was one of a two-man team which successfully defused an unexploded bomb on board the badly damaged HMS Argonaut. This action saved the ship which, after repairs, was declared operational again. The next day they worked aboard HMS Antelope on two more unexploded bombs, one of which was in a highly dangerous condition. It blew up while being defused, killing Jim. The ship then caught fire and was abandoned. That night she blew up and sank, just off Ajax Bay.