CLAREMONT MAN GETS
Sub - Lieutenant Harold Edwin Harper, son of Canon H. Harper, formerly rector of Christ Church, Claremont, has been awarded the Distin guished Service Cross for his part in a midget submarine attack.
As a member of the crew of the submarine XEI, he took part in the attack on the Japanese ship Takao as she lay off Singa pore in Johore Straits. At the same time, submarine XE3 was attacking a Japanese heavy cruiser nearby. This latter exploit earned two members of XE3's crew the Victoria Cross. Sub-Lieutenant Harper was educat ed at Christ Church Grammar School, Claremont. He left for England four years be fore the commencement of World War II, enlisted as a member of the Royal Navy when the war began. He hopes to return to Western Aus tralia soon. DFC For Flier For displaying the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty, Fly ing Officer Errol Preston Andrews, of 33 Circe Circle, Nedlands, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
He completed 35 operational sorties with day light bombing Lancaster air craft, is modest about his experi ences, but men tions an occasion when the aircraft in which he was operating had its hydraulics shot away, and wheels had to be lower ed by alternately
diving and pulling-up the aircraft. Educated at Perth Modern School, he trained as a bomb-aimer in Wes tern Australia and the Eastern States, has been demobilised since October, and intends resuming his trade as a builder early in the new year.
SUB-LIEUTENANT HARPER . . . distinguished service