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Colin Grazier

Able Seaman Colin Grazier was one of three British servicemen whose brave actions shortened the Second World War by as much as two years. Until recently this bravery remained virtually unknown and uncelebrated.

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Colin was serving on HMS Petard when in October 1942, he and fellow seaman Lt Anthony Fasson lost their lives retrieving vital German codebooks from a sinking U-boat. The third sailor, Tommy Brown, survived the war, only to die in a house fire while still a teenager.

It was the precious documents they seized which enabled Bletchley Park’s code breakers to crack the Enigma codes and so win the Battle of the Atlantic. Now recognised as a pivotal moment in world history, the mission was cloaked in secrecy for decades and not even their families could be told they had paved the way for peace.

Colin Grazier was born in Tamworth and married only days before he left to go to sea on the mission in which he lost his life.

Colin Grazier Memorial erected in St Editha’s square in front of St. Editha’s church in Church Street in 2002.