Bernard Augustus Beavis was a Captain with the Clan Line Shipping Company, plying between England and the rest of the world. He was born in Whitwell in 1908, the son of Frank & Edith Beavis (nee Slaughter), one of twelve children and spent most of his life at sea, with the latter years as Master of his ship. He saw service in WWII as Chief Officer on board M.V. Anglo Canadian in 1942 in the Vizagapatam Roads in the Bay of Bengal, India, when the vessel was attacked by Japanese torepedo bomber aircraft for over two hours, eventually succumbing to a direct hit and set on fire. He was awarded the MBE for Bravery at Sea as a result of his actions when under fire.
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