Medals of a WWII navy commander who survived his ship's sinking have sold for almost £20,000.

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The medals of a World War Two navy commander who survived his ship's sinking by clinging to a comrade's dead body have sold for almost £20,000.<br />
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Commander Charles Cuthbertson was in charge of the HMS Zinnia when it was destroyed by a German U-Boat in the north Atlantic in 1941, sinking in 20 seconds.<br />
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He grabbed hold of the trunk of a dead seaman in the water in a desperate bid to stay afloat, holding on for 30 minutes before being fished out of the sea by a passing dinghy.<br />
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Cmdr Cuthbertson's tale of survival inspired Nicholas Monsarrat to write his best-selling novel 'The Cruel Sea', which was subsequently made into a 1953 film starring Jack Hawkins and Stanley Baker.