William Pillar and his crew rescued 71 sailors, but more than 500 perished
A Blue Plaque has been unveiled in a Devon fishing port to commemorate a dramatic rescue at sea during WWI.
On 1 January 1915, the crew of the Brixham trawler Provident saved 71 sailors from HMS Formidable after she was torpedoed by a German U-boat.
The Brixham skipper was William Pillar, who sailed with William Carter, John Clarke and Dan Taylor.
The crew was presented with the Albert Medal for gallantry by King George V at Buckingham Palace.
Despite Provident's efforts, more than 500 of HMS Formidable's sailors lost their lives.
The English Heritage blue plaque is a permanent sign installed in a public place to serve as a historical marker and commemorate a link between the location and a famous person or event.