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George Cross

Civil Defence Volunteers - Roll of Honour 2/3

Dr Arthur MERRIMAN, Ministry of Supply

“For conspicuous bravery in connection with bomb disposal.”

In 1940 he undertook bomb disposal duties in the Directorate of Scientific Research.

Warden Leonard MILES, ARP

“Warden Miles showed magnificent courage and devotion to duty.”

He left the safety of his own shelter to warn others of the danger of an unexploded bomb in Ilford, Essex in September 1940.

Rt Hon. Charles HOWARD, Ministry of Supply
(The Earl of Suffolk & Berkshire)

“For conspicuous bravery”

Working as a Research Officer in Bomb disposal, he undertook valuable work in recording new detail on German bombs. Sadly he lost his life studying a bomb in Erith Marshes, Kent in May 1941.

Station Officer William MOSEDALE, Birmingham Fire Brigade

“In effecting the rescues he repeatedly risked his own life.”

Rescued firemen from a Bomb damaged fire station in Birmingham, December 1940.

Mr Anthony SMITH, Civil Defence Heavy Rescue Service

“Smith displayed outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty in conditions of the utmost danger and difficulty.”

In February 1944, he was involved in two separate rescues in bomb damaged houses in Chelsea, London.