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b. 09/1910 Stanford Dingley, Berkshire.  d. 10/09/1937 Greece.

 

DATE OF EM ACTION: 02-05/05/1936 Addis Ababa, Abyssinia (now Ethiopia).

 

Adrian was the only child of Albert Henry William and Irene Trapman (nee Maggiolini Di Mombercelli). His mother was Italian, and he grew up living in Berkshire. His parents eventually moved to Italy, where his father died in 1932. Following the award of the EGM, Adrian gained a new posting in Greece. He died in a motorcycling accident on 10th September 1937 aged 27.

 

EGM CITATION:

 

Mr.  Trapman  played  a  prominent  part  in the  incidents  at  Addis  Ababa  early  in  May following   upon   the   flight   of  the   Emperor, and   was   particularly    concerned   with   the rescue  of  persons  from  the  city,  which  was in   the   hands   of   a   disorderly   and   uncontrolled  mob.    On  the  2nd,  3rd,  4th  and  5th May,  1936,  he  took  part  as  a  volunteer  in repeated   expeditions  to   rescue  British   and foreign  men,  women  and  children  from   the town  and  to  bring  them  in  to  the  safety of the   British   Legation.    Each   expedition  involved  a  drive  of  some  ten  miles  in  an  open lorry  exposed  to-dangerous rifle fire from  the rioters,   many  'of  "whom  made  a practice  of discharging  their  firearms  at  every passing   vehicle.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.

LOCATION OF MEDAL: PRIVATELY HELD. SOLD AT DNW IN 2011 FOR £9,500.

 

 

 

Adrian Sidney Gilbert

Reginald Trapman EGM

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