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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

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George Campbell Henderson

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b. 1910 ? d. 27/04/1951 Gibraltar.

 

DATE AND PLACE OF GC ACTION: 27/04/1951 Gibraltar.

 

He was 41 years old and serving in the Gibraltar Dockyard Fire Service when ammunition caught fire as it was being unloaded from Naval Armament Vessel Bedenham to a lighter. In spirte of the great heat and intensity of the fire, which, Henderson must have realised, was virtually out of control and could cause a massive explosion at any time, he managed single-handedly to direct a jet of water into the lighter from a position on board the Bedenham, immediately alongside and above the blazing boat. The Bedenham had by this time been abandoned but Henderson remained at his place of duty alone, doing what he could to prevent the ammunition from exploding, although he must have known that his chance of survival was slight. It was a hopeless task and he was killed when the ammunition blew up, destroying the Bedenham and wrecking the quayside.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: PRIVATELY HELD.

BURIAL PLACE: NORTH FRONT CEMETERY, GIBRALTAR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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