b. 06/02/1911 Tai Chow Foo, China. d. 25/03/1992 West Oxfordshire.
DATE AND PLACE OF GC ACTION: Autumn 1940 Chatham Docks, Kent.
He was 29 years old and serving in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve when he volunteered to deal with a very dangerous bomb that was believed to be fitted with an anti-withdrawal device. He was lowered into a 16ft pit where he tied a line to the head of the fuse; under tension, however, the line broke. He again went down into the pit. In all he had to make 3 attempts to remove the fuse before finally directing the lifting of the bomb, which was then taken away. As a result of his action much new information was learnt about this type of bomb.
LOCATION OF MEDAL:ON LOAN TO IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON.
BURIAL PLACE: OXFORD CREMATORIUM, OXFORD.
John Herbert Babington's medals including his GC and OBE on display at the Lord Ashcroft Gallery, Imperial War Museum, London (December 2014)