06 October 2013

George Cross: R. J. H. Ryan and R. V. Ellingworth


Lieutenant-Commander, Royal Navy; HMS Vernon

Born: ca 1903
Died: 21 September 1940, Dagenham, Essex


Chief Petty Officer, Royal Navy; HMS Vernon

Born: ca 1898
Died: 21 September 1940, Dagenham, Essex

Joint Citation: The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the posthumous award of the GEORGE CROSS, for great gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty, to :
Lieutenant-Commander Richard John Hammersley Ryan, Royal Navy.
Chief Petty Officer Reginald Vincent Ellingworth, P/J.26011.

[London Gazette issue 35018 dated 20 Dec 1940, published 17 Dec 1940.]

Note: Lt-Cdr Ryan and CPO Ellingworth were part of the Rendering Mines Safe team at HMSVernon (a stone frigate located at Portsmouth, Hampshire). They were attempting to defuse a parachute mine which had fallen onto a warehouse in Dagenham when it exploded, killing them both.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Dear Old Coot,
I am CPO RV Ellingworths grandson. There is a continuous incorrect comment regarding the location of the event resulting in his death and that of Lt Cmdr Ryan. The location was not a warehouse but the mine was hanging from the eaves of a house in Oval Road, Dagenham. I have considerable first hand info if you would like it to add to your blog. My e-mail address is t_ellingworth@hotmail.com