03 November 2013

George Cross: J. Hendry


Corporal, 1 Tunnelling Company, Royal Canadian Engineers

Born: 20 December 1911, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Died: 13 June 1941

Citation: The KING has been graciously pleased, on the advice of Canadian Ministers, to approve the posthumous award of the GEORGE CROSS, in recognition of most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner, to: —
B.28593 Corporal James Hendry, The Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers

[London Gazette issue 35962 dated 2 Apr 1943, published 30 Mar 1943.]

Note: No 1 Tunnelling Company was digging a tunnel between Loch Spey and Loch Laggan, to supply water to the British Aluminium works at Fort William, when a fire broke out in a explosive store near Loch Laggan. Cpl Hendry ordered his mates to run to safety and attempted to extinguish the blaze, but was killed in the ensuing explosion.

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