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Geoffrey Gledhill Turner
Birth: Sep. 10, 1903
Death: Feb. 9, 1959

Recipient of The George Cross Medal of Honour for Civilian Bravery. Turner was awarded his medal for bravery on Great Howard Street in Liverpool, England, on December 21, 1940, while serving as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in the bomb disposal unit. Sub-Lieutenant Turner was called to deal with many unexploded mines in the early months of the Blitz. One fell near the LMS station at Sheffield, putting the station out of action, as it fell with its parachute draped over a railway coach. On 21st December 1940 another fell in the wool factory, Great Howard Street, Liverpool and was partly suspended by its parachute, with its nose on the ground floor and the bomb-fuse hidden. Great care had to be taken in the handling of this mine which weighed nearly a ton. Sub-Lieutenant Turner was successful in removing the fuses of both these mines before they could explode. He had more difficulty with one which fell in Seaforth, about 150 yards from the main Liverpool- Southport line and was almost completely buried in the small yard of a house in Cambridge Street. The mine was badly damaged and it was essential that it should be cleared as soon as possible. Sub-Lieutenant Turner rigged a wire and moved the mine so as to expose the fuse and enable the gag to be fitted. However, the fuse was damaged and only the top half came away, leaving the clockwork and operating mechanism in the mine. He then tried to pick out the remains of the fuse with his fingers. He had almost managed this when the mine's timer mechanism started to operate, and Sub-Lieutenant Turner quickly retreated. When there was no explosion he waited for a few minutes and then returned to the mine, to complete the disposal work, not knowing how much time was left before the mine would explode. As soon as Sub-Lieutenant Turner touched the parts of the mechanism still left in the mine, the timer mechanism started again. Almost at once the mine exploded. Sub-Lieutenant Turner was wounded and severely shocked, but had somehow survived the explosion. His citation reads-"The King has been graciously pleased to approve the Award of the George Cross, for great gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty, to:-Lieutenant Geoffrey Gledhill Turner, R.N.V.R.Sub-Lieutenant Francis Haffey Brooke Smith, R.N.R." (bio by: K) 
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Specifically: Cremated at Cambridge, England
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: K
Record added: Mar 06, 2004
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Geoffrey Gledhill Turner
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