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Harold Reginald Newgass
Birth: Aug. 3, 1896
Death: Nov. 17, 1984

Recipient of The George Cross Medal of Honour for Civilian Bravery. Newgass served in the Territorial Army with the Royal Artillery from 1918 to 1924. He was awarded his medal for bravery at the Gaston Gas Works in Liverpool, England, on November 28, 1940, while serving as a Temporary Lieutenant with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in bomb disposals. On 28th November 1940 a German mine fell in Garston Gas Works, Liverpool and paralysed industry over a large area. The mine had fallen through the top of a large gasometer and the parachute had become entangled in the hole in the roof. The hole torn by the mine had allowed some of the gas to escape and the roof to sink, until the mine rested on the floor nearly upright, nose down in some seven feet of foul, oily water, and leaning against one of the brick pillars six feet high, on which the iron pillars supporting the roof were based. The bomb fuse was against the pillar and in order to get to it the mine had to be turned. Lieutenant Newgass who dealt with this assignment, one of the most dangerous ever undertaken, tackled the job entirely on his own. He could only breathe at all with oxygen supplied in cylinders, six of which he used during the operation. On the first cylinder he did his inspection and made his plan. On the second he took down his tools and a ladder. On the third he put sandbags round the nose of the mine, climbed to the top of a brick pillar and lashed the top of the mine to the iron roof support. On the fourth he turned the mine, removed the bomb fuse and unit primer and detonater. On the fifth he turned the mine again and undid the clock keep ring and on the last cylinder he withdrew the clock - and the mine was safe. 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:-Temporary Lieutenant Harold Reginald Newgass, R.N.V.R." (bio by: K) 
 
Burial:
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
 
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Record added: Mar 06, 2004
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Harold Reginald Newgass
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