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Jenkin Robert Oswald Thompson
Birth: Jul. 13, 1911
Death: Jan. 24, 1944

Recipient of The George Cross Medal of Honour for Civiian Bravery. Thompson was awarded his medal posthumously for bravery from May 1940 to January 1944, while serving as a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps on board the HM Hospital Carriers Paris and Dunkirk in Sicily and Anzio, Italy. Captain Thompson spent most of the Second World War aboard Hospital Carriers. He was awarded the George Cross posthumously for his conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty since the beginning of the war - particularly in HM Hospital Carrier Paris at Dunkirk in May 1940; in the St. David at Sicily from 10th to 14th July 1943; at Salerno from 10th to 15th September 1943 and at Anzio during 23rd/24th January 1944. On all these occasions, despite repeated dive-bombing attacks and enemy shell-fire, he showed indifference to danger and physical exhaustion in the care of his patients. On the night of 24th January 1944 at Anzio he displayed outstanding heroism when HM Hospital Carrier St. David was sinking rapidly as the result of a direct hit from a hostile dive-bombing attack. Captain Thompson organised parties to carry the seriously wounded to safety in the boats and by his courage and coolness was instrumental in saving the lives of all the patients in his ward, except one, as well as those of many walking cases from other wards. Finally, when the ship was about to founder and all were ordered to save themselves, he himself did nothing of the sort, but returned alone to almost certain death in an endeavour to save the one remaining patient who was still lying trapped below decks. He could not save this man, so he remained with him and they went down with the ship together. His citation reads-"The King has been graciously pleased 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:-Captain Jenkin Robert Oswald Thompson (115213), Royal Army Medical Corps (Claygate, Surrey)." (bio by: K) 
 
Burial:
Body lost at sea
 
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Record added: Mar 06, 2004
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Jenkin Robert Oswald Thompson
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