Casualty of WWII, Captain [Acting] Blaney, GC served as a bomb defuser with the Royal Engineers ~ Service No:119978.
He had successfully defused several bombs on 18 September and 20 October. He was 30 and the son of Charles and Alyce C. Blaney of Newry.
A road in the Borough of East Ham was named after him - Blaney Crescent.
Decorations: G C [George Cross]
Academic Qualifications: B.E. (National University of Ireland).
[Deaths Dec 1940 Blaney Michael M 29 E.Ham 4a 197 ]
The following details are given in the London Gazette of April 15th, 1941:
"The King has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the George Cross, for most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner."
On 5th December 1940 an unexploded bomb had fallen in premises at 590 Romford Road, Manor Park, London. This was causing a serious disruption to traffic movements and on 13th December Capt. Blaney attempted to remove the fuse, alone, the way he always insisted upon working. He crawled into the crater and tackled it whereupon the bomb exploded and Capt. Blaney lost his life.
Other fatal casualties of this incident were:
Lieutenant Richard James
Driver John Lauchlan
Sapper Joseph Thomas Maycock
Sapper Edward McLaren
Lance Corporal Douglas Mills
Driver John Charles Pickering
Staff Sergeant Charles Roberts
Sapper Stanley Victor White
Henry Ernest James Lane Metropolitan Police Inspector [civilian]
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