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Lieutenant Robert Davies (October 3 1900September 27 1975) distinguished himself during the Second World War with the Royal Engineers and was awarded the George Cross (GC) for the heroism he displayed in defusing a bomb which threatened to destroy St Paul's Cathedralmarker on September 12 1940..

Davies was born in Newlynmarker, Cornwallmarker, the son of John Sampson Davies of St Erthmarker and Annie Vingoe. The bomb he defused was lodged 30 feet deep in Deans Yard, took several days to dig out, and was finally transported to, and detonated on, Hackney Marshesmarker.

The citation from a supplement to the London Gazette of September 27 1940 (dated September 30 1940) reads:

Sapper George Cameron Wylie was also awarded the GC for his part in the same action.

Sergeant James Wilson and Lance-Corporal Herbert Leigh were awarded the British Empire Medal (for meritorious serivce) (BEM) for their part in the action.

Davies had emigrated to Canadamarker and joined the Canadian Army in 1918. He returned to Cornwall in the 1930s and in 1940 joined the Royal Engineers in which unit he served with bomb-disposal during the Blitz. The Times of the 1 October 1970 reported that his medal had been sold for a then record £2,100. It is now on display at the Imperial War Museummarker.


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George Cameron Wylie

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