Personal info

  • Name: Robert Selby ARMITAGE
  • D.O.B: 28th March, 1905
  • D.O.A: 31st October, 1940
  • Award: George Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Temporary Lieutenant, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

London and South-East England September-October 1940

September-October 1940

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The Second World War 1939 - 40 

Temporary Lieutenant R S Armitage and Temporary Sub-Lieutenant R V Moore distinguished themselves by bomb disposal work in, respectively, South-East England and the London area during September and October 1940. Among the mines Armitage defused was one hanging from a tree at Orpington, Kent. When during the bombing of Chatham Dockyard in September 1940 an unexploded mine lodged itself 16 feet below ground, Temporary Sub Lieutenant J H Babington volunteered to deal with it. The bomb had an anti-handling device of a type of which the British had little knowledge and which had already killed a bomb disposal officer. Babington successfully defused the mine.

Citation

 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 Robert Selby Armitage, R N V R Temporary Sub-Lieutenant (Sp) Richard Valentine Moore, R N V R Probationary Temporary Sub-Lieutenant (Sp) John Herbert Babington, R N V R 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 27 December 1940. 27 December 1940, Numb. 35025, p. 7279

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