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  • Name: Leonard Henry HARRISON
  • D.O.B: 6th June, 1906
  • D.O.A: 11th February, 1940
  • D.O.D: 15th July, 1989
  • Award: George Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Civilian Armament Instructor (Grade 1), Air Ministry

Immingham and the Humber River, Lincolnshire 11 February 1940 and June 1940

11 February 1940 and June 1940

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The Second World War 1939 - 40 

On 11 February 1940 the steamship SS Kildare, a grain carrier, arrived at Immingham, North Lincolnshire. While at sea it had been attacked by a German plane. One bomb had exploded in its cargo and another, which had failed to detonate, had lodged in the afterdeck cabin. Civil Armament Instructor L H Harrison and Flight Lieutenant J N Dowland, both from RAF Manby, five miles east of Louth, and another civil instructor, W C Thompson, were sent to deal with it. Harrison and Dowland rendered the bomb harmless. Dowland performed a similar action on a trawler in the Humber in June 1940.

Citation

 for conspicuous courage and devotion to duty in circumstances of exceptional danger. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 31 December 1940. 3 January 1941, Numb. 35030, p. 45

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