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  • Name: Henry George BLOGG
  • D.O.B: 6th Feb, 1876
  • D.O.A: 9th Jan, 1917
  • D.O.D: 17th Jun, 1954
  • Award: Empire Gallantry Medal translated to George Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Coxswain, Cromer Lifeboat, Royal National Lifeboat Institution
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Off Cromer, Norfolk 9 January 1917

9 January 1917

On 9 January 1917 off the Norfolk coast near Cromer a Swedish ship, the SS Fernebö, was blown in half by an explosion in its boiler. Only six of its crew managed to reach the shore. Despite being exhausted by their previous rescue of the Greek ship Pyrin, the crew of the Cromer lifeboat, led by their Coxswain H G Blogg, made three attempts during the course of the day to reach the vessel. The third attempt was successful and the eleven remaining crew members were rescued. In 1924, to mark the Centenary of the RNLI, all eight surviving holders of the RNLI Gold Medal were awarded the British Empire Medal for Gallantry, commonly known as the Empire Gallantry Medal, in the Birthday Honours List. As well as Blogg, only Reverend J M O’Shea, Major H E Burton and W G Fleming lived long enough to convert their EGM to the GC.


 The KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the Award of the Medal of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire to the undermentioned (to be dated the 30th June, 1924):– For Gallantry. Captain Thomas Gerald Fitzgibbon McCombie. The Reverend John Michael O’Shea. Major Herbert Edgar Burton, O.B.E., Royal Engineers. Robert Smith. Henry George Blogg. John Howells. William George Fleming. John Thompson Swan. 

The London Gazette of 4 July 1924, Numb. 32953, p. 5157

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