Bennie, Bernard Joseph GM


War Service:

Bernard Bennie, was awarded the George Medal for his actions in an incident which occurred on the night of Friday 6 September 1940 in Engleheart Road, Catford while he was serving as Leader of the Lewisham A.R.P. Rescue Party.

The citation for the award appeared in the London Gazette of 31 December 1940. It reads :

"Leader Bennie and his party were called out to an incident. Houses had been demolished by an H.E. bomb, and eight persons reported trapped. During the exploration of the ruins
Leader Bennie received a severe electric shock, but got together his party and commenced rescue work. A heavy concentration of coal gas was 'present, and soon Bennie was incapacitated.
He was dragged out of the debris. After a short time the revived and again resumed his rescue work, until four persons were 'recovered alive. As it was known that four persons yet remained under the debris, the search continued, Bennie again being gassed and dragged out. During this time enemy planes were bombing and antiaircraft fire was intense. He showed a great spirit of determination and devotion to duty and was a fine example. A relief party ultimately recovered the remaining casualties".



London Gazette
Red Alert - SE London 1939-1945 by Lewis Blake

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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