Brittan, Albert William GM


War Service:

Albert Brittan was awarded the George Medal for his actions on the night of 8 December 1940 in rescuing four people trapped in the wreckage of a house in Pound Park Road, Charlton.

The award was announced in the London Gazette of 22 April 1941.

The citation reads :
" Five persons were trapped by the debris of a collapsed building. Brittan crawled through the wreckage and brought out a baby. He then moved a door
and beams which were obstructing his way, found the mother of the child and carried her out to safety. By crawling and forcing his way further, Brittan rescued one person and recovered the body of another. Whilst doing this the roof of the adjoining house collapsed and almost buried him. With absolute disregard of his own safety he carried on and finally released the last casualty, a man who was pinned down by floor joists. Brittan was under the debris for five hours without relief and displayed initiative, resource, and a high courage. Through his exertions four persons were rescued alive. "

London Gazette
Red Alert : South East London 1939-1945 by Lewis Blake

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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