Donno, John William GM


War Service:

John William Donno was awarded the George Medal for his actions in an incident which occurred at Ladywell Park on the night of 17 September 1940 while he was serving as a member of the Lewisham A.R.P. Rescue Party. Ladywell Park no longer exists as a road but was approximately on the site now covered by the Ladywell leisure centre.

The citation for the award appeared in the London Gazette of 21 October 1941. It reads :

"After the explosion of an enemy bomb, Donno displayed particularly fine courage and devotion to duty in effecting the rescue of four trapped casualties. Not being satisfied that all had been saved he caused some of the debris to be raised to enable him to crawl in and make a further search; this he did and discovered another casualty which was eventually rescued. During this latter operation Donno was himself trapped and buried, and upon being released was found to be injured and removed to hospital."

Location of Memorial:



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

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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