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b. 06/02/1903 Ely, Cambridgeshire. d. 06/05/1976 March, Cambridgeshire.

 

DATE AND PLACE OF GC ACTION: 02/06/1944 Soham, Cambridgeshire.

 

He was 41 years old and working for the London & North Eastern Railway when his and James Nightall GC's ammunition train was just entering Soham station. As they approached the station, Gimbert noticed the wagon behind the engine was on fire. He made Nightall aware of it and stopped the train, but by the time it had come to rest the wagon was enveloped in flames. Gimbert instructed Nightall to uncouple the rest of the train. Without hesitation, he uncoupled the wagon, knowing full well it contained explosives, and then rejoined the driver on the footplate. The blazing wagon was close to the station building and Gimbert realised it was essential to move it into the open to set the engine in motion. As he approached the signal box he shouted to signalman to stop any trains that were due and indicated what he intended to do. At that moment the bombs in the burning wagon exploded and a massive crater some 20ft deep and 60ft wide was blown in the middle of the railway and all the station buildings were destroyed. As many as 600 buildings in Soham was damaged. Nightall was killed outright and Gimbert was severely injured, later having 32 pieces of metal removed from his body. The signalman, Frank Bridges died later from his injuries,but the train's guard, Herbert Clarke, survived, although he was badly shaken.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: MARCH MUSEUM, MARCH, CAMBRIDGESHIRE.

BURIAL PLACE: EASTWOOD CEMETERY, MARCH, CAMBRIDGESHIRE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benjamin Gimbert GC

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Gimbert's medals courtesy of the March Museum, Cambridgeshire.

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