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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 1912 Sudan. d. 16/02/1987 Omdurman, Sudan.

 

DATE AND PLACE OF GC ACTION: 1931 Khartoum, Sudan.

 

El Imam Yehia (1912-1987) was born in the Sudan in 1912. Sadly, he is another recipient of the George Cross of which very little is known. All that is known is that he joined the Khartoum Police Force and it was in this capacity that he was awarded the Empire Gallantry Medal in 1931.

He was serving in the Khartoum Police Force when he saw a rabid dog attacking a man. He at once tried to kill it with his baton, but was unable to. He then strangled the dog with his bare hands, being severely bitten in the struggle. He saved many from possible infection.

He was gazetted for the EGM on 1st January 1932, and eight years later, in 1940, following the creation of the George Cross, he was automatically entitled to exchange his EGM. Little else is known about his life following the incident.

He died on 16th February 1987 in Omdurman, Sudan and is final resting place is not known. His GC is not publicly held.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: PRIVATELY HELD.

BURIAL PLACE: UNKNOWN.

El Imam Yehia EGM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“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: -

 

For Gallantry.

Yehia el Imam. Police Constable, Khartoum Province Police. For an act of conspicuous courage. This Constable, having failed to kill with his baton a rabid dog when it was attacking a man, strangled it with his hands, being severely bitten in the struggle. There is no doubt that by his prompt action and bravery he saved many from infection.”

1st January 1932

transcribed by Terry Hissey