b. 26/07/1912 Neston, Cheshire. d. 21/11/1941 Sidi Rezegh, Libya.
He was 29 years old, and a second lieutenant in the 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, British Army during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 21 November 1941 at Sidi Rezegh, Libya, an attack by 60 German tanks was countered by the four anti-tank guns ("A Troop") under the command of Second Lieutenant Gunn.
During the engagement this officer drove from gun to gun in an unarmoured vehicle, encouraging his men, and when three of his guns were destroyed and the crew of the fourth, except the sergeant, were all dead or disabled, he took charge of this remaining weapon, the portee of which was alight. There was danger of the flames exploding the ammunition with which the portee was loaded, but he managed to fire 50 rounds from the QF 2 pounder gun and set two enemy tanks on fire before he himself was killed by being shot through the head.
After he was killed, the battery commander Major Pinney, who had aided Ward by dealing with the ammunition fire, took over the gun and continued the action. As a result of the battery's actions, it was given the honour title "Sidi Rezegh".
LOCATION OF MEDAL: ROYAL ARTILLERY MUSEUM, WOOLWICH, LONDON.
BURIAL PLACE: KNIGHTSBRIDGE WAR CEMETERY, LIBYA.
George Gunn's medals including VC and MC on display at the Royal Artillery Museum, Woolwich (Jan 2015).
George Gunn portrait at the Royal Artillery Museum (Jan 2015).
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
PLOT IV, ROW F, GRAVE 1
St Mary's and St Helen's Church, Neston, Cheshire.
RA Chapel, Woolwich