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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 06/11/1912 Wallasey. d. 07/10/2006 The Wirral.

 

DATE AND PLACE OF GC ACTION: 26/02/1948 Port Stanley.

 

He worked as a shop assistant and then a shop fitter before joining the Royal Navy in 1929. He would spend 24 years in the Navy until 1953 when he retired as a Chief Petty Officer. After retirement from the Navy, he worked for Cadbury's and then for HM Customs and Excise before officially retiring in 1976.

 

He was 35 years old and serving in the Royal Navy aboard HMS Nigeria. Leading Seaman Hughes missed his footing on the Jacob's ladder while disembarking from the motor cutter at the port boom and fell into the sea. It was after dark, and the sea was rough and at a temperature of 42 degrees Fahrenheit, with the wind blowing a fresh gale. Hughes managed to retain his hold on the ladder but as he was dressed in heavy oilskins he was unable to pull himself up, nor could he make for the cutter owing to the cold state of the sea and the fear of sinking in his heavy clothes. Lynch was in the mess, when he heard the pipe for the lifeboat. Dressed only in a singlet and trousers, he immediately went on deck; seeing what had happened, he made his way out along the boom, down the ladder and into the water alongside Hughes. He then persuaded Hughes to let go of the ladder and supported him to the motor cutter. Lynch then swam back to the ladder to wait until Hughes had been hauled into the boat. Only when Hughes was safe did Lynch get to safety.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: WITH RECIPIENT'S FAMILY.

BURIAL PLACE: LANDICAN CREMATORIUM, WIRRAL, MERSEYSHIRE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Lynch AM, BEM

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