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DATE OF EM ACTION: 06/02/1917 Watford, Hertfordshire.
Very little is known about Robert John Kirkham, Fourth Class Examiner, Department of Munitions, who was awarded the Edward Medal for his actions on 6th February 1917 in Watford, Hertfordshire.
On the 6th February, 1917, Kirkham, who was working in a filling shed at Watford, noticed smoke issuing from a filled 4-inch Stokes bomb. With most commendable presence of mind and courage he picked up the bomb, threw it out of the shed and shut the door. The bomb exploded in the open with sufficient violence to project the steel head, weighing 20 ounces, a distance of 120 yards. The steel propellant container flew 50 yards in the opposite direction. But for Kirkham's action the explosion would have occurred inside the filling shed, in which about 50 persons were working and a quantity of explosive was stored, and it is probable that loss of life would have resulted. Kirkham was well aware of the nature of the bomb and of the destructive qualities of the explosives with which it was filled.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.
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