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Lieutenant ELLIS EDWARD ARTHUR TALBOT

Service Number: 100411
Regiment & Unit/Ship

Royal Engineers

Date of Death

Died 09 October 1941

Age 21 years old

Buried or commemorated at

CATANIA WAR CEMETERY, SICILY

Coll. grave I. H. 19.

Italy

  • Secondary Unit, Regiment attd.107 Sqdn Royal Air Force
  • Country of Service United Kingdom
  • Awards George Cross, Member of the Order of the British Empire
  • Additional Info Son of Arthur Henry and Eveline Mary Talbot, of Newport, Shropshire.
  • Personal Inscription "PREST D'ACCOMPLIR"
  • Additional Citation note

    Lieutenant Talbot was awarded the Empire Gallantry Medal in 1940; which was automatically changed to that of the George Cross by the terms of the institution of that decoration. The citation in the London Gazette of 17th September, 1940, gives the following particulars: On 24th/25th August, 1940, Lieutenant Talbot, after being present during the whole twelve and a half hours required to dig down to an unexploded bomb diagnosed when it was brought to the surface that it was of a delayed action type. As the bomb appeared to be of a new type, he decided that it should be removed to a place where it could do no damage if it exploded. Keeping his men under cover, he carried it on his shoulder to a safe spot two hundred yards away. From the start of the work there was a risk of the bomb exploding, and Lieutenant Talbot set a fine example of courage and devotion to duty.

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