Lieut-CommanderRYAN, RICHARD JOHN HAMMERSLEY

Died 21/09/1940

Aged 37

H.M.S. President.
Royal Navy

G C

Son of Admiral Frank Edward Cavendish Ryan, C.B.E. and of Eleanor Stuart Ryan (nee Campbell); husband of Margaret Ryan, of Wroughton, Wiltshire.

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of 17th December 1940

"The King has been graciously pleased to approve the posthumous award of the George Cross to Lieut. Cdr. R. J. H. Ryan, R.N. for great gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty."

Lt. Cdr. Ryan was a master of defusing the magnetic mine with several successfull results and as such was called upon for the more difficult tasks with this most dangerously delicate type of bomb. At Hornchurch in Essex he made safe a bomb which threatened the aerodrome and an explosives factory. Lt. Cdr. Ryan, together with C.P.O. Reginald Vincent Ellingworth, R.N., then went to a warehouse in Dagenham, Essex, where an unexploded bomb was hanging from a parachute. The pair, who had faced many dangers together, were both killed by it's explosion and both were awarded the George Cross posthumously.

Buried at HASLAR ROYAL NAVAL CEMETERY

Location: Hampshire, United Kingdom
Number of casualties: 1359

Cemetery/memorial reference: G. 8. 24.

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