WEBB, George Henry

Rank: 
Private
Unit / Base: 
1 Commando
Police Service: 
Metropolitan Police
Regiment/Corps: 
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Service: 
Army
Number: 
14604144
Honours & Awards: 
Born: 
Wednesday, February 2, 1916
Died : 
Thursday, January 12, 1984
Private George Webb was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service in Burma.
Recommendation
"Arakan 1945.
On the 31st January 1945 at Hill 170 near Kangaw Pte. Webb was a member of the leading section of a platoon ordered to counter attack on the right flank. They came under intense MMG and grenade fire. The platoon officer and platoon Sgt. were mortally wounded and the remainder of his section became casualties.
Unperturbed by the intense fire he showed great coolness and presence of mind supervising the evacuation of many wounded. He succeeded in locating and evacuating all the casualties except his platoon officer and platoon Sgt.
After being ordered to withdraw he volunteered to go forward once more and search for the platoon Sgt. After repeated attempts amid showers of enemy grenades he was persuaded to come back and stayed with the remainder of his platoon.
Shortly afterwards a man was killed at his side in the act of throwing a grenade. Pte. Webb picked up the grenade and threw it just before it went off. His courage and coolness the whole day were of last very high order."
  • George Henry Webb was a serving Metropolitan Police Officer who in 1943 volunteered for the Commandos. He had joined the Police on 22 June 1936, warrant number 125087. After initial training he was posted to 'E' Division. In 1939 he was a Police Constable residing at Camden Police Section House, Euston.
  • He rejoined the Metropolitan Police in 1946 and was promoted Sergeant in 1949. Retired after 30 years police service in 1966. 
  • Member of the Commando Association from Bromley, Kent.
Sources
London Gazette 37040, page 2080.
Award Recommendations / National Archives file WO373/36/84.
The 1939 Register covering St Pancras.
Tony Moore, FRHistS, former Chief Supt. Met. Police.
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 78 (1984).
 

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