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Staff Acts of Bravery on the Home Front during WWII

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During WWII, there were displays of great heroism. Many London Passenger Transport Board (LPTB) staff were awarded the George Medal for gallantry, not in the face of the enemy. Most of these acts of bravery were for rescuing civilians following bombing raids.

A member of the winning crew in a London Passenger Transport Board firefighting efficiency competition accepts a certificate from Mr T.E. Thomas. 1943. LT001768/001_U35555

Green Line driver Corporal Wisbey was awarded the George Medal, for working all night leading rescue parties freeing people from a bombed house, whilst Sergeant Eldridge was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) for putting out fire bombs and saving people trapped in wreckage.

Report of two drivers receiving medals for bravery. March 1941. LT000030/078 Pennyfare_022_00003

Mr Ernest Price, a general hand from Middle Row garage rescued three women from the wreckage of a building, without considering the real danger to his own life from the presence of gas.

Article about the bravery of Ernest Price who provided life saving help in 34 air raids. May 1941. LT000030/078 Pennyfare_020_00003

This account from March 1944 describes how Mrs Rosa Temple, a trolleybus conductor from Poplar Depot, rescued her husband from a fire bomb, drawing the admiration of her colleagues.

Article from Pennyfare, the staff magazine. March 1944. LT000030/078 Pennyfare_054_00004

Lengthman G. Grimwood volunteered to enter a crater to assist with the disposal of an unexploded bomb. His bravery was recognised by an officer of the Royal Engineers disposal squad.

Article about the courage of G Grimwood of Thornton Heath, Permanent Way section. March 1941. LT000030/078 Pennyfare_018_00001

An off-duty London Transport Inspector arrived at Bank Station after it had been bombed in 1940 and helped to clear the platform of 1,000 survivors. His reminisces were published in the staff magazine in August 1946.

Memories of Inspector Hamlin, Leicester Square Station, relating to the bombing of Bank Station. August 1946. LT000030/078 Pennyfare_083_00004

The LPTB were so proud of the selflessness and loyalty displayed by their staff both on and off duty that they instituted their own medal – The London Passenger Transport Award for Brave Conduct and Devotion to Duty during an enemy attack on London.

Article from Pennyfare, the staff magazine. March 1942. LT000030/078 Pennyfare_030_00002

Inspector Gilbert was recognised for his exceptional courage in the execution of his duties when an unexploded time bomb fell near one of LPTB's stations.

Article relating to award of the Medal of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire to E J Gilbert of the Permanent Way (Railways). May 1941. LT000030/078 Pennyfare_020_00003

On the night of 27 December 1940 multiple bombs fell on a tram depot. As bombs fell Mr Ernest Fox, a labourer on the tram permanent way, undertook an inspection and put out fires despite bombs continuing to fall.

Article about the courage and zeal displayed by Ernest Fox. March 1941. LT000030/078 Pennyfare_022_00003

The article provides details of the heroic deeds of 11 bus, tram and railway staff keeping London moving following enemy action. Services were redirected, wounded people rescued, fires put out and debris cleared. The actions of staff at Sloane Square station following a bombing on the evening of 12 November 1940 gets a special mention.

Article on the brave deeds of London Passenger Transport Board Staff on the Home Front. June 1943. LT000030/078 Pennyfare_045_00005

Inspector H. Mason received an award from the Mayor of Lewisham for rescuing a woman from a fire caused by an enemy bomb.

Article describing an inspector's single-handed rescue of a 78-year-old woman. October 1945. LT000030/078 Pennyfare_073_00003

Report on a commendation from the King for Home Guard garage warden F.M. McCarty. Disregarding his own safety, his actions saved a gas main.

Article about the brave actions of garage warden McCarty. October 1941. LT000030/078 Pennyfare_025_00005

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