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Moore, Richard Valentine "Dick"

Date of birth:
February 14th, 1916 (London, United Kingdom)
Date of death:
April 25th, 2003 (Warrington/Lancashire, United Kingdom)
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Later promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Sub-Lieutenant
Unit:
Bomb Disposal Team, H.M.S. President, Royal Navy
Awarded on:
December 17th, 1940
Action:
"On the night of 20/21 September 1940, four parachute mines fell on Dagenham but only one exploded. Moore, working alongside Chief Petty Officer George Wheeler, examined one of the unexploded bombs with a very damaged fuse ring which could not be removed. Moore used a borrowed drill to drill either side of the fuse so it broke in half and could be extracted. He was removing the mine's magnetic trigger when Ryan arrived after disarming another mine.

Having satisfied himself that the mine which Moore was handling had been made safe, Ryan went to a warehouse some 200 yards away, to deal with the last mine. As he and his assistant entered the building the mine, which was hanging by its parachute, exploded, killing both men."
George Cross
Awarded on:
1963
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

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