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Brooke-Smith, Francis Haffey

Date of birth:
September 21st, 1918 (Hasketon-Woodbridge, Suffolk, Great Britain)
Date of death:
December 3rd, 1952 (Hasketon-Woodbridge, Suffolk, Great Britain)
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Finally promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander.
Brooke-smith's medal group is on display in the Victoria Cross & George Cross Gallery at the Imperial War Museum in London, Great Britain.

Francis Brooke-Smith is buried at the Hasketon Churchyard, near Woodbridge, Suffolk, Great Britain.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Unit:
Bomb Disposal, Royal Navy
Awarded on:
June 27th, 1941
Action:
In December 1940 an unexploded bomb fell alongside the engine-room on the fire-float Firefly in the Manchester Ship Canal. Sub-lieutenant Brooke-Smith was able to pull the mine slightly clear of the engine-room casing and then, lying on the sloping engine casing, head downwards, he managed to place a safety gag in the bomb-fuse. The clock of the fuse then started to tick, but he stayed where he was and finally managed to stop it before the inevitable explosion occurred.
George Cross

Sources

  • Photo: George Cross Database
  • - Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 24th June 1941, Issue 35201, dated 27th Jne 1941