Hendry, James

Date of birth:
December 20th, 1911 (Falkirk, Scotland)
Date of death:
June 13th, 1941 (Loch Laggan, Invernessshire, Scotland)
Buried on:
Brookwood Military Cemetery
Plot: 31. Row: F. Grave: 9.
Nationality:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Corporal
Unit:
No. 1 Tunnelling Company, Corps of Royal Engineers, Home Guard
Awarded on:
April 2nd, 1943
Action:
Circumstances of Hendry’s George Cross:

Hendry was part of a team tasked with digging the Laggan Tunnel to supply water to the British Aluminium works at Kinlochleven when a fire broke out in a powder house full of explosives. Hendry ordered the rest of the team to run to safety whilst he attempted to extinguish the fire. The powder house eventually exploded and the huge blast also killed his colleague John MacDougall Stewart, and seven more were injured.
George Cross

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