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Hodge, Alexander Mitchell "Sandy"

Date of birth:
June 23rd, 1916 (Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland)
Date of death:
January 4th, 1997 (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sub-Lieutenant (Sub-lieutenant)
Unit:
H.M.S. Eagle (1918), Royal Navy
Awarded on:
August 2nd, 1940
Action:
Citation:
"H.M. Ship in which Sub-Lieutenant Hodge was serving was badly damaged by an explosion in a bomb-room. The bomb-room was in darkness, full of heat and fumes, and smoke rising to the main deck suggested fire below.

Sub-Lieutenant Hodge had no knowledge of the behaviour of bombs in great heat or violent movement. When the explosion occurred he at once left the main deck and went into the bomb-room. He examined this and was able to rescue and send up several badly injured men. He found one of the wounded men crushed under two very heavy bombs, which could not be moved single-handed. Obtaining help, he dragged the wounded man clear, and sent him up.

Sub-Lieutenant Hodge did not go on deck until he had satisfied himself that no one was left alive below.

Throughout he showed outstanding courage, enterprise and resource, without any thought for himself. He saved all the lives he could though, for all he knew, further fatal explosions might have occurred at any moment."
Details:
Exchanged for a George Cross
British Empire Medal (BEM & EGM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sub-Lieutenant (Sub-lieutenant)
Unit:
H.M.S. Eagle (1918), Royal Navy
Awarded on:
August 2nd, 1940
George Cross

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