George Goodman (GC)

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George Herbert Goodman
Birth name George Herbert Goodman
Born (1900-11-25)25 November 1900
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
Died 31 May 1945(1945-05-31) (aged 44)
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Buried at The Hague (Westduin) General Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Lieutenant Commander
Unit Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
HMS President
HMS Vernon
Battles/wars World War II
Awards UK George Cross ribbon.svg George Cross
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Lieutenant-Commander George Herbert Goodman GC MBE (1900 - 1945)[1] [1] of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve was awarded the George Cross for the "great gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty" he showed on 15 January 1942 in defusing an Italian circling torpedo.

15 January 1942[edit]

Goodman was the first person to defuse the Italian self-destructing torpedo which had beached itself east of Alexandria. He was assisted in this action by PO William B Filer RN and painter Archibald John Russell RN, both of whom received the George Medal.

Naval career[edit]

Goodman was attached to HMS Vernon, HMS President and HMS Nile (Alexandria) and rendered many unexploded devices safe during the war in Britain and North Africa.

George Cross citation[edit]

Notice of his award appeared in the London Gazette on 15 September 1942.[2]

The King has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the George Cross for great gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty to:

Temporary Lieutenant George Herbert Goodman, M.B.E., R.N.V.R.

— London Gazette

Death[edit]

Gooman died when a booby-trap exploded in a house in Rotterdam, in May 1945.[3]

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