John Babington (GC)
|John Herbert Babington
6 February 1911|
Tai Chow Foo, China
|Died||25 March 1992
West Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire
|Service/branch||Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve|
|Battles/wars||World War II
* The Blitz
|Other work||Headmaster at the Royal Hospital School|
Lieutenant Commander John Herbert Babington GC, OBE, RNVR (6 February 1911 – 25 March 1992) was awarded the George Cross for 'great gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty' in defusing bombs during World War II.
27 December 1940
Following a Luftwaffe air raid on the Royal Navy shore establishment at Chatham Dockyard (HMS Pembroke) Babington defused a bomb which had fallen that was fitted with an anti-withdrawal device. Babington was attached to HMS President in London.
George Cross citation
Notice of Babington's George Cross appeared in the London Gazette on 27 December 1940.
The King has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the George Cross for great gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty to:
Probationary Temporary Sub-Lieutenant (Sp) John Herbert Babington R.N.V.R.
— London Gazette
Later war career
He was later awarded an OBE for gallantry in 1944.
Post war career
Babington became the Headmaster at the Royal Hospital School and the Ashlyns School, Berkhamsted, the first co-educational bilateral school in Hertfordshire.