|George Walter Inwood
22 September 1905|
|Died||16 October 1940
|Buried at||Yardley Cemetery, Birmingham|
|Years of service||1939-1940|
|Unit||10th Birmingham (Public Utilities) Battalion (later 30th Warwickshire Battalion)|
|Battles/wars||World War II
* The Blitz †
Section Commander George Walter Inwood GC (22 September 1905 - 16 October 1940) of the Home Guard was posthumously awarded the George Cross for the "...highest form of cool courage and self-sacrifice for others" he displayed on the night of the 15/16 October 1940 during the Birmingham Blitz.
Inwood was born on 22 September 1905, the son of George Walter Inwood (aka William Thomas Inwood) and Margaret Caroline (née Jones) and was baptised in St. Martin's, Birmingham, (then in Warwickshire, now in the West Midlands county), on 11 October 1905. He is buried in plot 46739 of Yardley Cemetery in Birmingham.
15/16 October 1940
After a heavy Luftwaffe air raid on Birmingham on the night of 15/16 October 1940, Inwood was asked by the police to aid in recovery work in Bishop Street (in the Five Ways area). Leading six volunteers he discovered that several unconscious people were trapped in a gas-filled cellar. A hole was dug and Inwood was lowered on a rope. He managed to pull two men clear but was overcome by fumes on his third foray down. A doctor on the scene was unable to revive him.
George Cross citation
The King has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the George Cross, for most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner, to Section Commander G. W. Inwood, Home Guard (since deceased).