James Scully (GC)

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James Patrick Scully
James Scully.jpg
Born (1909-10-20)20 October 1909
County Dublin
Died December 1974
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Corporal
Unit 256 Company, Pioneer Corps
Battles/wars World War II
Awards George Cross UK ribbon.png George Cross

Acting Corporal James Patrick Scully (20 October 1909 – December 1974) of the Pioneer Corps was awarded the George Cross for the valour he displayed on 8 March 1941 in Liverpool in rescuing people from a bomb damaged building. He was originally from Crumlin, Dublin.[1]

The citation was published in the London Gazette on 8 July 1941, and reads:[2]

Scully was the only member of the Pioneer Corps to be awarded the George Cross (although 13 George Medals and many other lesser awards have been won by Corps members.).[3] No members of the Pioneer Corps have won the Victoria Cross while serving with the corps, although Francis George Miles served with the corps in World War II after winning the VC while serving with the Gloucestershire Regiment in World War I.

James Scully was the first Catholic recipient of a George Cross and is commemorated by a sculpture at Simpson Barracks. A Troop of the modern-day Royal Logistics Corps is also named after him.

Corporal Scully's medal group including the George Cross was sold at auction in London on 5 July 2011 for £72,000. The auction was held by Dix Noonan Webb and was lot number 705. It was sold with a quantity of original documentation, including the recipient's Soldier's Service and Pay Book; Buckingham Palace Coronation Medal 1953 certificate; membership certificate for the Royal Society of St George; two or three portrait photographs, and the cover feature of The Hornet of January 1967, featuring the recipient's G.C.-winning exploits.

James Scully died in 1974 while visiting his nephew, the English athlete and later sports broadcaster Brendan Foster.[4]


  1. ^ "James Patrick Scully, GC". George Cross database. Archived from the original on 16 November 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2007. 
  2. ^ "No. 35213". The London Gazette. 8 July 1941. p. 3919. 
  3. ^ "The Pioneer – honours and awards". Royal Pioneer Corps Association. Retrieved 22 November 2007. 
  4. ^ http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/george-cross-awarded-to-irish-hero-of-the-blitz-could-raise-50000-at-auction-26748054.html

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