Roger Goad (GC)
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5 August 1935|
|Died||29 August 1975
|Years of service||1953–1974|
|Unit||Royal Army Ordnance Corps|
British Empire Medal
|Other work||Explosives Officer, Metropolitan Police Service|
Roger Philip Goad, GC, BEM (5 August 1935 – 29 August 1975) was an explosives officer with London's Metropolitan Police Service who was posthumously awarded the George Cross for the heroism he displayed on 29 August 1975. He had previously been awarded the British Empire Medal in 1958 for gallantry whilst serving with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps in Cyprus, for repeated acts of deliberate courage in the disarming of bombs and booby traps set by terrorists.
Goad enlisted in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and worked his way up the ranks. He was a sergeant at the time he received the British Empire Medal in February 1958; and a warrant officer class 2 when he received a commission as lieutenant in February 1968. He was promoted to captain two years later, and retired from the army in August 1974. He then became an explosives officer with the Metropolitan Police.
Following a telephone tip-off, police officers found a suspicious package placed in a shop doorway in Kensington Church Street in London. Goad was the senior bomb disposal expert on the scene. A bomb, fitted with an anti-handling device, had been placed by Provisional Irish Republican Army members. Goad attempted to defuse the bomb but it exploded, killing him instantly. He was a 40-year-old married man with two children. His citation was published in the London Gazette of 1 October 1976.
- "No. 41304". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 February 1958. p. 839.
- "No. 44558". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 March 1968. p. 3869.
- "No. 45051". The London Gazette (Supplement). 27 February 1970. p. 2553.
- "No. 46398". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 November 1974. p. 11000.
- Police Memorial roll
- "No. 47027". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 September 1979. p. 13305.
- "The Road to Balcombe Street", Dr. Steven Moysey, Haworth, (2007)
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