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George Medal Awarded to Nottingham Hero to be Sold

17th April 2019.

A George Medal awarded to Nottingham man in 1941 is to be auctioned. The George Medal, awarded to civilians who show extraordinary courage in the face of enemy action, was given to Percival Tyrrell Hague, a Corporal in the Home Guard for remarkable gallantry shown during an Air Raid over Nottingham Corporation Gas Works.

After a shower of incendiaries had fallen on top of a 90ft gasholder he noticed that three of them had got lodged, so he climbed up and knocked them off. Soon afterwards, when he and a colleague, E. W Morrison, were trying to close down valves as a high-explosive hit a nearby gas holder which burst into flames. Despite their clothes being on fire, they continued with their work and managed to save the chief parts of the plant.

The framed medal, along with Hague’s service record, framed citation from The Royal Society of St George, newspaper articles, letters of congratulations and related ephemera will be offered in the Militaria & Ethnographica Sale on 5th June, with an estimate of £2,500-3,500 (plus buyer’s premium).

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