Benjamin Gimbert

Benjamin Gimbert

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Benjamin Gimbert GC (6 February 1903 - 6 May 1976), an engine driver with the LNER was awarded the George Cross, as was his fireman James Nightall, whose award was posthumous, for saving an ammunition train from a fire on 2 June 1944 during the Soham rail disaster. The citation for the awards read: As an ammunition train was pulling into a station in Cambridgeshire, the driver, Gimbert, discovered that the wagon next to the engine was on fire. He immediately drew Nightall's attention to the fire and brought the train to a standstill. By the time the train had stopped the whole of the truck was enveloped in flames and, realising the danger, the driver instructed the fireman to try to uncouple the truck immediately behind the blazing vehicle. Without the slightest hesitation Nightall, although he knew that the truck contained explosives, uncoupled the vehicle and rejoined his driver on the footplate.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 3mm | 95g
  • Chromo Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6135902911
  • 9786135902914