100411 Lieutenant

 

Ellis Edward Arthur Talbot.

 

George Cross.

 

Attached 107 Squadron, R.A.F.

 

Royal Engineers.

 

Photo taken by Joe Ferries

 

Son of Arthur Henry and Eveline Nary Talbot of Newport, Shropshire.

 

Died on the 9th October 1941. Aged 21.

 

Buried at Catania War Cemetery, Italy.

Collective Grave I. H. 19.

George Cross Citation.

 

Lieutenant Talbot was awarded the Empire Gallantry Medal in 1940, whilst serving with 103 Bomb Disposal Section in Wales; this was automatically changed to that of the George Cross by the terms of the institution of that decoration. The citation in the London Gazette of 17th September, 1940, gives the following particulars: On 24th/25th August, 1940, Lieutenant Talbot, after being present during the whole twelve and a half hours which was required to dig down to an unexploded bomb, diagnosed, when it was brought to the surface, that it was fitted with a delayed action type fuse. As the bomb appeared to be of a new type, he decided that it should be removed to a place where it could do no damage if it exploded. Keeping his men under cover, he carried it on his shoulder to a safe spot two hundred yards away. From the start of the work, there was a risk of the bomb exploding, and Lieutenant Talbot set a fine example of courage and devotion to duty.