A Second World War Blitz George Medal group of three to Detective Sergeant S.C.Coomber, Metropolitan
Lot 126
A Second World War Blitz George Medal group of three to Detective Sergeant S.C.Coomber, Metropolitan Police,
Sold for £3,290 (US$ 5,280) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Second World War Blitz George Medal group of three to Detective Sergeant S.C.Coomber, Metropolitan Police,
George Medal, G.VI.R. (Sidney Cyril Coomber); Defence Medal; Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, E.II.R. (D.S.(2nd. CL.) Sidney C.Coomber). Extremely fine. (3)

Footnotes

  • George Medal London Gazette 27.6.1941.

    For saving life during an Air raid at the Church Army Hostel, Eastbourne Terrace, Paddington, London. A joint citation with W.A.Bailey, Captain Church Army; R.G.Grose, Police Constable and E.J.Pope, Police Constable.

    As a result of enemy action buildings were damaged.

    Detective Constable Coomber and Police Constable Grose entered one house and found several men lying severely injured and one man trapped. They removed all of them to safety and then climbed to the second floor where they were joined by Captain Bailey. Search was made for two men known to be trapped on the premises. After removing a quantity of debris, one man was released and lowered to the ground. The rescuers then climbed to the third floor and eventually located the other man who had apparently fallen through to the floor below. Coomber, assisted by Bailey, tunnelled under the wreckage while Grose removed rubble passed out to him. In spite of the fact that debris was continually falling around them, and a large slab of stonework was hanging overhead in a dangerous position, they succeeded in releasing the casualty.
    Police Constable Pope, who was on duty nearby, was thrown to the ground by the force of the explosion. He recovered and, after attending to two severely injured victims and helping seven people to safety, he scrambled up to the second floor of a building where a woman was trapped. He made an opening in the wreckage and, by supporting himself with his right hand, gradually lowered himself. After removing debris with his left hand, he was able to extricate the woman, who climbed over his back and was hauled to safety. The rescues were performed while an air attack was still in progress. Huge pieces of masonry and timber were poised in perilous positions, and the danger was further increased by escaping gas and water.


    The lot comes with the original boxes for the George Medal and Police L.S.Medal, as well as certificate from the Royal Society of St.George dated 10th September 1941, and a service certificate from the Metropolitan Police confirming his service from 27.4.1936 to 30.4.1961 with his conduct being exemplary.
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