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George Cross

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No, not the brother of Gerrards Cross.

Wiki tells us “The George Cross (GC) is the second highest award of the United Kingdom honours system. It is awarded “for acts of the greatest heroism or for most conspicuous courage in circumstance of extreme danger”, not in the presence of the enemy, to members of the British armed forces and to British civilians.

These are recipients of the GC realted to the railways in Britain.

John Axon GC (4 December 1900 – 9 February 1957).
Born in in Stockport, John was a driver for British Railways and on the day in question John was working a freight train from from Stockport to Buxton in Derbyshire. The train was formed of an ex-LMS Stanier Class 8F consisting of over 30 wagons and a brake van. He has discovered a leaking brake en route to Buxton where a fitter attended…

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