James Hendry (20/12/1911 – 13/06/1941) was was posthumously awarded the George Cross for his self sacrifice on 13/06/1941 Loch Laggan, Scotland.
The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 35962, Page: 1511 reads:
“The KING has been graciously pleased, on the advice of Canadian Ministers, to approve the posthumous award of the GEORGE CROSS, in recognition of most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner,
to: — B.28593 Corporal Jame Hendry.”
No.1 Tunnelling Company of the Royal Canadian Engineers was tasked with digging the tunnel between Loch Spey and Loch Laggan to supply water to the British Aluminium works at Fort William, when a fire broke out in an explosives store near Loch Laggan. Corporal Hendry ordered his colleagues to run to safety and attempted to extinguish the blaze, rather than attempt to escape the inevitable explosion that would have killed more men and stopped work on the tunnel. However it was in vain as the ensuring explosion killed him and Sapper John MacDougall Stewart. Seven more were injured.
James Hendry was buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery (grave reference 31. F. 9.) in Surrey.
DRW 2018. Created 16/08/2018, image courtesy of Mark Green.