David Booker (19/10/1910 – 01/04/1982) and his brother Samuel Booker (19/10/1910 – 12/1979) are the only two brothers to be awarded the Edward Medal; for their actions at Littleton Colliery in South Staffordshire on 14/05/1937
“They were both 26 years old and working at Littleton Colliery when David and his brother Samuel, were part of a rescue party trying to locate three missing men during a firedamp incident. Some of the party also collapsed, thereby adding to the task of the rescue workers. The brothers forced their way on four or five times, and were jointly responsible for extricating four rescuers who had succumbed to gas. All of these men survived except Mr Richard Walmsley, the Under Manager; the three missing men also died, bringing the total deaths to 4. Both brothers were awarded the Edward Medal (later exchanged for George Cross).”
They are both buried in Bloxwich Cemetery, Bloxwich, West Midlands.
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