Geoffrey Gledhill Turner Title/Rank: Sub-Lieutenant Unit/Occupation: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (Bomb Disposal) Awarded: Date unknown Nationality: British Date and Place of GC Action: 21st December 1940, Great Howard Street, Liverpool The citation in the London Gazette of 27th June 1941, gives the following particulars: No citation found. Circumstances of Turner’s George Cross: Turner defused many mines and one of the incidents for which he received the George Cross was in Seaforth, Lancashire. A mine had come down close to the Southport Liverpool railway line. The mine was hanging by its parachute in the back yard of a house. Turner improvised to move the mine into a better position and tried to extract the fuse. As he extracted it he realised he had only half of it and the all important clock and firing mechanism was still in place. He attempted to pull it out with his fingers when the ominous sound of the clock whirling could be heard. Without delay he dropped everything and started running for cover. After a short while there was no explosion so Turner took the hard decision to return to the mine. Unbelievably just as he touched the remaining fuse parts the clock started again, running away for the second time the mine exploded wounding him but he survived to earn a George Medal in 1943. Additional Information: Born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Also awarded a George Medal in 1943. Later promoted to the rank of Commander. Turner served in a Marine Commando unit during the invasion of Normandy. Turner took part in the capture of Brest. Later during the war he fought with the Commandos in Germany.