131795 Major Harry MITCHELL, GM, OBE, MiD, Royal Engineers

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  1. alanatabz

    alanatabz Well-Known Member

    Major H Mitchell is listed as being the Commanding Officer of 11th Company Bomb Disposal.

    Anybody know what the H? is - Henry?

    I see he was a Captain at one point and won the George Medal.

    Anybody any more info?
  2. Owen

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  3. alanatabz

    alanatabz Well-Known Member

    Thanks Owen

    yes i saw the IWM files, I take it you need to visit to see them?
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    (Edited title to include more info)

    Personal Number: 131795
    Rank: Major
    Name: Harry MITCHELL, GM, OBE, MiD
    Unit: Royal Engineers

    London Gazette : 21 June 1940
    The undermentioned to be 2nd Lts.:—
    30th May 1940:—
    Harry MITCHELL (131795).

    London Gazette : 17 December 1940
    The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following awards of the George Medal, for conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work, to the undermentioned:—
    Second-Lieutenant (acting Captain) Harry Mitchell, Royal Engineers

    London Gazette : 24 August 1944
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve that the following be Mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy : —
    Corps of Royal Engineers.
    Capt. (temp. Maj.) H. Mitchell, G.M. (131795).

    London Gazette : 21 December 1944
    The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following promotions in, and appointments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy:-
    To be Additional Officers of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:—
    Major Harry Mitchell, G.M. (131795), Corps of Royal Engineers (Dumbartonshire).
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    See also:

    George Medal | The Royal Engineers Association
    "Harry Mitchell
    Capt Harry Mitchell. GM
    95/96 Bomb Disposal Sections
    Posted in the London Gazette on the 17th December 1940.Awarded for action on the 13th August 1940.Capt Mitchell was given a list of UXB’s t o deal with. He firstly dealt with a 250kg. This he discovered was fuzed by a long delay, with clockwork mechanism which was of a new type. Regardless of no information being available, Mitchell decided to disarm the bomb and send the fuze for research. This he did successfully and was awarded the George Medal. There are however no records of those who died whilst attempting this same dangerous operation."

    Recommendation for Award for Mitchell, Harry Rank: Second Lieutenant Service... | The National Archives

    Reference: WO 373/66/112
    Name Mitchell, Harry
    Rank: Second Lieutenant
    Service No: 131795
    Regiment: No 95/96 Bomb Disposal Section Royal Engineers, Home Forces
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Non-Combatant Gallantry
    Award: The George Cross
    [George MEDAL]
    Date of announcement in London Gazette: 17 December 1940

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  8. alanatabz

    alanatabz Well-Known Member

    Brilliant, Thanks DBF

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