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The Invergordon Archive

Henry Buckle, GC, OBE
The Invergordon Archive
Henry Buckle, GC, OBE

While HMS. Tiger was undergoing repairs at Invergordon, on the 27th August, 1919, two dockyard fitters and an able seaman were overcome by noxious gas in the hold of the ship, and Stoker Petty Officer Bailey, accompanied by a sick berth attendant, made an unsuccessful attempt at rescue. Both he and his companion had put on respirators, but found them useless. Mr. Buckle, the officer of the watch, then arrived on the scene, and in spite of the grave risk to his life, which it was now evident would be incurred by further attempts at rescue, immediately went down and succeeded in passing a rope round one of the men. This man was got out, but Mr. Buckle was considerably affected by the gas, and could do nothing further. Stoker Petty Officer Bailey, though suffering from the effects of his previous attempts, repeated the operation, and succeeded in getting the other two men out, but all efforts to restore them were futile.
Picture added on 24 April 2005
I own and maintain the George Cross website www.gc-database.co.uk and we are now producing a series of small books with a run on about 300 each on the GCs. I wonder if anyone knows anything about the incident described above - and if there are any cuttings of the incident, that would be most useful.
Added by Marion Hebblethwaite on 24 April 2005
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