Wickett G – 1937

BB Gazette Vol.46 No.3 – The Cross for Heroism has also been awarded to Private Gerald Wickett, aged 13, of the 2nd Plymouth Company, for saving a Boy from drowning in the sea at Plymouth on the 23rd of August, 1937. The two Boys were playing on the landing stage when Wicketts’ companion fell into the sea. Knowing his chum could not swim, Wickett dived in, fully dressed, from a height of 15 feet into deep water and seized hold of him. There was a strong current, but Wickett succeeded in keeping the other Boy afloat and swam 50 yards with him to the quay wall, where he held on to a crane-chain until both Boys were picked up by a motor boat.

Western Morning News, 20th October 1937 – Gerald Wickett (2nd Plymouth) aged 13, was presented with the Boys’ Brigade Cross of Honour for Heroism by Mr G.S Smith (brigade secretary) at Castle Green, Citadel-road, last evening.

Boys Brigade Cross for Heroism


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