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09 December 2003

This is the story of the bravery of one man, namely George Roxburgh, on the night of 29th December 1940. Goerge was a slightly-built man, 44 years of age and who suffered from Bronchial Asthma.
He lived in Orient Street, not far from the Elephant and Castle, where his family spent their nights during the Blitz in an Anderson Shelter which was in a small yard at the back of their house.
George was employed at night in the Circulation Department of The Daily Telegraph. On the night in question, the Daily Telegraph building was set alight by incendiaries during a German air-raid. Members of the staff were engaged in trying to put out the fires and George found himself at the top of the building with a fire-hose on his shoulder. The problem he faced was that the hose neded to be on the other side of the building. This meant he would have to walk along the top of a wall with incendiaries burning all round. He did not hesitate and got the hose to the other side. He said afterwards that he did not know how he found the strength to carry the fire-hose or the nerve to walk across the wall. Together with his colleagues their efforts were successful in preventing the destruction of the building. During the Blitz there were hundreds like George, whose bravery went unrecorded.
His courage, however, was acknowledged by the following letter from the General Manager of The Daily Telegraph.

"Dear Roxburgh,

Lord Camrose has asked me to hand you this
token of his recognition of the outstanding
courage, fearlessness and determination dis-
played by you and other members of the Staff
on the occasion of the German incendiary raid
on the 'Daily Telegraph' buil;ding on the night
of Sunday, December 29th.

It is his wish that I should take this
opportunity of expressing the appreciation of
the Management of the wonderful spirit of co-
operation, loyalty to the paper and sense of
individual responsibility that has prevailed in
all departments of the organisation throughout
the Blitz.

yours sincerely


The Daily Telegraph

G Roxburgh,
Circulation Department.

It was my privilege to know this man - George was my father-in-law.

John Watson, DFM, PFF
53 Broad Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN20 9QT

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Posted on: 23 December 2003 by Peter - WW2 Site Helper

Dear i_amupwood156

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Posted on: 09 January 2004 by i_amupwood156

Hello, thank you for your help in showing me how to get my story on to the Editorial Desk. I will now try to follow out your suggestions. Best wishes for the coming year.

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