- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Petty Officer
- Render Mines Safe (RMS), Royal Navy
- Awarded on:
- June 16th, 1942
For gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty.
In September 1941 a Torpedo Machine (a device in which the Italians specialised) was dropped in 15 feet of water in St. George’s Bay, Malta, and Lt Cdr W.E. Hiscock was given the task of disarming it. The operation of salvage was one of considerable danger as, quite apart from the possibility of booby traps, no information was available as to the firing mechanism of the explosive head and its behaviour when parted from the body was a matter of complete uncertainty. While Lt Cdr Hiscock and his assistant, Petty Officer le Bargy were working on the bomb, the clock mechanism started and it was only their cool determination and skill which brought the operation to a successful conclusion. Lt Hiscock was awarded a posthumous George Cross (Lt.Cdr Hiscock and his wife were killed in Malta when their house received a direct bomb hit 15.2.1942) and Petty Officer le Bargy a George Medal, in recognition for their service as “Render Mines Safe” (RMS) operatives, it would appear from records that both the George Cross and Medal were endorsed by the Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean in November 1941.
Both the George Cross and Medal were endorsed by the Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean in November 1941.