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OH awarded the George Medal

Brigadier Stewart Roy Skelton (OH 1939-47) was awarded the Medal for bravery in 1968
London Gazette Article in 1969
London Gazette Article in 1969

Twenty-one years after leaving Hymers College, Roy Skelton was a Major Stewart in the Army Catering Corps.

On the evening of 2 November 1968, while at his home in Aldershot, he heard a woman's scream.  He left his home to investiogate when he heard another scream down an unlit footpath opposite his home.  On entering the footpath, he saw a well built young man, armed with a large dagger, assaulting a girl.  Regardless of the assailant being armed, he tackled him and was stabbed in the chest through his ribs.

Despite the wound, he continued to wressle with the man and received a second blow to the chest.  However, he was able to bring the assailant to the ground and tell the girl to run for help.  Roy prevented the assailant from pursuing her but he eventually broke free. A second man attempted to tackle the assailant but was also stabbed, before the man ran off.

Roy recovered from his injuries after an emergency operation the next day, and was awarded the George Medal for his bravery in February 1969.  He continued his career afterwards and achieved the rank of Brigadier.  He passed away at the age of 77 Years in 2006. 


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