WW2 & KOREAN WAR HYDROGEN BOMB TESTING IN AUSTRALIA MEDAL GROUP BOOTHROYD R.E.
An interesting medal group to Sapper G. H. Boothroyd, Royal Engineers, late Royal Artillery, who witnessed the testing of the British Hydrogen Bomb on Australian soil at Christmas Island, during two tours during the 1950’s.
Medals include Korea 1950-53, 2nd issue, impressed named to 22351579 GNR. G. H. BOOTHROYD, R.A.; U.N. Korea 1950-54, unnamed as issued & General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Malaya, E.II.R. impressed named to 22351579 spr. G. H. BOOTHROYD R.E. Court mounted for display.
Sapper George Hugh Boothroyd served with the Royal Artillery, he served in Hong Kong, August 1950-October 1951 and Korea, November 1951-March 1952. In Korea, he served with 14 Field Regiment R.A. Returning home, he re-enlisted on 5 May 1952 and was attached to the 18 Medium Regiment R.A. He re-enlisted in the Royal Engineers for 22 years on 2 February 1953. During the following years he served variously in Japan, Korea and Hong Kong. He also served on ‘Special Duty’ on Christmas Island, 25 May-21 November 1957. As such he was present on the island during ‘Operation Grapple X’, 8 November 1957, when Britain tested a 1.8 megaton hydrogen bomb - the bomb being air dropped with a high air burst over the ocean to the south of the island. He again served on Christmas Island, 26 September 1959-7 April 1960, following a further five nuclear tests in the ‘Grapple’ series. Attaining the rank of Corporal in May 1958, Boothroyd purchased his discharge in September 1962.
With extract of hand written reference from his last C.O. detailing full service history and extracts from the book, Just Testing, by Derek Robinson, outlining the various atomic tests carried out in Australasian waters.
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