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Ammanford Appliances.
 
When the Crowd Panic.
Trapped by Fire.
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Retirement of Captain David Davies.
Is Poison Gas a Weapon.
Former Auxiliary fire hero George medal
 

31st October 1940

 

FORMER AMMANFORD MAN RESCUES TRAPPED FAMILIES
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AND BECOMES LONDON RAID HERO

 

 

For bravery shown in a recent London air-raid Mr. John Lyn Davies, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Davies, Myddfai House, Wind Street, Ammanford, has been recommended for the George Medal.

Lyn left Ammanford in June, 1927, and previously will be recalled as a keen and active local sportsman. He was captain and secretary of the Ammanford Thursdays Rugby Club, and he also interested himself in practically every athletic organisation in the town. Since the ware he has been a member of the London Auxiliary Fire Service.

One night recently, when he was off duty, a heavy bomb exploded in his street, seriously damaging a number of houses.

Leaving his wife and two children in the air-raid shelter, Mr. Davies rushed out and, not troubling about the fact that his own house had the roof off and all windows broken, made for a fire raging about 100 yards away.

As he ran down the street a girl called to him, “Please get my Mum and Dad out!”

Dashing into the wreckage of a partly demolished house, Taffy managed to reach Mr. and Mrs. Firth and got them clear.

He had only just done so when he heard shouts from the other side of the road, where a house had collapsed.

Crawling into the debris, he forced his way to where he could see a father, mother and three-year-old boy (Mr. and Mrs. Taylor and their son Ronnie) lying on beds unable to move.

WITH BARE HANDS

“Luckily the wreckage had become wedged, and although they were held down they were not badly hurt,” Mr. Davies told a Press representative.

“I dug my way through and eventually got them out.”

Actually, he hacked away with his fireman's axe and fought with bare hands to clear the debris sufficiently to make a tunnel through which he could crawl.

After working for an hour, later with the help of wardens, he got to the trapped family and pulled them out into the open air.

While he was working he heard Ken Taylor, the other member of the family, crying beneath the wreckage in another part of the house.

He tried to get to him by moving the fallen debris, but the heap of rubble began to cave in. Even then he would have gone on.

But . . . “the other chaps insisted on pulling me out,” said Taffy. “I was nearly all in and had to let them.”

He was given a glass of water, and a stretcher party got him back to his house. But he was out again within five minutes.

“WE ARE LUCKY”

he helped to free three more people. Then he went through the whole street checking up the whereabouts of all the residents in case any might be still beneath the wrecked buildings.

Some people wrote to the Town Council expressing their admiration. The Mayor called to thank Taffy.

When Mrs. Churchill, the Premier's wife, visited the district a few days later, she asked to be introduced to the man all the people were talking about.

Said the Mayor “We are lucky to have such a chap in the borough.”

LETTER FROM CHIEF OF A. R. P.

The following is a copy of a letter received from the Chief of A. R. P. Fire Brigade, Chingford, E.4

“Dear Sir, — As an ordinary member of the public, the writer wishes to draw attention to the following —

“During rescue operations at last night's fire a man addressed as ‘Taffy,' and since he carried an axe and knew how o use it, was apparently a fireman, worked with such skill and courage that the writer considers his conduct deserves special attention.

“There were at first only a very few of us available for rescue work, and the first few casualties were brought out only by burrowing under the debris with bare hands. ‘Taffy,' worked like a Trojan, and what was even more important among will meaning but hardly skilled volunteers, he showed noteworthy skill and endurance.

“At one stage the writer, who was assisting him in a small way, had to insist upon ‘Taffy' coming out for a ‘breath of fresh air.' After getting out as many as possible from the front, and being unable to proceed further in that direction, although still hearing faint cries we went around to the back, getting a man clear, and then leaving him to others, on the way.

“Here again, amongst a group of very able firemen who were then able to assist, ‘Taffy' showed skill and courage of a high order, and eventually the people were freed.

“Now, Sir, the above report is not just an impulsive action by an irresponsible person, but is the considered opinion of one accustomed to the control of men, and an eye witness of the whole proceedings. Should you require any further details, please do not hesitate to write.

“Trusting to receive the favour of a reply. — Yours faithfully.

“(Sgd.) G. P. POVALL.

“23, Loxham Road,

“South Chingford,

“E.4.”

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