GOULD, Thomas William  
Name:  Gould, Thomas William
Date of birth: December 28th, 1914 (Dover, Great Britain)
Date of death:  December 6th, 2001 (Peterborough, Great Britain)
Nationality:  British
Rank: Petty Officer
Unit: Royal Navy
Action: After the attack and the destroying of a fuelling ship on February 16, 1942 at north of Crete by the submarine HM Thrasher, the crew discovered when they came above two unexploded shells. Lieutenant Roberts and Petty Officer Gould could remove the first without any difficulties. But the second one was on a very difficult position. It was hard to come at this position. Gould was however able, lying on his back, to remove the unexploded shell and lay them on his chest. Now Roberts caught him at his shoulders and dragged him carefully to himself. After forty minutes they could dismantle the unexploded shell and throw it overboard.
Details: Thomas Gould is the only Jewish recipient of Victoria Cross during the Second World War. His V.C. was, when these were sold by auction in October 1987 at Sotheby's, bought for 44,000,- by the Association of Jewish Ex-Serviceman.
Thomas William Gould, Peterborough Crematorium, Great Britain.
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Information source(s):   - Victoria Cross Reference
- The Register of the Victoria Cross - published by This Engeland 1997 - ISBN 0906324270
- Special thanks to Iain Stewart from The History of the Victoria Cross
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