A medal collector has called for help to save a George Cross given to a brave Birmingham factory worker for the city.
William Waterson was honoured for trying to save a colleague who was suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning after an accident at the General Electric Company factory in 1945. The man later died but Mr Waterson spent five days in hospital. His bravery earned him the Edward Medal in Bronze for Industry, which is in the care of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. But Mr Waterson exchanged it for the George Cross – the highest civilian bravery award – in 1971, two years before he died.
Now the George Cross is to be sold at auction in London on Thursday, sparking a call from Birmingham medal collector Phil Duggan for it to be bought and housed alongside the Edward Medal in the museum. Officials from the museum have already told Mr Duggan they cannot afford the £6,000 the honour is expected to fetch.
Mr Duggan said: “Given that we’ve already got the Edward Medal I thought it would be nice to have the pair,” he said.