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#805289 - 5th Jul 2013 4:47pm Norman Tunna, GC
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Was Norman Tunna, the Birkenhead railwayman who won the George Cross during the Second World War, related to Charles Tunna, who used to have a barber's shop in Borough Road, Birkenhead? It's quite an unusual name, so it seems likely.

Info about Norman Tunna here ...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Tunna


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#805323 - 5th Jul 2013 7:29pm Re: Norman Tunna, GC [Re: yoller]
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what a brave man... withthat

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#805345 - 5th Jul 2013 8:39pm Re: Norman Tunna, GC [Re: yoller]
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Interesting read.thanks for this info.
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#805420 - 6th Jul 2013 5:37am Re: Norman Tunna, GC [Re: missmoneypenny]
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Brothers,

Charles Tunna, 1911-1967

below 1911 census and 1964 Telephone Book.


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#805447 - 6th Jul 2013 10:15am Re: Norman Tunna, GC [Re: yoller]
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Thanks for that, Bert. I often used to pass Charles Tunna's barber shop in Borough Road and the name rang a bell when I read about Norman Tunna.

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#805451 - 6th Jul 2013 10:29am Re: Norman Tunna, GC [Re: yoller]
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You're welcome, Yoller,

and from the London Gazette,


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#805475 - 6th Jul 2013 11:32am Re: Norman Tunna, GC [Re: bert1]
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A really interesting story about a very brave man - thanks!

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#805506 - 6th Jul 2013 12:46pm Re: Norman Tunna, GC [Re: goodoldphil]
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I wonder if he was related to Ron Tunna who was a groundsman at the Oval in Bebington until he retired about 1987 or 1988 I think. He would have been born late 1920's or early 30's.
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#805516 - 6th Jul 2013 1:19pm Re: Norman Tunna, GC [Re: Capt_America]
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Ron was a nephew, Captain.

The son of Normans brother Albert, Ron was born 1929.
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#805792 - 7th Jul 2013 3:42pm Re: Norman Tunna, GC [Re: bert1]
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Thanks for that Bert. I worked with Ron for a few years. Nice guy but blind as a bat!
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#806482 - 10th Jul 2013 2:49pm Re: Norman Tunna, GC [Re: Capt_America]
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To see what might have happened - have a look for Soham railway disaster - which involved a smaller train.

The bravery of this man was amazing.

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#807822 - 15th Jul 2013 6:05pm Re: Norman Tunna, GC [Re: yoller]
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These are the front and back pages of the Hornet comic in 1966 - Norman Tunna and the burning bomb.


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#807824 - 15th Jul 2013 6:11pm Re: Norman Tunna, GC [Re: yoller]
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There is also an account of the incident in his own words via this Google Books link ...

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=t74ma...nna&f=false

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