Not exactly the face of ball of steel

Nor really the name:

Frank Giblett obituary
Bomb disposal expert who was awarded the George Medal for his persistent courage during the Eoka campaign in Cyprus

What’s that line? Not all heroes wear a cape? Nor, perhaps we should add, look like they should either.

At just 5ft 6in and slightly built

15 thoughts on “Not exactly the face of ball of steel”

  1. I can only congratulate him. I’m sure my hands would have been trembling so much the damned things would have blown up.

  2. Bloke in North Dorset

    I read Bombs Have No Pity by George Styles GC just after came out in 1975.

    An amazing group of people and it left quite an impression.

  3. Bloke in North Dorset

    I read Bombs Have No Pity by George Styles GC when came out in 1975.

    An amazing group of people and it left quite an impression.

  4. I heard the interesting comparison that earlier generations were asked to sacrifice their lives to protect our freedoms whilst we are now being told to sacrifice our freedoms to (supposedly) save lives.

  5. *Exactly* the face of a man with balls of steel – just not the popular image of one.
    Custom-made spectacles so as to optimise his vision when defusing bombs.

  6. Also “supreme courage” by Peter de la Billiere. He does explain the difference between what he calls “hot” and “cold” courage. A more striking example of the latter its difficult to imagine.

    Hells teeth, I’m trying to imagine how fast I would have run away!

  7. As the saying goes, those who are not prepared to stand behind our armed forces, are welcome to stand in front.

  8. The heroes of this century when it is written could well be those who gave their lives doing vaccine challenger trials.
    And the people of TW.

  9. Bloke in North Dorset

    “I heard the interesting comparison that earlier generations were asked to sacrifice their lives to protect our freedoms whilst we are now being told to sacrifice our freedoms to (supposedly) save lives.”

    Excellent, although I would argue we’re being asked to give up our freedoms to save their hurty feelings.

  10. @Andrew C – “earlier generations were asked to sacrifice their lives to protect our freedoms whilst we are now being told to sacrifice our freedoms to (supposedly) save lives”

    Earllier generations were conscripted, so lost freedom as well as lives. Nobody now is being deprived of freedom to anything even remotely approaching that.

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