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Derek Godfrey Kinne GC (born 11 January 1930) was a British soldier. He is best known for receiving the George Cross because of his actions in the Korean War.

Early life

Kinne was born in Nottingham and raised in Leeds.


In 1950, he joined the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. He was taken prisoner by the North Koreans on 25 April 1951. He was not released until 10 August 1953. His name was His name was recommended for the George Cross because of his actions during the time he was a prisoner of war. According to Lord Ashcroft, he arguably went through more suffering that any of the 159 individuals to have been awarded the George Cross.

Notice of his award was published in the London Gazette on 9 April 1954. He became one of the very few living holders of the George Cross.

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