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  • Guy Gibson VC

    bigpicWing Commander Guy Penrose Gibson VC, the leader of the legendary Dam Busters raid over Germany in World War II, was not only an honorary member of The Glamorganshire Golf Club, but when the news came that he had been awarded the Victoria Cross he celebrated that night in the Clubhouse.

    Wing Commander Gibson's association with The Glamorganshire began when the air ace met a young Penarthian, Eve Moore, at a party in Coventry during early December 1939 while he was on three days rest leave at his brothers house.


    The following year Gibson and Eve were married at All Saints Church in Penarth. Guy Gibson flew his Blenheim bomber from his airbase in Lincolnshire to RAF St Athan for the wedding.


    Eve's parents, Mr and Mrs Ernest Moore, lived in Archer Road, Penarth, and the couple moved in with them while they considered buying a home of their own. Ernest Moore was a keen golfer and a former Captain of the Club and invited his new son-in-law to join The Glamorganshire as an honorary member.


    After the Dam Busters raid took place in May 1943, widely hailed as a turning point of the War, Gibson spent his two week post-raid leave in Penarth, playing golf on most days. While he was on that leave he had a call from the Air Ministry telling him that he had been awarded the VC. Ernest Moore immediately telephoned the steward at The Glamorganshire and asked him to lay on as many drinks as he could find, and the whole family went down to celebrate in style at the Clubhouse.


    Gibson was an enthusiastic golfer and often returned to his favourite course at The Glamorganshire while on leave until his death

 
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