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Frances Walsh, GM

Name: Frances Walsh

Death: 2 November 1961

Place of Internment:

  • Ocean View Burial Park, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada


  • Mrs Frances Walsh was awarded the George Medal for her actions on 10 November 1941. On 10 November 1941 Mrs Walsh, a school teacher at Big Hill Springs School north of Calgary, Albera, Canada was conducting classes when Tiger Moth – 4833 crashed in the school yard. Mrs Walsh pulled Leading Aircraftman Karl Mander Gravell from the burning wreckage as he struggled in vain to pull the pilot, Flying Officer James Robinson from the aircraft. Flying Officer James Robinson unfortunately had been killed in the crash. For his actions in trying to save F/O Robinson, LAC Gravell was awarded the George Cross, this medal was awarded post humously as LAC Gravell died later that day from wounds he received in the crash and in the failed rescue attempt. This is the only incident in history where a George Cross and George Medal were awarded for the same action.
  • Married Ken Walsh (taken from her son’s find a grave page)
  • Was remarried and divorced from William Biers (find a grave)
  • Her son Flying Officer Harold Francis Walsh was killed in the crash of a T-33 in Manitoba in 1955. (will create a page in the near future)
  • It appears the was possibly divorced twice.
  • Died at the Lions Gate Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia on 2 November 1961 at the age of 45.

Further research is required.

Awards and Medals

  • George Medal
    • Mrs Walsh’s George Medal is presently in the Collection of the Bomber Command Museum of Canada, in Nanton, Alberta.


  • https://www.bombercommandmuseumarchives.ca/s,walsh.html
  • https://www.teachers.ab.ca/News%20Room/ata%20news/Vol52/Number-6/Pages/From-the-Archives.aspx
  • https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/canadian-air-force-world-war-karl-grayell-james-robinson-frances-walsh-1.4900215
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/191544964/frances-gertude-biers : accessed 04 January 2022), memorial page for Frances Gertude Hamlin Biers (21 Oct 1916–2 Nov 1961), Find a Grave Memorial ID 191544964, citing Ocean View Burial Park, Burnaby, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada ; Maintained by Find a Grave (contributor 8) Cremated.

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