It seems that in Britain, only those that were born prior to the end of World War II were endowed with traits such as bravery and courage.
A judge has hailed the heroism of an 83-year-old war veteran who tackled a gunman during a robbery at a bookmakers while other customers stood by.
After yesterdays post about Mr Singh, I thought it only fair to mention another elderly hero, this one in his eighties!
Ubique – Everywhere
Sidney Bannister tackled the robber despite the fact that he had a shotgun, all whilst nine other cowards stood by and watched. Same cowards continued to watch as Mr Bannister was smashed in the face by the butt of Rockson’s gun, and no doubt they would have also stood by if Rockson had decided to shoot Mr Bannister.
Clearly the other patrons in the bookmakers had decided that it really had nothing to do with them and that they should not get involved. Of course had Rockson decided to rob them too, or worse that he should empty both barrels into the lot of them to make up for such a small haul, then it would really have involved them.
Discounting the fact that they didn’t get involved initially, why on earth didn’t they help Mr Bannister when he decided to intervene? I just hope that Mr Bannister now places his bets elsewhere, rather than have to look as those sorry men.
Like Mr Singh, Mr Bannister was also awarded a few hundred pounds for his bravery, but no medal. He said:
‘I wasn’t being brave that day – I just acted on human instinct which I would have hoped most men have. I had seen this man raise a gun at a woman and grab some money … and when he started to make a run for it I just thought, “Why should he be allowed to get away with it?”‘
Precisely, it is just a shame that no one else thought the same as it could have saved a lot of people a lot of stress and trauma in the long run.
People have to realise that if they want people to come to their aid when they are in trouble, they should be willing to do the same.