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Gallantry Citations and Awards

Compiled and Copyright © Cliff Brown 2000

During any conflict there are certain acts of bravery or defiance that are noticeable above others. For these acts citations and medals have been awarded. This is a list of some of the Huntingdonshire people who have carried out such acts and the award or citation given.


D.C.M

D.S.O.

M.C.

M.M.

V.C.

Surname

Forename(s)

Award

Details

Memorial/Place

When

ABRAHAM

George

DCM

Pte. Hunts County News 31-5-18. Hail Weston.

Hail Weston

WW1

AFFORD

Joe

MC, DCM

Sgt. Offord. 8939, Bedfordshire Regiment. DCM (LG 22-9-16). Rescued wounded captain and wounded himself. Promoted Company Sergeant Major. Hunts Post 15-9-16. Later commissioned. Captain, awarded MC. HP 19-10-17.

Offord

 

WW1

ASHPOLE

G W

MM

Sergeant, 1/6th Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. 32 West Street, Newtown, Huntingdon.

Huntingdon

WW1

AYRES

W

MM

Cpl. Royal Engineers, 8 East Street, St Neots. Awarded during Battle of Messines. Hunts Post 7-9-17.

St Neots

WW1

BARNETT

George

MM & Bar

L/Cpl. Hail Weston. Hunts County News 31-5-18.

Hail Weston

WW1

BENNETT

A C

MM

203409 Pte. Huntingdon. Warwickshire Reg.

Huntingdon

WW1

BOUTALL

Alfred

DSM & Medal of St George (Russia)

Chief Petty Officer. Formerly St Neots. RNAS armoured cars, Russia. Hunts Post 23-11-17

St Neots

WW1

BRISTOW

Marenza

MM

20766 Lance Corporal, 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment Killed in action 22 August 1918. Husband of Agnes Bristow. Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

Pondersbridge

WW1

BROWN

Harry

MM

Pte. Kimbolton. Wounded and awarded MM. Killed in action . Hunts Post 23-11-17.

Kimbolton

WW1

CARDELL

E P

MC & MiD

Major. Great Paxton. Mentioned in Despatches three times. Hunts Post 28-12-17. MC, Hunts County News 29-3-18.

Great Paxton

 

WW1

COOPER

J

MM

Sgt. Formerly Huntingdon, parents living Coventry. Lancashire Fusiliers. Hunts Post 17-11-16.

Huntingdon

WW1

CATLING

G W

MM

Pte. Hail Weston. Hunts Post 20-7-17.

Hail Weston

WW1

COOK

Frank

MM

Pte. Eaton Ford. Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Hunts Post 2-11-17. Later wounded, Hunts County News 3-5-18.

Eaton Ford

WW1

CROOTE

James

DCM

Sgt. Waresley. Hunts Post 4-5-17.

Waresley

WW1

DAVIES

E

DCM

Sgt-Major. Kimbolton. Hunts County News 10-5-15.

Kimbolton

WW1

DESBOROUGH

Victor

MC

Lieut. Ammunition dump exploded near his battery causing heavy casualties to men and horses. He extricated the horses and organised the rescue of the wounded during shelling. Hunts County News 7-6-18.

Hunts

WW1

EDWARDS

Fred

MM & Bar

Sgt Son of Mr & Mrs Edwards, Holwood Farm, Chatteris Rd, Somersham. Husband of Mrs Edwards, of Blackpool, Lancs. MM for gallantry in Western Desert 13-8-42; Bar for action in North Africa, 19-8-43. Cambs Times 3-11-44.

Somersham

WW2

FOSTER

Thomas

MM

Pte. Lieut. Godmanchester. Middlesex Regiment. Carried wounded officer to safety. Hunts Post 27-6-17.

Godmanchester

WW1

FRASER

M F K

MC

Holywell. Yorks and Lancs Regiment. For work as intelligence officer. Hunts Post 5-10-17.

Holywell

 

WW1

GRAVES

W F

DCM

Sgt. Huntingdon. 67580, Machine Guns Corps. (LG 28-3-18). Devotion to duty during extraordinarily heavy shellfire. Hunts County News 25-1-18.

Huntingdon

WW1

GREEN

John Leslie

VC

Lieut. Son of Mr John George & Florence May Green JP, of Houghton (later St Mark's Lodge, Cambridge). Born Buckden, December 1888. Educated Felsted School and Downing College, Cambridge and St Bartholomew's Hospital. MRCS, LRCP. House surgeon at Huntingdon County Hospital. Went to Africa as surgeon. Joined Royal Army Medical Corps in 1915, as medical officer to 5th South Staffordshire Rgt, later transferred to 5th Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Rgt). Married Dr Edith May Moss, MB, on 1-1-16. VC for action on 1-7-16.

His wife was told: "He was advancing in the rear of his battalion in the assault. On reaching the wire, he found an officer wounded, moved him to a shell hole and dressed the wounded under continuous fire. He then carried him back towards our lines, though wounded himself, about 200 yards. Just before reaching our advanced line the brother officer was hit again. Your husband started to dress his wound when he was shot through the head." Killed in action 1-7-16, age 26. Hunts Post 28-7-16.

Citation (LG 4-8-16): "For most conspicuous devotion to duty. Although himself wounded, he went to the assistance of an officer who had been wounded and was hung up on the enemy's wire entanglements, and succeeded in dragging him to a shell hole, where he dressed his wounds, notwithstanding that bombs and rifle grenades were thrown at him the whole time. Captain Green then endeavoured to bring the wounded officer into safe cover, and had nearly succeeded in doing so when he was himself killed."

Buried Foncquevillers Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

For more information follow this link.

Buckden

 

WW1

GRIFFITHS

H

Medaille Militaire, France

 

Gnr. Great Paxton. Royal Garrison Artillery. For rescuing several wounded Frenchman under heavy shellfire at La Forest, Somme, on 5-12-16. Hunts Post 7-12-17.

Great Paxton

 

WW1

HAWKES

T

DCM

Pte. Formerly Brampton. 687179, Canadian Infantry (11th Canadian Infantry Brigade). For 1-9-17, at Alpacha Trench, valuable reconnaissance & 5-9-17, took part in attack on Alpacha Trench, only survivor. Led second attack which was successful & rescued two wounded men and beat off two counter attacks. (LG 6-2-18). Hunts Post 16-11-17.

Brampton

 

WW1

HAWKINS

Elijah

MM

Pte. Little Staughton. Stretcher bearer, Polygon Wood, 1917. HP 9-11-17.

Little Staughton

WW1

HILL

A

MM

Staff-Sgt. Huntingdon. Royal Army Medical Corps, attached Irish Division. Hunts Post 26-10-17.

Huntingdon

WW1

HILL

A V

MM

L/Cpl. St Neots. Hunts Post 30-11-17.

St Neots

WW1

HOLLINGTON

F

Croix de Guerre

Sgt-Major. Godmanchester. 2660, 4th Hussars. Hunts Post 2-3-17.

Godmanchester

WW1

HORNSBY

Albert

MM

Sgt. Ramsey. Awarded in 1916. Hunts Post 28-12-17.

Ramsey

WW1

HORNSBY

Frank

MM

Cpl. Ramsey. Royal Field Artillery. For rescuing wounded and getting them to dressing station under heavy shellfire in November, 1917. Hunts Post 28-12-17.

Ramsey

 

WW1

HURL

Arthur

MM

Pte. St Ives. Machine Gun Corps. For covering retreat, 31-7-17. Hunts Post 31-8-17.

St Ives

WW1

HUMPHREY

Horace

MM

L/Cpl. Diddington. Hunts County News 14-6-18.

Diddington

WW1

HUNT

Charles

Certificate of Gallant Conduct

Pte. Kimbolton. Northamptonshire Regiment. For Rosieres, 26-3-18, lewis gunner, prevented German flanking movement. Hunts County News 7-6-18.

Kimbolton

 

WW1

HUTCHINGS

Percy

MM

Pte. St Ives. Gordon Highlanders. For 28-8-17. Hunts Post 7-12-17.

St Ives

WW1

INGLE

Wright

DSC & Cross of Order of St Gladimir (Russia)

Lieut. Hilton. RNAS Armoured Cars. For action on the Dobrudja, Roumania. Hunts County News 1-3-18.

Hilton

WW1

IVATT

Harold

MC

Capt. Hemingford Abbotts. 5th South Staffordshire Regiment. MC during capture of Hohenzollen Redoubt. Killed in action 21-5-18. Hunts County News 31-5-18.

Hemingford Abbotts

WW1

JAKES

A

MM

Pte. Earith. 66997, Royal Fusiliers. Westhoek Ridge, 10-8-17, cut off in shell hole, sniped enemy, and got back in darkness.

Earith

 

WW1

KING

L

MM

Pte. Diddington. Stretcher bearer. Hunts Post 12-10-17.

Diddington

WW1

KING

S

MM (?)

Pte. Potton & Eynesbury. Stretcher bearer, 3/6-8-17. Hunts Post 23-11-17.

Potton & Eynesbury

WW1

KISBY

A H

MM

Sgt. Great Gransden. Hunts County News 8-2-18.

Great Gransden

WW1

KNIGHTS

W O

MM

Sgt. St Ives. Royal Marine Light Infantry. MM at Ginchy, Somme, although wounded he stayed with battery until the fight was over. Hunts Post 15-9-16.

St Ives

WW1

LIVETT

J E

MM

Pte. Hertford. Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. MM during capture of Vimy Ridge. Stretcher bearer. Killed in action . Hunts Post 7-12-17.

Hertford?

 

WW1

LOCKE

Willie

Medal of St George (Russia)

Chief Petty Officer. Hemingford Park. Received for action when Killed in action 1-7-17, Austrian front. Hunts County News 22-2-18.

Hemingford Park

 

WW1

LOCKER-LAMPSON

Oliver Stillingfleet

CMG & DSO

MP for Hunts. Born London, educated Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. Lawyer then MP before First World War. Served on Western Front and in Russia 1914-17 commanding No 15 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service, Armoured Car Squadron.

Hunts

 

WW1

LONGBOURNE

Hugh R

DSO

Captain. Former commanding officer of Ramsey company of the Huntingdonshire Cyclists. An agent for Lord de Ramsey. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Rgt). DSO for gallantry at Schwaben Redoubt, Thiepval, Somme, (LG 25-11-16): "He crawled to within 25 yards of an enemy strongpoint and bombed the enemy with good effect. Later, with a sergeant and a private, he rushed the strongpoint, capturing a machine gun and 40 unwounded prisoners." Killed in action 22-5-17, at Cherisy.

Ramsey

 

WW1

MACER

Leonard

DSM

Able Seaman. Pidley. Sinking of German U-boat. Hunts Post 17-8-17.

Pidley

WW1

MADDISON

Cecil Cyril

MM

L/Cpl. Huntingdon. Canadian Infantry. Hunts County News 11-1-18.

Huntingdon

WW1

MARKHAM

H E

MM

Pte. St Neots. Essex Regiment. Hunts County News 18-1-18.

St Neots

WW1

MATTHEWS

W

MM

Sgt. St Neots. Hussars. MM in 1918. Killed in action 28-4-18. Hunts County News 31-5-18.

St Neots

WW1

MAYLE

Herbert

MM

Pte. Huntingdon. Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Hunts Post 15-12-16.

Huntingdon

WW1

NEWTON

C G

MC

Lieut. Formerly of Buckworth. Royal Flying Corps. Hunts County News 17-5-18.

Buckworth

WW1

PALMER

S A

MM

14466 Pte. 2nd Battn Coldstream Guards.

Ramsey

WW1

PAPWORTH

Frank

MM

Pte. High St, Huntingdon. Runner, awarded at Arras. Hunts Post 1-6-17.

Huntingdon

WW1

PARKSINON

G R

MiD

T/Lt. Eldest son of Mr & Mrs Parkinson, The School House, Somersham. 1st Ox & Bucks Light Infantry. Mentioned in Despatches, Mesopotamia. (The Times 10-6-19).

Somersham

 

WW1

PARREN

E

MiD

Cpl. Earith. Royal Air Force. Hunts County News 21-6-18.

Earith

WW1

PAULEY

Robert

MM

Cpl. Hilton. Machine Gun Corps. Manned telephone lines when headquarters evacuated under shellfire. Hunts Post 31-8-17.

Hilton

 

WW1

RICHARDS

M F

MC

Lieut. Brampton. 12th Suffolk Regiment. New Year's Honours, 1918. Hunts County News 25-1-18.

Brampton

WW1

RICHARDSON

Thomas Albert

MM & Bar

23475 Sergeant, 6th Northamptonshire Regiment 18 September 1918.

Pondersbridge &
Ramsey

WW1

RUSSELL

F G

MM

Sgt. Alconbury. Bedfordshire Regiment. For binding up wounded while under fire. Hunts Post 18-8-16.

Alconbury

WW1

SEWARD

Graham

MM

Pte. Godmanchester. Ox & Bucks Light Infantry. Held off Germans with a lewis gun during attack on German trenches. He lay in front of the German wire. Hunts Post 11-15-17.

Godmanchester

WW1

SHARMAN

W

MM

Sgt-Major. Eynesbury. Hunts Post 26-10-17.

Eynesbury

WW1

SIMON(D)S

Bert

MM

Pte. St Ives. For 21-10-17. Carrying important message through barrage. Hunts Post 2-11-17.

St Ives

WW1

SLOMAN

H N P

MC

Lieut. Godmanchester & Sandy. Rifle Brigade. Wounded 30 minutes before attack but carried on until fainted through loss of blood. Hunts Post 19-10-17 & Hunts County News 25-1-18.

Godmanchester & Sandy

WW1

SMITH

Alfred

DCM, CSM

St Neots. 60002, Royal Fusiliers. LG 25-8-17. Hunts Post 23-11-17. Brother of Arthur Smith, MM.

St Neots

WW1

SMITH

Arthur

MM

Pte. St Neots. Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Hunts Post 23-11-17. Brother of Alfred Smith, DCM.

St Neots

WW1

SMITH

G E

MM

Pte. Fenstanton. 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. For 17-2-17, during 18th Division operations against South Miraumont Trench. Hunts Post 27-4-17.

Fenstanton

WW1

SMYTHE

B W

MC

Lieut. Caxton & Eaton Ford. Bedfordshire Regiment. Palestine. Hunts County News 22-2-18.

Caxton & Eaton Ford

WW1

SPRING

F C

MM

L/Cpl. Sandy. Bedfordshire Regiment. Hunts Post 19-10-17.

Sandy

WW1

SYMONDS

Ernest

 

MM

Bdr , Earith. Royal Field Artillery. Signaller. During 1916, for twice repairing telephone wire under fire. Hunts Post 16-11-17.

Earith

 

WW1

THORNHILL

John Evelyn

DSO

Major. Seaforth Highlanders. Enlisted 1899 and served in South African War. DSO in New Year's Honours, 1916, for service in the field (LG 14-1-16). HP 21-1-16. Died 2-10-18.

St Neots.

 

WW1

TOMSON

D V

MC

Lieut. St Neots. Royal Field Artillery. Hunts County News 7-9-17.

St Neots

WW1

TUNSTALL

James T

MC

Reverend. Former Weslyan minister in St Neots. Army chaplain. For 4-10-17, Polygon Wood, attended wounded for 60 hours and saving men when dressing station hit by shell. Hunts Post 6-11-17.

St Neots

WW1

TYSOE

Donald

Medal of St George (Russia)

Petty Officer. Godmanchester. RNAS, armoured cars. Hunts Post 16-11-17.

Godmanchester

 

WW1

WHEATON

H

MM(?)

Pte. 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. Devotion to duty at Miraumont. Hunts Post 4-5-17.

Hunts

WW1

23 March 2003

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