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Pte. Patrick Bugden VC.
Australian Imperial Force 31st Btn.
from:Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
(d.28th Sep 1918)Patrick Bugden served with the 31st Battalion, Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force during WW1. He was killed in action on the 28th September 1918 and buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery in Belgium. He was the son of Thomas and Annie Bugden, of Hotel Wells, Tweed Heads, New South Wales. he was born at Gundurimba, New South Wales.
An extract from The London Gazette, No. 30400, dated 26th Nov., 1917, records the following:- For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when on two occasions our advance was temporarily held up by strongly defended "pill-boxes". Pte. Bugden, in the face of devastating fire from machine guns, gallantly led small parties to attack these strong points and, successfully silencing the machine guns with bombs, captured the garrison at the point of the bayonet. On another occasion, when a Corporal, who had become detached from his company, had been captured and was being taken to the rear by the enemy, Pte. Bugden, single-handed, rushed to the rescue of his comrade, shot one enemy and bayoneted the remaining two, thus releasing the Corporal. On five occasions he rescued wounded men under intense shell and machine gun fire, showing an utter contempt and disregard for danger. Always foremost in volunteering for any dangerous mission, it was during the execution of one of these missions that this gallant soldier was killed.
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