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Patrick BUGDEN

Regimental number3774
Date of birth17 March 1897
Place of birthLismore, New South Wales
SchoolGundurimba Public School, and Tatham Convent School, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressAlstonville, Lismore, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 10.5"
Weight180 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Kelly, Alstonville, Lismore, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year in the Compulsory Military Training scheme (Area 9); equipment returned.
Enlistment date25 May 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 19 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Victoria Cross

Killed in action.
Recommendation date: 2 October 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularName given on RoH circular as Patrick Joseph BUGDEN. Place of birth alternatively given as South Gundurimba, New South Wales.
FateKilled in Action 28 September 1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death20
Place of burialHooge Crater Cemetery (Plot VIII, Row C, Grave No 5), Zillebeke, Belgium
Commemoration details118

Victoria Cross

'For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when, on two occasions, our advance was temporarrily held up by strongly defended "pill boxes". Private 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, Private Bugden, single handed, rushed to the rescue of his comrade, shot one enemy, and bayonetted 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.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsCousins (2nd): 2625 Pte Alfred Edward BUGDEN, 49th Bn, killed in action, Dernancourt, France, 5 April 1918; 390 Pte James Alfred BUGDEN, 2nd Machine Gun Bn, died of wounds, 22 August 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 19 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 December 1916. Marched in to 8th Training Bn, 11 December 1916. Admitted to Isolation Hospital, Hurdcott, 17 December 1916; marched into 8th Training Bn from Isolation Camp, 31 December 1916 (no details of sickness recorded).

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 January 1917; taken on strength, 31st Bn, 19 March 1917.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 3 May 1917 (influenza), and transferred same day to 5th Divisional Rest Station; discharged to duty, 14 May 1917; rejoined unit, 15 May 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 28 September 1917.

Posthumously awarded Victoria Cross.

Medals: Victoria Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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