Personal info

  • Name: Charles HULL
  • D.O.B: 24th July, 1890
  • D.O.A: 5th September, 1915
  • D.O.D: 24th July, 1953
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 21st (Empress of India’s) Lancers

Hafiz Kor, North West Frontier Province, India 5 September 1915

5 September 1915

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The First World War 1915 

Throughout 1915 there was agitation along much of the Afghan border with India, partly inspired by religious leaders sympathetic to Turkey. In April, the Mohmands sought to attack Shabkadar Fort, seventeen miles north-west of Peshawar, but were defeated at Hafiz Kor to the north-west. At the end of August, led by the Babra Mullah, the Mohmands again began to gather and on 5 September Major General F Cambell, 1st Peshawar Division, attacked a force of 10,000 tribesmen at Hafiz Kor. After one of the charges by the 21st Lancers, Private C Hull rescued an officer, Captain Learoyd, who had been unhorsed. In October, the Mohmands again invaded British territory but on the 8th were once again defeated by Campbell and forced back into the hills.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery. When under close fire of the enemy, who were within a few yards, he rescued Captain G.E.D. Learoyd, whose horse had been shot, by taking him up behind him and galloping into safety. Shoeing-Smith Hull acted entirely on his own initiative, and saved his officer’s life at the imminent risk of his own. 

The London Gazette of 3 March 1916, Numb. 29496, p. 2349

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