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  • Name: Rupert Price HALLOWES
  • D.O.B: 5th May, 1881
  • D.O.A: 30th September, 1915
  • D.O.D: 30th September, 1915
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Temporary Second Lieutenant, 4th Battalion The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge’s Own), 8th Brigade, 3rd Division

Hooge, Belgium 25-30 September 1915

25-30 September 1915

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The First World War 1915 

As part of the diversionary actions accompanying the Battle of Loos, 4th Battalion The Middlesex Regiment took part in a British offensive against the German positions at Hooge on the Ypres-Menin road, just east of Ypres. The 4th Middlesex were to act as a reserve but were soon required to relieve other regiments in the trenches. Over the next six days they had to endure four severe bombardments and it was during this period that Temporary Second Lieutenant R P Hallowes displayed great bravery.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during the fighting at Hooge between 25th September and 1st October, 1915. Second Lieutenant Hallowes displayed throughout these days the greatest bravery and untiring energy, and set a magnificent example to his men during four heavy and prolonged bombardments. On more than one occasion he climbed up on the parapet, utterly regardless of danger, in order to put fresh heart into his men. He made daring reconnaissances of the German positions in our lines. When the supply of bombs was running short he went back under very heavy shell fire and brought up a fresh supply. Even after he was mortally wounded he continued to cheer those around him and to inspire them with fresh courage. 

Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 16 November 1915. 18 November 1915, Numb. 29371, p. 11448

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