Personal info

  • Name: Thomas HUGHES
  • D.O.B: 10th November, 1885
  • D.O.A: 3rd September, 1916
  • D.O.D: 4th January, 1942
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 6th Battalion The Connaught Rangers, 47th Brigade, 16th Division

Guillemont, France 3-5 September 1916

3-5 September 1916

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The First World War. 1916 

At Guillemont the Germans had withstood attacks on 30 July (see above) and 8 and 9 August 1916 (see above). The village was finally taken on 3 September by forces which included the 10th King’s Royal Rifle Corps, the 6th Connaught Rangers, the 12th King’s (Liverpool) Regiment and the 7th Leinster Regiment. The advance continued east towards Ginchy over the following days but was fiercely contested.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and determination. He was wounded in an attack, but returned at once to the firing line after having his wounds dressed. Later, seeing a hostile machine-gun, he dashed out in front of his company, shot the gunner, and single-handed captured the gun. Though again wounded, he brought back three or four prisoners. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 24 October 1916. 26th October 1916. Numb. 29802, p. 10395

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