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  • Name: James Palmer HUFFAM
  • D.O.B: 31st March, 1897
  • D.O.A: 31st August, 1918
  • D.O.D: 16th February, 1968
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Second Lieutenant, 5th Battalion The Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), attached 2nd Battalion, 12th Brigade, 4th Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Near Vis-en-Artois, south-east of Monchy-le-Preux, France 31 August 1918

31 August 1918

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The First World War 1918 

As First Army, which had launched the Battle of the Scarpe on 26 August 1918, continued to push the Germans eastward in the Arras Sector, 5th Battalion The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment was involved in fighting at St Servin’s farm near Vis-en-Artois, a village on the Arras to Cambrai road, south-east of Arras.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the 31st Aug., 1918. With three men he rushed an enemy machine-gun post and put it out of action. His post was then heavily attacked and he withdrew fighting, carrying back a wounded comrade. Again on the night of 31st Aug., 1918, at St. Servin’s Farm, accompanied by two men only, he rushed an enemy machine gun, capturing eight prisoners and enabling the advance to continue. Throughout the whole of the fighting from Aug. 29th to Sept. 1st, 1918, he showed the utmost gallantry. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 24 December 1918. 26 December 1918, Numb. 31082, p. 15118

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