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  • Name: Frederick William HEDGES
  • D.O.B: 6th Jun, 1896
  • D.O.A: 24th Oct, 1918
  • D.O.D: 29th May, 1954
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Temporary Lieutenant, The Bedfordshire Regiment, attached 6th Battalion The Northamptonshire Regiment, 54th Brigade, 18th Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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The advance east of the Selle, France 23-24 October 1918

23-24 October 1918

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The First World War 1918 

On 23 and 24 October 1918, Third and Fourth Armies continued their advance east of the River Selle. 9th Battalion The King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry was towards the right (southern) flank of Third Army. On the 23rd Acting Lieutenant Colonel H Greenwood distinguished himself by his gallantry during the capture of Ovillers, south-east of Solesmes and north of Le Cateau. The following day as his Division progressed north-east towards Englefontaine he again showed great gallantry in the fighting south of Poix-du-Nord. Just to the south of the road running north-east from Le Cateau-Cambrésis through Englefontaine, responsibility for the attack passed to Fourth Army. On 23 October 1918 25th Division advanced through Pommereuil, east of Le Cateau, and Private F G Miles 1/5th Battalion The Gloucestershire Regiment showed conspicuous bravery in capturing enemy machineguns in the western part of the Bois L’Évêque beyond. To the north, Bousies, to the south of the Le Cateau-Englefontaine road, was also captured on the 23rd. On the 24th, 6th Battalion The Northamptonshire Regiment was ordered to advance north-east to Hecq, just south of Englefontaine. Temporary Lieutenant F W Hedges played a significant role in the fighting that day near Renuart Farm, west of Hecq and north of Robersart.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and initiative during the operations north-east of Bousies on the 24th October, 1918. He led his company with great skill towards the final objective, maintaining direction under the most difficult conditions. When the advance was held up by machine-gun posts, accompanied by one Serjeant and followed at some considerable distance by a Lewis-gun section, he again advanced and displayed the greatest determination, capturing six machine guns and 14 prisoners. His gallantry and initiative enabled the whole line to advance, and tended largely to the success of subsequent operations. 

Eighth Supplement to The London Gazette of 28 January 1919. 31 January 1919, Numb. 31155, p. 1503

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