Private Patrick Joseph Bugden was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. He displayed outstanding bravery at Polygon Wood 26th - 28th September 1917. On two occasions, when held up by intense machine-gun fire, he led small parties to silence the posts. Five times he rescued wounded mates and men trapped by shelling and machine-guns. Once, seeing that an Aussie had been taken prisoner by the enemy he single handedly rushed to his comrades aid by shooting and bayoneting the enemy. He kept fighting that day until he was killed in action. He was always foremost in volunteering for any dangerous missions.He was 20 yrs old.
I was honoured to have been able to pay my respects in person at Hooge Crater cemetry, Zillebeke, Belgium.
Thanks Patrick. We still remember.
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