• Patrick VC Bugden

Army / Flying Corps
  • 31st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 8th Brigade
  • Private

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  • Victoria Cross (VC)
  • Born at Lismore, New South Wales, Australia

    Wednesday, 17 March 1897

  • Enlistment - WW1 at Brisbane, Queensland

    Friday, 26 May 1916

  • Embarked at Brisbane on HMAT A49 Seang Choon

    Tuesday, 19 September 1916

  • Disembarked at Plymouth, Devon, England

    Saturday, 9 December 1916

  • Proceeded overseas to France

    Tuesday, 16 January 1917

  • Killed in action at Polygon Wood, Ypres, Belgium

    Friday, 28 September 1917

  • Buried at Hooge Crater Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium

    Friday, 28 September 1917

Stories and comments
    • Paddy Bugden.VC
    • Posted by aussiedigger, Saturday, 6 December 2014

    Pte Bugden was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for "most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when on two occasions our advance was temporarily held up by strongly defended `pillboxes'" on 26 - 28 September 1917 at Polygon Wood, near Ypres, Belgium. Pte Bugden, under heavy machine gun fire, led small parties to attack the machine guns and captured the garrison. On another occasion he single handedly rescued a fellow soldier who had been taken prisoner. On five other occasions he rescued wounded men under heavy shell and machine gun fire. It was on the fifth occasion that Pte Bugden was killed in September 1917.

    • AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Wednesday, 18 January 2017

    Studio portrait of 3774 Private (Pte) Patrick Joseph Bugden VC, 31st Battalion. A hotel keeper from Alstonville, New South Wales, prior to enlistment on 25 May 1916 he embarked from Brisbane aboard the HMAT Seang Choon on 19 September 1916 for Plymouth, England, before joining his battalion on the Western Front, France, on 19 March 1917. Pte Bugden was killed in action at Polygon Wood, Belgium, on 28 September 1917. He was aged 20 years. Pte Bugden was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. His citation for this award reads as follows: "At Polygon Wood on 26 to 28 September 1917, Pte Bugden displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On two occasions the advance was temporarily held up by strongly defended 'pill boxes'. This man in the face of devastating fire from machine guns gallantly led small parties to attack these strong points and successfully silencing the machine guns with bombs, captured the garrison at the point of the bayonet. On another occasion when a Corporal had become detached from his Company, had been captured and was being taken to the rear by three Germans, Pte Bugden single handed rushed to his rescue, shot one German and bayoneted the remaining two, thus releasing the Corporal. On five occasions he rescued wounded men under intense shell and machine gun fire showing an utter contempt and disregard for danger. Always foremost in volunteering for any dangerous mission it was during the execution of one of these missions that he was killed."

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    • AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Wednesday, 18 January 2017

    Queensland Museum image of BUGDEN Victoria Cross

    Queensland Museum
    • AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Friday, 2 March 2018

    Service number 3774 Rank Private Unit 31st Australian Infantry Battalion Service Australian Imperial Force Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918 Conflict Eligibility Date First World War, 1914-1921 Date of Death 28 September 1917 Place of Death Belgium Cause of Death Killed in action Age at Death 20 Place of Association Alstonville, New South Wales, Australia Cemetery or Memorial Details Hooge Crater Cemetery, Passchendaele, Flanders, Belgium Source AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army

    • AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Friday, 2 March 2018

    Honours and Awards Patrick Joseph Bugden Service number 3774 Rank Private Unit 31st Australian Infantry Battalion Service Australian Imperial Force Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918 Award Victoria Cross Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 7 March 1918 on page 401 at position 4 London Gazette 26 November 1917 on page 12327 at position 2

    • BUGDEN VC AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Friday, 2 March 2018

    Honours and Awards Patrick Joseph Bugden Service number 3774 Rank Private Unit 31st Australian Infantry Battalion Service Australian Imperial Force Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918 Award Victoria Cross Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 7 March 1918 on page 401 at position 4 London Gazette 26 November 1917 on page 12327 at position 2

    BUGDEN VC
    • http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4962892/centenary-of-the-great-war/ AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Saturday, 3 March 2018

    http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4962892/centenary-of-the-great-war/

    http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4962892/centenary-of-the-great-war/