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The monument commemorates Paddy Bugden who was awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.) during World War One. 

He was approximately 20 years old and a private in the 31st Battalion, Australian Imperial Force during World War  One when he displayed the bravery for which he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

During the period 26 September to 28 September 1917 at Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, Belgium, an advance was held up by strongly defended pillboxes. Private Bugden, despite devastating machine-gun fire, twice led small parties against these strong points and, successfully silencing the guns, captured the enemy at the point of the bayonet. On another occasion, he rescued a corporal from capture when, single-handed, he rushed up, shot one of the enemy, and bayoneted the other two. On five occasions he rescued wounded men under intense shell and machine-gun fire, showing an utter contempt and disregard for danger. He was killed during one of these missions.

He is buried in the Hooge Crater Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in Belgium.


Address:Budgen Avenue, Alstonville, 2477
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.839295
Long: 153.439025
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:26-September-1917
Actual Event End Date:28-September-1917
Monument Designer:Max Maxted (sculptor)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 28th September, 1997
Front Inscription

Private P.J. (Paddy) Bugden VC No. 3774 

31st Battalion 1st A.I.F. 

Born: Tatham NSW 17.3.1897
Died :Ypres, Belgium 28.9.1917

In Recognition of his Service Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

"We are going into the firing line tomorrow. If by chance anything happens, I feel that I shall gain a place of happiness for I have never done a deed that I am ashamed of so I fear nothing." Extract from letter to mother 9.1.1917

A 25th anniversary project of the Rotary Club of Alstonville.

Unveiled 28. 9. 1997 

His Excellency Major General P.M. Arnison, AO 
Governor of Queensland

Back Inscription

Paddy Bugden V.C
France 1917


For most conspicuous bravery, when, in the face of devastating machine - gun fire, heled the attack on pillboxes with bombs and captured them at the point of the bayonet.

Susbsequently, he single handedly charged to rescue his Coporal who had been captured, during which he shot one German and bayoneted two others.

On five occasions he rescued wounded men under intense shell and machine - gun fire, on a final mission being killed.

"In admiration of your deeds"

2/7th Commando Sqn WW11


Inscription in Proximity

Paddy Bugden VC Memorial

Plaque :

This avenue was dedicated on ANZAC Day, 1948 to the memory of Pte P. J. Budgen, V.C. killed in action 1917

And to all who paid the supreme sacrifice in the wars of 1914 - 1918 and 1939 - 1945

"Greater love hath no man"

Source: SKP, MA
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