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A 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 the First World War 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|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||04-August-1914|
|Approx. Event Start Date:||26-September-1917|
|Actual Event End Date:||28-June-1919|
|Approx. Event End Date:||28-September-1917|
|Monument Designer:||Max Maxted (sculptor)|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 28th September, 1997|
Private P.J. (Paddy) Bugden VC No. 3774 31st Battalion 1st A.I.F. Born: Tatham NSW 17.3.1897 Dies en: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