Monday 18 April 2016

Military Medal for Maurice Winch

Military Medal

Tuesday 18th April 1916: Private Maurice A Winch, A Company, 1st Bedfords, of Welwyn, has won the Military Medal. Private Winch, a sergeant(1) and an officer(2) volunteered to see that certain barbed wire entanglements were in order. They lost their way in the darkness and found themselves getting into German trenches. The Germans opened fire on them. The officer was shot through the chest and only lived about five minutes. They carried him under heavy fire until he died. They got into an unused trench until it was light, afterwards making their way back. Private Winch has been twice wounded, once during trench digging and once at Hill 60. He was among the first company of men to join at a Codicote meeting at the outbreak of war.

Source: Biggleswade Chronicle 21st April 1916

(1) Edward Quince, from Sandy who also got the MM
(2) Lieutenant Whittemore
(3) This incident took place on 29th March. See blog entry for 30th March.

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