Friday 10 June 2016

Ampthill Road School Boy Wins the Military Cross

Saturday 10th June 1916: Ampthill Road School boys of an older generation will rejoice in the announcement that the popular “Jack” Hislop of their school boy days as won the Military Cross for splendid service in bringing up ammunition during a heavy German attack “somewhere in France”(1). “Jack” was one of a batch of boys, the sons of non-commissioned officers, who came from the barracks in the old days to Ampthill Road Schools, and after leaving school he joined the county line regiment in which his father, now Major Hislop, had had such a distinguished career. His promotion was rapid. In January of this year he was given his commission in the 8th Bedfords(2).

(1) Perhaps the attack of 19th/20th April 1916.
(2) Captain John Hislop MC was killed in action with the 8th Battalion on 22nd September 1917 and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial near Ypres.

Source; Bedfordshire Times 23rd June 1916

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