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RAMC profile of:
Hugh Bernard GERMAN L.R.C.P., M.R.C.S.
 
 


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Rank: t.Capt (a.Maj)

Unit: 17th Field Ambulance

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Also Served:

Outcome: Killed in action

Date Died: 18/09/1918
Age Died: 38

Where Buried and/or Commemorated: France - Trefcon British Cemetery, Caulaincourt

Awards: MC & Bar; MiD

Gazette Reference: 05/07/1918 & 16/09/1918; 29/05/1917
 


Other Information:

Hugh was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School, and Guy’s Hospital – entering in 1898, he qualified L.R.C.P., M.R.C.S. in 1904. Whilst there he gained his Soccer blue on several occasions, and was described as being the finest squash racket player in his time. After qualifying he joined the Naval Medical Services and was serving on H.M.S. “Orontus” in the Mediterranean at the time of the Calabrain earthquake, when he was in one of the first relief parties which reached the scene of disaster. For his services on this occasion he received the Messina Medal and the Order of the Crown of Italy. In 1913 he went into private practice at Waltham Abbey, leaving when he was offered a temporary commission as captain in the R.A.M.C. from 8th January 1916. Hugh entered the war in France on 23rd February 1916 and became attached to the 17th Field Ambulance. He was mentioned in despatches in 1917, and was then awarded the Military Cross “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his dressing station was heavily shelled he organised the removal of thirty eight stretcher cases. He also rescued several wounded of another division under heavy shell fire. He established dressing stations without delay at various stages in an advance of four or five miles, and so enabled the wounded to be rapidly evacuated.” He was awarded the Bar to his Military Cross “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while in charge of stretcher-bearers. He supervised the evacuation of wounded from the front line to the advanced dressing station, often under heavy shell fire. Also, he continuously dressed wounded in a dressing station unprotected from shell fire.” He was killed while going to the aid of a wounded officer. Maj F H L Holland R.A.M.C. wrote a letter Hugh’s wife advising that he and Hugh had established an Advanced Dressing Station on the 17th September, and were suddenly heavily shelled the following day. Several men were hit including the Senior Roman Catholic Chaplain of the Division, and it was while going to the assistance of the Chaplain that Hugh met his death. Hugh was the eldest son of Mrs German of Southsea, Portsmouth, and the late George Alexandra German; and was the husband of Constance Roberts German of 96 Upper Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.


 
 
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