1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

James H.G. Duke

Contributed by: Paul, on 2008-11-09

James H.G. Duke
First Name James H.G.
Surname Duke
Year of Birth 1892
Year of Death 1975
Regiment Royal Sussex Regiment
Place of Wartime Residence Battle, East Sussex

James H.G.'s Story

This is my Grandfather, who started and finished his service in France, first arriving in France on 31st May 1915. His war ended following the third battle of Ypres, and the retaking of St. Julien, when he received a severe shrapnel wound in his leg whilst assisting a fallen colleague. It was for this that he was awarded the Military Medal.

Some twenty years later, my Grandfather received a letter from that same colleague, who was by then Maj. Noel De Putron Macroberts D.S.O., M.C. of the Royal Fusiliers, following a South Downs reunion. The letter finished;

'I can never forget the gay, dashing young fellow (as he was then!!) who bound up my wounds just prior to our final rush for the assault on St. Julien. Your old friend and comrade, Noel De P. MacRoberts.'

Like so many others, he never talked much about his involvement in the war, other than mentioning the cold, the mud and the rats. Although the shrapnel lump removed from his leg, which remains, was often a conversation piece for him!

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