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Scots VC Honoured in Home Town

Discussion in 'Military History' started by GRW, Aug 31, 2018.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    Need to look out for it next time I'm up there.
    "A Scot who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in a First World War battle 100 years ago was further honoured yesterday with a plinth in the Perthshire town where he was born. Dunblane-born Lieutenant James Huffam received Britain’s highest gallantry medal for his remarkable bravery during the Second Battle of Arras, on 31 August, 1918. The 21-year-old, serving with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, rushed an enemy machine-gun post at St Servin’s Farm, France, and put it out of action. Under heavy fire he withdrew, carrying a wounded comrade. Later the same day he led another attack, capturing eight prisoners and enabling the British advance to continue. The Scot was awarded the VC “for most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty”, and “the utmost gallantry” throughout the fighting.
    To mark the centenary, a commemorative service was held in Dunblane, attended by members of the regiment and three generations of Mr Huffam’s family, who travelled from all over Britain. Following a piper-led parade, the plinth bearing his name and medal was unveiled outside Dunblane railway station, directly opposite the hero’s childhood home."
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