A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH - Before, Now & In-Between
A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH - Before, Now & In-Between

Mervyn Phippen PUGH

Ancestral surnames: 

  • Pugh, Morris, Richards, Jones, Phippen, Lane, Wheeler (by marriage: Jones, Brown)
  • see his family tree drawing via www.groupphoto.co.uk/extra Row 4

 

Education: 

  • St John's School, Reading, Berkshire
  • Reading School, Berkshire
  • the Moravian Boarding School in Neuwied, Germany

 

Decorations & Campaign Medals:

  • Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for action during the German Spring Offensive on and after 21st March 1918 - award in the London Gazette on 16th September 1918 with citation: “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his Commanding Officer was killed, this officer assumed command of the battalion, and in difficult and intricate situations withdrew from position to position, always keeping it intact and ready for further fighting. When, after four days, the battalion was relieved, he personally reorganized the four companies, nearly all the officers having become casualties. His determination and leadership carried the battalion safely through several critical phases.” 

  • Military Cross (MC) - award appeared in the London Gazette on 11th May 1917, with citation: “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He rapidly organised and led bombing parties against the enemy, and it was greatly owing to his initiative that all objectives were seized and consolidated. He has on many previous occasions done fine work.”

  • Oak leaf emblem for Mention in Dispatches (8th November 1918)

  • 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal 

  • Special Constabulary Long Service Medal

 

Memorials: 

  • cremated and his ashes interred in the churchyard of St Peter-de-Witton, Droitwich, Worcestershire. Gravestone : “In Loving Memory of Mervyn Phippen Pugh, Born September 15th 1893, Died April 24th 1961” - later accompanied by those for his wife and son. 

 

Pages in book (www.groupphoto.co.uk/the-book): 135-139

 

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