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In MemoriamMAUGHAN, Henry
  Lance Corporal (Royal Sussex Regiment, 7th Battalion)
  Killed missing presumed dead (25-Nov-1917)
  Awards: Military Medal




These details may be those of the same Henry Maughan who went to Westoe Secondary School, but there is no direct evidence other than a match in the military records on a relatively common or incomplete name.

Henry (Harry) Maughan was born to boot-dealer, Edward Maughan, and his wife, Elizabeth Jane.

It's not known when Henry attended Westoe Secondary School, but after he left he became apprentice in his father's trade.

He signed up on 24-Aug-1914 for service in the Royal Garrison Artillery, was posted to the 7th Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment shortly after, and his service was both colourful and heroic.

While serving at home Henry was treated at Shorncliffe Hospital, Kent, for 18 days for a "relapse" of gonorrhoea. He was then posted to France with the Expeditionary Force from the end of May, 1915 but, in March, 1916, he sustained a gunshot wound to his left leg and was returned home to Chichester where on three occasions he was confined to barracks for not being where he should be!

He returned to active service in Etaples, France in August, 1916, rejoining his Battalion later that month.

While serving in the field he was wounded during bomb practice, and admitted to the Field Ambulance Ward. He then sustained a gunshot wound to his scalp.

Three days later he sustained another gunshot wound to his head, but soon returned to duty.

After a brief leave back in the UK, Henry returned to his Battalion in February, 1917. In May that year, he and two others left their lines to reconnoitre at the Arras front and were attacked by a group of Germans. After defeating them in hand-to-hand combat, the group returned to their lines.

As a result, Henry was promoted to Lance Corporal, and awarded the Military Medal. But he is also reported to have released a number of other soldiers who had been taken prisoners of war and were being held in dugouts.

On 25-Nov-1917, he was reported missing and was later officially regarded as have died or been killed in action.

After the war, it was the Mayor's wish to present the Military Medal to Henry's father, but red tape got in the way. The Mayor was informed that a civilian could not present the medal, and that it had to be presented to the next of kin by a parade of troops or by registered post.

After some correspondence between the Mayor and the War Office, the Mayor presented Henry's father with the Military Mdeal in January, 1919.

Known Addresses
1901: 35 Mortimer Road
1911: 40 Oxford Avenue
Last updated: 11-Aug-2014 09:24

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