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Second Lieutenant Rupert Price Hallowes VC MC, 4th Battalion, The Duke of Cambridge's Own

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Second Lieutenant Rupert Price Hallowes VC MC was killed at Hooge in Belgium. In 1900 he joined the 20th Middlesex (Artists) Volunteer Rifle Corps, resigned in 1910, then enlisted when war broke out. He was rapidly promoted and again commissioned when he joined the 4th Battalion The Duke of Cambridge's Own. In July 1915 he was awarded the Military Cross: “During an enemy attack down a communications trench there was a shortage of bombs. He climbed out of the trench exposing himself to fire at the enemy and hitting several of them. He assisted in constructing a block, dug out a communications trench under heavy shell fire and rebuilt a parapet that had been blown in. Throughout the night he assisted in keeping in touch and supplying bombs.” Two months later he earned a posthumous Victoria Cross: “Second Lieutenant Hallowes displayed throughout these days the greatest bravery and untiring energy, and set a magnificent example to his men during four heavy and prolonged bombardments. On more than one occasion he climbed up on the parapet, utterly regardless of danger, in order to put fresh heart into his men. He made daring reconnaissances of the German positions in our lines. When the supply of bombs was running short he went back under very heavy shell fire and brought up a fresh supply. Even after he was mortally wounded he continued to cheer those around him and to inspire them with fresh courage.” (The Military Gazette.) He is buried at the Zillebeke cemetery near Ypres. Rupert, from Redhill in Surrey, was 34 years old.

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