Military Medal to 16121 Pte R Hedley 13 / Durh L I / Trench Raid
Hedley’s Military Medal was awarded for a Trench Raid, that took place on the night of 1st / 2nd June 1916 on German Trenches in Souchez.
The Durham Forces in the Field states;
‘The night of the 2nd was light but moonless when Lieuts D H Clarke and N A target, with 23 men, raided the German Trenches. At 1 am the artillery opened an intense bombardment of the enemy front line, and a minute later lifted to barrage his support positions. The raiders were across ‘No Man’s Land’ and in the trenches, before the alarm was given, and the officers headed a party which worked 40 yards along to the left, killing 8 Germans and bombing two deep dugouts. Others worked to the right for the same distance, erected a barricade and bombed the trench beyond it, after killing several; of the enemy an bombing four dugouts. All withdraw without difficulty after ten minutes had been spent in the German trenches and the only casualties were three men slightly wounded by British Shrapnel’
Although no citation exists for Hedley’s medal, one does exist for a comrade who also took part.
‘17090 Sgt Boagey R – For conspicuous gallantry when leading a bombing party in a raid on the German Trenches at Souchez on the night of June 1st and 2nd 1916. They bombed dugouts killing several of the enemies and causing considerable damage.
Hedley was entitled to a 1914/15 trio having landed in France on 25th August 1915.