Local Hero Decorated

Distinguished Conduct Medal - George V

Distinguished Conduct Medal – George V

On Friday, at Tidworth, the General Officer Commanding the Southern Command publicly presented the Distinguished Conduct Medal to E. W. Paginton, late 8th Somerset Light Infantry. The official record of his brave act reads as follows:-

“This young soldier carried messages to forward companies with an absolute disregard of personal danger, often having to pass through very heavy shell, rifle and machine gun fire. On the night of the 26th August, 1918, at Beifuillers on the Somme, when three runners had been knocked out, he volunteered to go, and went through an extremely heavy enemy barrage to the front company with an urgent tactical message upon which future operations depended.”

Young Paginton, who was only 19 years of age at the time, was recently demobilised, and has been reinstated in his old situation with Mr. F. Day, butcher. He is the son of Mr. W. Paginton, of Gastons Road, and the honour is all the more noteworthy seeing that he is the first Malmesbury man to secure the distinguished award. The borough may well be proud of its young hero, who has thus added fresh laurels to its fighting traditions.


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