Private Patrick Joseph Bugden

Service number 3774
Birth Date 1897-03-17
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales
Death Date 1917-09-28
Death Place Belgium
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
  • 30th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 31st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 31st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 31st Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Biographical information They dared mightily. in 1963
Published in London Gazette in 1917-11-26
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-03-07

Twenty-year-old Pat Bugden (1897-1917), a hotelkeeper from the north coast of New South Wales before enlistment, was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his outstanding bravery over three days during one of the Australians' successful step-by-step advances in late September 1917. On two occasions, when held up by intense fire from machine-guns, he led small parties to silence the enemy posts. Five times he rescued wounded men trapped by intense shelling and machine-gun fire. Once, seeing that an Australian corporal had been taken prisoner, he single-handedly rushed to his comrade's aid, shooting and bayoneting the enemy. He kept fighting until he was killed.



Date of birth 17 March 1897
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 25 May 1916 Began training at Enoggera in Queensland.
Date of embarkation 19 September 1916 Embarked with reinforcements for the 31st Battalion.
Other units 1917-03 31st Battalion.
Date of honour or award 1917-09-26 - 1917-09-28 Awarded the Victoria Cross for action at Polygon Wood, near Ypres, Belgium whilst serving with 31 Battalion, 8 Brigade, 5 Division as a Private
Date of death 28 September 1917
Date of recommendation honour or award 02 October 1917
Date of recommendation honour or award 03 October 1917