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Martin McHugh's remembered by his grandson Graham McHugh.
Martin McHugh remembered by his grandson Graham McHugh.
Framed picture of Martin with medals but these aren't the originals as they were sold. He was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, and the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Copy of the citation for his bravery - Keeping an observation post open under heavy fire, he was wounded in the wrist. Copy of a cutting from the London Gazette mentioning Sgt. Martin McHugh. Copy of war records.
Martin was born in Northwich in 1893 of Irish parents and moved to Salford at 17. He signed up in 1914, and was with 179 Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, Pendleton, Salford before serving in France. He won the Distinguished Conduct Medal 'for great gallantry and devotion to duty, near Raillencourt, France, on night of 3/4th November 1918 while manning an observation post. The area was being heavily shelled and numerous casualties caused. He voluntarily helped a neighbouring observation post to establish visual communication from an exposed position, and remained there working a lamp until he was severely wounded'. He had three children. He never talked about the war or his medals. He lived Salford until his death in 1960 at the age of 67, two years before the birth of his grandson Graham. Martin's first wife Leah died in childbirth in 1933 during the birth of her third child. He remarried and had another son Dennis. He is buried at Weaste Cemetery, Salford next to his first wife, Leah. Martin's grandson Graham still tends his grave.