PENINSULA TROOPER DECORATED.
L&TE HECTOR PIDGEON AWARDED D.C M.
Word was received on Tuesday sfaac tbe late Trooper Hector Pidgeon of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles has received the Distinguished Conduct Medal for sticking to his post though wounded, and also doing gallant work in rescuing wounded men under a heavy fire. Trooper Pidgeon is a son of Mr W. Pigeon of Okains Bay, Banks Penin aula, and w«s killed ia the big ad vance on August 21st.
Writing to Tuooper Pidgeon's parents recently, Trooper h 3. Smith referred to the great bravery displayed by Pidgeon as follows :—» "On Saturday, August 21st, at 4 p m we staffed to advance agiinst the enemy, whose trenches were in lines tp a distance of 700 yds away h was the hottest of aoy attack, and all of the suffered heavily, On the way, Hector, who was nest to me, got a nasty hit on the finger, but be said it waa nothing, and came on. I saw nothing more of him till we arrived in our objective trench. Things were a bit too hot to do anything but fight at that time. Only sixteen of ua arrived, and we bad 50 yds of trencij per man to look after. it wss a very anxious time for us, as i£ the Turks counter attacked we wonld have been killed to a man. Major Harat was with ua, and told us to bang on, as our reinforcements were coming. Before we captured r.bis trench, Hector hud got hit again, I rhis time in the bead How he came i on at all is a marvel. I aafced him to let me attend to him, and told him to ait down, but be would not bear of it. Hβ said we were in need o£ every man and rifle to hold on, and indeed so we were. Major Hurst Game along and ■ old Hector to go back to the doctor at one\ but he said that he was allright, and would stay till the reinforcements arrived. The reinforcements came up in balf an hour, #nd with them come ambulance men. They attended to Hector, and told him to walk along the trench to the field dressing station. Hβ left me and vvent away ac lols. I afterwards was told by Major Hurst that Hectoi , had asked to stay, as he felt quite gt. It wftß two hours later that he got another hit, and I hear it was again ia top bead However, he managed to walk away allright. That is the last I heard of Hec till I read the sad news this moruiog, With our iein forcements we hung on to -tbe trench throughout the night, and Sunday morning saw our positions secure, and the Turks badly beaten. Some of ua were to stand down and have a spell, and the Major came along and bad a yarn about the fight. His #rst words were;—'Pidgeon has gone to the doctor at i&Bfc boys, but it took three damned good knocks to make him go. 1 tbink hs is one of the pluckiest ohapsl have met. . All the boys, au
least tbo?e who. were left, hoped thai Hector vt'as not iery bad, nnri the Major asaurei3 us that be would be illiight However, two hits in the bea<J are bad at any time Alt the samo I got ft shock when I read he had gone rls was bo strong, and fall of grit find "determination. Personally, a bettor comrade than Hgc, especially on this job, it would bo impossible to get'V
The whole , eoniraunity will con gratulate Mr Pigeon and family npnri the distinction conferred upon their brave pon and regret tha,t they will never be able to welcome him home a= we would wish to have done.
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PENINSULA TROOPER DECORATED., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3501, 3 December 1915