Page 31 - Eastbourne-College-Roll-of-Service-1914-1918

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Captain Nigel Duncan Ratcliffe Hunter entered School House
as a Scholar in September 1909, and gained 3rd place in the
entrance examination to Woolwich in December 1912; he was
awarded a prize cadetship, and passed out 5th into the Royal
Engineers. He served in France almost continuously after the
war started, and in 1916 was awarded the Military Cross for
an act described in
The London Gazette
as follows: " He showed
the greatest determination when, with his section, assisting the
infantry to construct advanced strong points under heavy shell
fire. When his section sergeant was wounded he assisted a
corporal of the infantry to
to safety, both he and the
corporal being wounded in doing so. The success of the night's
work was largely due to his fine example." Later he was awarded
a bar to his M.C. "for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to
duty in commanding his section during an attack. He carried
out a very valuable reconnaissance of the position, and personally
laid out, under heavy shell and machine-gun fire, the front line
subsequently occupied by the infantry. He was indefatigable
in his efforts to improve this line and its communications, and
finally led the small remaining effective strength of his section
through heavy shelling in order to effect a junction with the
division on his left. He displayed throughout the operation
the greatest gallantry and supreme contempt for danger." He
was killed on March 26th, 1918, near St Quentin, during the
German advance, while in command of the 228th Field Coy.
Second Lieutenant Claude Alexander Huskisson was a Home
Boarder from May 1909 to July 191I. He obtained a com–
mission in the Hampshire Regt. in June 1915, and served with
the 1st Bn. in France. At the end of April 1917 he was attached
to the Divisional Trench Mortar Battery, and was killed by a
piece of shell near Roeux, E. of Arras, on June 15th.
Second Lieutenant Harold Vernon Hutt was in Blackwater
between May 1902 and July 1904. He joined the Artists Rifles
as soon as the war broke out, and was sent to France in October