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Francis McCracken, Sergeant R S Judson, VC, DCM, MM, 1920-1921

Ref: AAAC 898 NCWA 518

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Reginald Stanley Judson (1881-1972) enlisted as a rifleman in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in October 1915. He transferred to the 1st Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment in February 1916 and was severely injured at the Somme on 15 September 1916. Evacuated to England to convalesce, Judson did not rejoin his unit until June 1918. Between July and August 1918 he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Military Medal, and was awarded the Victoria Cross for "conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty" at Bapaume, France, on 26 August 1918 (at the time he held the rank of sergeant). He single-handedly captured two enemy machine-gun posts.

This portrait of Judson was done after his First World War service when he held the rank of Lieutenant.

Oil, 1220 x 860mm
France; Battle of the Somme
Medals: Victoria Cross, Dinstinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal

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