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Orderly 1432, Friends’ Ambulance Unit attached to the French Army.

Died 27th May 1918, aged 28.

Buried at Vailly British Cemetery.

Former student of chemistry.


 

Hugo was the only son of Harrison, a tea blender at The Universal Digestive Tea Co., and Lucy Jackson. He was born at Wilmslow, Cheshire on 4th January 1890He was educated at Stramongate School in Kendal. He entered Manchester University in 1908, gained his BSc. in 1911 and a Teaching Diploma in 1912 and held a science mastership. He went on to be a schoolmaster, possibly at Sidcot School near Bristol.

In September 1914 Hugo, a pacifidt, joined the Friends’ Ambulance Unit (FAU), a volunteer ambulance service founded by the British Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), which was under the jurisdiction of the British Red Cross during the War. All the units of the Red Cross, FAU, and St John Ambulance subsequently came under the French Army and were titled Section Sanitaire Anglaise (SSA). Hugo worked mostly with SSA14. His records of service shows he had a St John’s First Aid Certificate, could drive a car and a motorcycle, and spoke French. He appears to have paid for his own kit/uniform. He arrived in Dunkirk on 4th December 1914 and worked as an orderly and a secretary at a number of locations before becoming a storekepper for SSA14. During his time in France & Belgium Hugo was awarded a Croix de Guerre, a French honour. On 27th May 1918 his ambulance was hit by artillery shell while moving casualties to a hospital at Braine. The driver was killed and Hugo died whilst on the way to a dressing station. He left effects worth £567 4s 8d to his father.