Brigadier General RALPH HAMER HUSEY – died 20 May 1918

Brigadier General RALPH HAMER HUSEY

Aged                     36

Unit                       Cdg. 25th Inf. Bde. 8th Div. General Staff late London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade)

Awards                DSO and Bar, MC, 3 times Mentioned in Despatches, Order of Danilo, 4th Class (Montenegro).


Brigadier-General Ralph H. Husey, died in a German field hospital on May 30 of wounds received in action on May 27. He was educated at Marlborough, and, on leaving, spent a year in Germany. On returning home, he joined the Hertfordshire Yeomanry as a trooper, and subsequently took a commission in the London Rifle Brigade. He led a team of 60 men in a march to Brighton in 1914, when the distance was accomplished in 14hrs 23min, a “record” for troops under service conditions. On the declaration of war he volunteered for foreign service, and proceeded with the regiment to France on 3 November 1914, being gazetted Captain before leaving. He was appointed to the command of the battalion in July 1916, and, after twice acting temporarily as brigadier-general, was given command of an infantry brigade on 4 May. He was four times wounded and was three times mentioned in despatches. In 1915 he was awarded the MC. For his services on the Somme in 1916 he received the Order of Danilo of Montenegro. On January last he was given the DSO, and received a bar for his work at Arras, March 27-28, when the German advance was help up, the citation reads: “During an enemy attack, when the enemy approached close to his battalion headquarters, he held the forward part of a communication trench with the personnel of his headquarters and a few other men, and largely assisted in breaking up the enemy attack. He used a rifle himself at close range and inflicted many casualties on the enemy. He then conducted an obstinate withdrawal to the next line of defence, where the enemy was finally held up. He set a magnificent example of courage and determination.” He was unmarried.


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