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HugoThrossellwasaWesternAustraliansoldierwhobecamethefirstWesternAustraliantoearntheVictoriaCrossduringWorldWarI.HewasborninNortham,WAon26October1884andlandedatGallipolion4August1915.Whowashe?JoiningthewarHugoandhisbrother,Ric,joinedthe10thLightHorseregimentbecauseoftheirridingexperiencefromlivinginthewheatbelt.HugoremainedattheEygpttrainingcampwhenthe10thregimentwassenttoGallipoliinMay1915,onlyarrivinginAugust.HelandedthreedaysbeforethechargeattheNekandwasaleaderofthefourthwavethatwascalledbackintothetrenchafteradvancingonlyafewmetres.Feelingheldback,Hugogainedaneagernesstoprovehimselfinbattle.T he Vi ctor i a C ro ss T hrossell earned the Victoria Cross, the most prestigious military medal, in a battle at Hill 60. He and his regiment were sent to capture an enemy trench, 100 feet of which was controlled by the Turks. Hugo served as a guard while other troops built a barricade of sandbags to protect the section of trench they had captured. The Turks began to throw bombs over the barricade and Hugo and his men held onto them until the last possible moment before hurling them back over. More than 3000 bombs were thrown during that time. They stopped the Turks from charging and breaching the barricade three times with heavy rifle fire and showers of bombs. Throssell was at one point in sole command of the group and was wounded twice in the battle. His face was covered in blood because of bomb splinters in his forehead, but he continued to shout encouragement to his men. He earned the Victoria Cross for his part in the battle.
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