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VC1139    Hugh Cairns

Name   Hugh Cairns   No.      POSTHUMOUS

VC Issue No.   1139   Awards   VC   DCM

Regiment   Canadian Expeditionary Force, 46th (Saskatchewan Dragoons) Battalion, Saskatchewan Regiment



Rank VC Won    Sergeant

Rank End Of Career   Sergeant

Place Of Birth   Ashington, Northumberland, England

Place Of Death   Field Hospital, Valenciennes, France

Buried/Location Ashes   Auberchicourt British Cemetery, 10 miles north of Cambrai, Nord, France


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone (CWGC)    Plot/Grave no.   Plot I, Row A, Grave 8

Gazetted    31 January 1919

VC Presented   20 February 1919 posted to the Colonial Office for presentation to his father, George


P  Headstone, Auberchicourt British Cemetery, 10 miles north of Cambrai, Nord, France

P  Named on War Memorial, Ashington, Northumberland

P  Named on War Memorial, Bothal Middle School, Ashington, Northumberland

P  Memorial Plaque, Valenciennes, Nord, France

P  L'Avenue du Sergeant Cairns, Valenciennes, Nord, France

P  Victoria Cross Memorial, York Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

P  Ring of Remembrance (L'Anneau de la Mémoire), Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, Pas-de-Calais, France

Hugh Cairns VC School, Cairns Avenue, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

P  Victoria Cross Commemorative Plaque, British High Commission, Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

War Memorial & Statue, Kinsman Park, Saskatoon, North Saskatchewan, Canada

Sgt Hugh Cairns VC Armoury, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

P  Victoria Cross Paving Stone,Memorial Garden, Ashington, Northumberland

P  Canadian Victoria Cross Memorial, Barrie Military Heritage Park, Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada

By The Way…

News of his Brothers death led him in to taking more risks than normal, it was said he was on a mission of revenge

VC Held By

Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada



VC 1138 VC 1140
VC 1138
VC 1140

BORN   4 December 1896

DIED   2 November 1918   AGE   21

VC Won   1 November 1918    AGE    21

Place VC Won   Valenciennes, France

War/Campaign   First World War 1918

The First World War