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Reginald Stanley Judson

Portrait of Sergeant R.S. Judson from The Auckland Weekly News, November 28, 1918. - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait of Sergeant R.S. Judson from The Auckland Weekly News, November 28, 1918. - No known copyri …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Reginald Stanley AWMM
  • Surname
    Judson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI 24/1699 AWMM
    • WWII 800942 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs Ethel May Judson (wife), Waiatarua, Waikumete, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 8 January 1916 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Victoria Cross (VC) AWMM
      Gazetted on 30 October 1918: No. 24/1699 Sergeant Reginald Stanley Judson, D.C.M., M.M., Auckland R., N.Z.F. "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when, in an attack on enemy positions, he led a small bombing party under heavy fire and captured an enemy machine-gun. He then proceeded up a sap alone, bombing three machine-gun crews before him. Jumping out of the trench he ran ahead of the enemy. Then, standing on the parapet, he ordered the party, consisting of two officers and about ten men, to surrender. They instantly fired on him, but he threw a bomb and jumped down amongst them, killed two, put the rest to flight, and so captured two machine guns. This prompt and gallant action not only saved many lives, but also enabled the advance to be continued unopposed." (London Gazette, 30 October 1918) AWMM
    • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMM
      'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack on the enemy positions. He led a patrol along a sap leading to the enemy. This patrol forced the enemy to retreat before their bombs for a distance of 600 yards and so enabled the troops who were following to garrison and hold the captured trench. He was indefatigable in organising the trench during the next twenty-four hours under heavy bomb and machine gun fire, and personally bombed the enemy out of an angle in the sap where they were collecting. The work of this NCO throughout was splendid, and his courage and enthusiasm inspired all near him.' - 'London Gazette'- 30/10/1918 AWMM
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field on the night of the 16/17th inst. in front of Puisieux-au-Mont. During the attack in co-operation with the 37th Division on enemy positions north of Crayfish and Paku Trenches and as far east as the Buoquay-Puisieux-au-Mont Road this NCO exhibited courage of the highest degree. The sections with whom he was encountered machine gun fire of an intense nature. This fire was replied to by the fire of a Lewis Gun and in order to enable the troops on our left to advance it was essential that the enemy machine guns should be taken at once. It was obvious that if an attempt were made to outflank the guns the delay occassioned thereby would result in the troops on our left probably suffering severe casualties. Realising that a frontal attack was necessary this NCO with the greatest of initiative and daring rushed straight for the machine gun nest, followed by his sections. The rapidity and daring of his action so disheartened the enemy that in spite of the unprotected nature of the attack three machine guns and 17 prisoners were captured without loss on our side. The daring and courage and skilful tactics of this NCO is beyond praise. For the success of an operation he exposes himself in positions of the greatest danger without regard to his personal safety, and as a leader and inspirer of men he has no superior.' - 'London Gazette'- 11/12/1918 AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Silver Jubilee Medal 1935 AWMM
    • Coronation Medal 1937 AWMM
    • Coronation Medal 1953 AWMM
    • New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 1915 AWMM Boilermaker/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Badly wounded 15 September 1916 AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 6.5" AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Ethel May (nee Grice) and Kate Marion (nee Lewis); father of Vera, Edgar, Reginald Frank, Raymond and Claire.

    Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 14 February 1919.

    His medals were stolen from Waiouru Army Museum 2 December 2007, they were recovered some time later

    Major Judson's sword was presented to Dylan Judson, great-great-grandson of Reginald Judson, by Nigel Lyndsay at Henderson (Auckland) RSA on Anzac Day 2012. See Western Leader, 3 May 2012, page 9.

    His medals are held by the National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand

    Medals: Victoria Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    26 August 1972 AWMM
    Age 90 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Soldiers Burial M Row 13, Plot 69 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
    Victoria Cross commemorative paving stone at the National Memorial Aboretum, Staffordshire, England Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 29 November 2015 - Personal visit
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Memorial tree, Oak and plaque, Reginald Stanley Judson VC, Stockade Hill, Howick, Auckland AWMM
    • Dunedin, Victoria Cross winners' plaque, Queens Gardens, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
    • Oratia School First World War Memorial, Shaw Road, Oratia Auckland 0604 AWMM

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  • My grandfather (Raymond) took me on numerous occasions to visit Reginald (my great grandfather) in the early 1970's. I remember having homemade sandwiches with them. Reginald was a tall and quiet man. I have enjoyed gathering family history over the past 30 years. I am fortunate enough to have many army photos of him and his personal leather travelling suitcase with his initials impressed on the front. I have displayed my collection of military items at a couple of Antique Shows now and always receive great reviews and comments. I am intending to travel over to Bapaume (France) in August 2018 for the 100 year commemorations. My brother Mark Judson takes after Reginald with is height and striking resemblance in looks.
    Public - carmen - Direct descendant - 30 November 2017
    I am off with battalions first,listing a boot maker leave
    'Reginald' rifles;three medals "Judson" I achieve!
    Of silvers gold,the "VC" for coeur meritorious bold
    Battles of Somme Flers-Courcelette
    My wounds an ill;years resting laden beset.
    Apres as the 'Stan' sergeant bomb
    For those unbending sap,cleared a throng
    Hebuterne being imbued,six "country men" well rescued.
    Distinguished my conduct be;retarding six hundred yard,relent the enemy
    Soon la nuit we see at Puisieux-au-Mont
    In leading a charge;Lewis opens gunners three we want.
    Bapaume above bags parapet I call them down;officers mort your ten break bound
    Now away from firsts War,Doubtless Bay farming I am found
    Ending olden ninty my rest;Waikumete "homes" ground!

    Copyright:N.J.Deller 13/8/017 "Kings acorn tree heavenly free"
    Public - Nathan John - 16 August 2017
  • Biographical information: Prior going to the first world war he was a boiler maker not a boot maker. He was not born in Auckland but in Port Albert, Wharehine. As a small child he returned to England with his family. At the age of 9 he was sent to NZ by his mother on his own on a sailing ship. He lived with his uncle. He did not return to the UK or see his mother again until he served in the first world war as an adult. My personal tribute, I am the daughter of his youngest child Claire, Claire was born to his second wife Kate some time after the first world war. "To my grandfather, who died when I was 10 years old, you were 80 when I was born, I remember you as a very erect, nut brown man, who did not speak very often, kept to himself with very intense blue eyes. You were a very up right almost rigid man. Those that lived with you found you unpredictable, from reading your war record
    Public - Marion Janet - Direct descendant - 30 September 2015
  • As the 100 year anniversary of World War I fast approaches, I would like to pay a special homage on behalf of myself and my family to my great, great grandfather. We remember you and we thank you for your brave and gallantry actions. Such actions have made our country the safe and secure place that it is today. Lest we forget. Elyse, Michelle, David and Dylan Judson
    Public - Elyse - Other Relative - 12 April 2015



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30 November 2017carmenpaeroa new zealandDirect descendant
16 August 2017Nathan JohnHettstedt GermanyOther
29 November 2015SarndraAuckland, New ZealandResearcher
30 September 2015Marion JanetNew Market, AucklandDirect descendant
12 April 2015ElyseWellington,NewZealandOther Relative

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