Brave Chesterfield soldier’s WW1 medals are family’s pride and joy

Sgt Dick Wagg's granddaughter Jinette Hague and his daughter Frances Walters.

Sgt Dick Wagg's granddaughter Jinette Hague and his daughter Frances Walters.

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A brave soldier’s story is to be passed down from generation to generation, according to his granddaughter, after his heroics have taken pride of place in her family tree research.

Jinette Hague, 40, of Brimington, Chesterfield, pictured left, started looking into her grandfather Dick Wagg’s time as a soldier in World War One and has outlined his courageous retrieval of three seriously wounded servicemen while under heavy fire.

Sergeant Wagg received the Distinguished Conduct Medal after he carried a Lieutenant Wheatcroft to safety and returned twice for two other men and then reorganised another attack during the Battle of the Somme on July 5, 1916. Jinette said: “I am doing a family tree and as I started to look into the family I found out all about my grandfather and it’s all the more meaningful as we now move towards the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. “We will make sure his story is passed down from generation to generation so Dick will never be forgotten. I hope they will talk about this conflict in the schools because it was a cruel war.”

 

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