Great War 1914 Old Contemptible, probable Battle of Loos September 1915 Distinguished Conduct Medal, and Hulluch May 1916 casualty group awarded to Sergeant W. Couchman, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, who saw service out on the Western Front from 12th August 1914, and was decorated for ‘conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty throughout the campaign’. Research would indicate that whilst a general citation, his award was put in with those earned for the Battle of Loos in September 1915. Couchman was killed in action in the Hulluch Sect

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Great War 1914 Old Contemptible, probable Battle of Loos September 1915 Distinguished Conduct Medal, and Hulluch May 1916 casualty group awarded to Sergeant W. Couchman, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, who saw service out on the Western Front from 12th August 1914, and was decorated for ‘conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty throughout the campaign’. Research would indicate that whilst a general citation, his award was put in with those earned for the Battle of Loos in September 1915. Couchman was killed in action in the Hulluch Sector on 1st May 1916, and local paper recording this under the title of ‘A Hero’s Death’.

Group of 4: Distinguished Conduct Medal, GVR bust; (9107 SJT: W. COUCHMAN. 2/R.SUSS:R.); 1914 Star; (9107 PTE W. COUCHMAN. 2/R.SUSS:R.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (L-9107 SJT. T. COUCHMAN R.SUSS.R.)

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Walter Couchman came from Bohemia, Hastings, Sussex, though his family later moved to Birmingham, and he was a pre-war regular soldier, who as a Private later Sergeant (No.L-9107) with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, then saw service out on the Western Front from 12th August 1914. A newspaper article from January 1915 show’s both Couchman brothers in uniform.

Couchman was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal when a Sergeant, the award being published in the London Gazette for 14th January 1916, and the citation in the London Gazette for 11th March 1916. The citation reading as follows: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty throughout the campaign’. The date of the gazette would indicate that this was specifically for service during the Battle of Loos in September 1915.

Counchman was killed in action in the Hulluch Sector on 1st May 1916, and is buried in Maroc British Cemetery. A newspaper article published his death with another image of him, this titled ‘A Hero’s Death’. He is also commemorated by name on the War Memorial at Hastings Town Hall.