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1915

all War Office (included in Army lists)

 

29296 - 14 SEPTEMBER 1915

 

His MAJESTY The KING (is) pleased to approve of the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men, for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty whilst serving with the Expeditionary Forces in France and Flanders, and at the Dardanelles.

11748, Corporal Payne, R. E., Royal Marine Artillery. For conspicuous gallantry between 30th July and 10th August, 1915, when on duty with an observing Officer on a high building at Ypres. This building was continually Bombarded by the enemy's heavy artillery and the position was most dangerous, but Corporal Payne maintained his telephone lines in constant working order, and showed the greatest courage and calmness while in charge of the other telephonists during this trying period.

 

11561, Corporal (temporary Serjeant) Stone, W. L., Royal Marine Artillery. For conspicuous gallantry on 16th June, 1915, near Zillebeke. When heavy shrapnel fire was opened on two infantry companies crossing open ground, forcing them to leave their killed and wounded, he volunteered to assist Captain Forster, Royal Marine Artillery, to carry the wounded into shelter. Together they effected this successfully under heavy fire. Corporal Stone then went, still under heavy fire, some 500 yards to fetch some members of the Royal Army Medical Corps, and brought them back when the fire had slackened.

 

 

 

1916

 

all War Office (included in Army lists)

 

 

29824 - 14 NOVEMBER 1916

  

..... award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Noncommissioned Officers and Men for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field:

C.H./19638 Pte. L. J. Elliott, R. Marine Light Infy. For conspicuous gallantry. He persisted in his efforts to bring in a wounded officer for 48 hours, and only gave up when the officer died. He was four days between the lines without food.

 


 

 

29886 - 29 DECEMBER 1916

 

..... rewards for distinguished service in the field, dated 1st January, 1917:

 

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

London 10/3044 Chief Petty Offcr. W. G. Chapman, R.N.

Deal 3080 (S.) S./M. H. Evans, R. N. Div.

Clyde Z3319 Petty Offcr. J. Kent, R.N.

K.P.942 Leading Seaman (H.G.) S. Turner, Anson Bn., R.N. Div.

R.M.A. 6490 (R.F.R./B.516 Gunner T./Bombr. W. Pike, R.M.A.

 

 

 

1917

 

all War Office (included in Army lists)

 

 

29921 26 JANUARY 1917

 

..... award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Non-commissioned Officers and Men, for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field:

Ply.4594 Colr. Sjt. (A./S./M.) A. J. Banks, R.M.L.I. For conspicuous gallantry in action. He led a bombing party with great courage and determination. He was severely wounded.

 

C.Z.424 Petty Officer W. L. Burnett, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry in action. He rallied his men and led them forward with great gallantry, although he had been previously wounded. Later, he remained out all night with a covering party under heavy fire.

 


 

 

29940 13 FEBRUARY 1917

    

..... award of the Distinguished Conduct Medals in the Honours Supplement to the London Gazette, dated 1st January, 1917, the following are the acts of gallantry for which the decorations have been awarded:

Clyde Z/3319 P.O. J. Kent, R.N. Div. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has on many occasions led successful patrols under heavy fire. He has rendered invaluable service, and has been with the battalion since its formation.

 

R.M.A.6490 R.F.R./B. 516 Gnr. (Temp. Bombr.) W. Pike, R.M.A. For conspicuous gallantry. He showed marked courage and determination, as part of the gun's crew, under arduous and trying circumstances throughout the operations.

 

K. P. 942 Leading Seaman (H.G.) S. Turner, R..N. Div. For conspicuous gallantry in action. With the help of an officer he rescued a wounded man in the open, under very heavy fire.

 


 

 

30001 - 23 MARCH 1917

  

..... award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Non-commissioned Officers and Men, for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field

M.Z. 148 L.S. (H.G.) C. V. Bettridge, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Although wounded in three places, he remained at duty until his company was relieved. He set a splendid example to his men.

 

T.Z. 1917 P.O. H. Blair, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry in action. He led his platoon in the attack with great courage and determination. He personally captured twelve prisoners and bombed several enemy dug-outs.

 

P./Z. 1079 P.O. A Buckman, Mach. Gun Coy. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He fought his machine gun with great courage, and inflicted many casualties on the enemy. Later, although wounded in three places, he reported the situation before seeking medical aid.

 

T.Z. 3152 P.O. C. Callender, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry in action. He rallied the men nearest to him, and led a counter-attack against the enemy with great gallantry. He set a splendid example of courage and determination throughout.

 

K.X.490 Actg. P.O. T. Egdell, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry in action. He got his machine guns into action under heavy fire, and greatly assisted in repelling a strong enemy counter-attack. He set a fine example of courage and initiative.

 

M/Z.79 Leading Sea. E. W. Jillings, Mach. Gun Coy. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He fought his machine gun with great gallantry, and drove off many enemy attacks. Moreover, he contrived, in spite of the constant fighting, to send back adequate reports, so that supplies of ammunition could be sent him.

 

T.Z. 1571 Leading Sea. W. Punton, R.N.V.R., attd. Trench Mortar By. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He rallied the infantry, and greatly assisted in saving the situation at a critical time. He displayed great courage and determination throughout the operations.

 

B./Z. 654 Actg. P.O. P. Rosewarne, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry in action. Accompanied by another man, he rushed an enemy machine gun and shot two of the crew. Later, he twice assisted his Company Commander in rallying the men when posts were rushed. He set a splendid example throughout.

 

T./Z. 8380 Able Sea. N. Schofield, Mach. Gun Coy. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While carrying a message he was wounded in the back some 150 yards from his objective, but managed to crawl the remainder of the way, and safely delivered his message.

 

T.Z. 853 P.O. T. B. Simpson, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry in action. He led his platoon with great gallantry, and succeeded in driving off two strong enemy counter-attacks. On another occasion while leading a bombing party he was wounded, but refused to leave his post.

 


 

 

30023 - 17 APRIL 1917

  

..... award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Noncommissioned Officers and Men for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field:

C./Z. 5266 Able Sea. (H.G.) T. R Macaulay, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry in action. After killing three and wounding one of the enemy he captured a hostile machine gun, which he brought back to our front line. He set a fine example of courage and initiative throughout.

 

T.Z.4741 Petty Officer G. W. Mallett, Mach. Gun Coy., R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He established his machine gun under very heavy fire and maintained his position: for three days until relieved.

 

M.Z.529 Able Sea. F. Price, R.N.V.R. . For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Although wounded and partially buried, he managed to extricate himself. He then worked for an hour under heavy fire, and succeeded in digging out five men who had been buried.

 

C.Z. 2224 Petty Officer C. B. Wheeler, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He handled three trench mortars with marked ability, and greatly assisted in clearing up a difficult situation. He set a fine example throughout.

 


 

 

30111 - 1 JUNE 1917

 

..... rewards for distinguished service in the field:

 

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

RMA/9996 A./Bty./S./M. W. Davis, R.M.A., attd. S. Afr. Hy. Arty, (formerly R.F.R./B./1324).

Ply./13760 Sjt. (A./Clr./Sjt.) W. G. Scott, R.M.L.I.

460 S./Sjt. (Formn. Mech.) H. Williams, R.M.A.

 


 

 

30172 - 6 JULY 1917

 

With reference to the list of awards of the Distinguished Conduct Medal announced in the London Gazette of 4th ultimo the services for which these decorations were granted are specified below:

R.M.A./9996 A./Bty./S./M. W. Davis, R.M.A. (formerly R.F.R./B./1324). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has consistently performed good work throughout and has at all times under fire set a fine example.

 

Ply./13760 Sjt. (A./Ch./Sjt.) W. G. Scott, R.M.L.I. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. His work before and during operations was exceptionally good, and he has at all times set a fine example.

 

460 S./Sjt. Forem. Mech. H. Williams, R.M.A. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has performed continual good work until he was wounded while doing repairs to a Tank.

 


 

 

30188 - 17 JULY 1917

  

..... award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Noncommissioned Officers and Men, for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field:

L/Z 2333 Able Sea. H. F. Baldwin, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion. He worked for three days and nights without rest, carrying reports under heavy fire, voluntarily taking back ammunition and rations. His coolness and courage on all occasions were magnificent.

 

Deal/3251(S.)  S./Sjt. D. Booth, R. Marines. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion in evacuating wounded from a heavily shelled collecting post. His magnificent example greatly contributed to steady the men, who were suffering heavy casualties.

 

T.Z.4407 A./L. Sjt. (H.G.) W. Charlton, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion. He was the only man of a Lewis gun team who succeeded in crossing a heavily sniped space and gaming a selected position. He remained there, fully exposed, for five hours, only withdrawing after firing his last round. 

 

Ply. 66 (S.) Pte. G. Davies, R.M.L.I. For conspicuous gallantry. He advanced alone to an enemy strong point, demanded its surrender, and single-handed he brought in fifty prisoners. 

 

Mersey Z.373 Lead. Sea. W. Gilgrass, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Single-handed he captured a machine gun, which was causing heavy casualties, killing the gunners. He has on many previous occasions done fine work.

 

C./Z. 231 A/P.O. A. Ross, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Although wounded in two places, he remained in action for forty-eight hours, assisting to capture a machine gun and forty prisoners. He set a fine example to all ranks. 

 

Ch. 18511 Pte. (L./Cpl.) T. Salt, R.M.L.I. For conspicuous gallantry in operations, when he crawled backwards and forwards for three hours through heavy H.E. barrages in order to signal the effect of the Stokes mortar fire. He was wounded. 

 


 

 

30287 - 14 SEPTEMBER 1917

  

..... award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Noncommissioned Officers and Men for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field:

T.Z.2901 P.O. P. Manning (Westerhope), R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of bombers on the left flank of a raiding party. He displayed great energy in attacking the enemy, of whom he killed three and captured three. By his coolness and determination he effectively protected the flank during the operation.   

 


 

 

30450 - 28 DECEMBER 1917

 

..... rewards for distinguished service in the Field. Dated 1st Jan. 1918:

 

Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal

K.X. 173 P.O. J. Allan, R.N.V.R. (Annitsford). 

L5/3122 P O. (A./Chief P O.) H. J. Simon, R.N.V.R. (Hurst, Bixley)   

B.9632 A. /Sjt. E. C. Tye,  R.M.A., attd. S. Afr. Arty.

 

 

 

1918

 

all War Office (included in Army lists)

 

 

30555 - 1 MARCH 1918

  

..... rewards for gallantry and distinguished service in the Field. The acts of gallantry for which the decorations have been awarded will be announced in the London Gazette as early as practicable:

   

His Majesty the KING has been pleased to award the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned for gallantry and distinguished service in the Field:

K.X.196 A.B. (H.G.) P. Duffy, R.N.V.R. (Durham). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as stretcher-bearer. He worked without ceasing for thirty-six hours under heavy fire during an attack. His fine example and complete disregard of danger were an inspiration to the other stretcher-bearers, and undoubtedly saved many lives.

 

Ch. 16227 Pte. (A./Sjt.) G. A. Priestley, R.M.L.I. (Halifax). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He took command of his platoon when his officer became a casualty and led an attack on a party of the enemy who were assembling on the flank. He led his men with great courage and initiative and killed or captured the whole party.

 


 

 

30601 - 26 MARCH 1918

 

..... award of a Bar to the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men:

T/Z 1571 P.O. Punton, D.C.M., R.N.V.R, (Pelaw-on-Tyne). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the enemy attack he manned his gun, and fired over fifty rounds when surrounded by the enemy. On the base plate of the gun sinking, he proceeded to dismantle the gun, although the enemy were but fifty yards away, and brought it back safely, finally remounting it at headquarters under the supervision of the Commanding Officer. He then returned to the gun-pit with the intention of blowing up the ammunition, but this was found to be impossible, as the enemy were occupying the pit. His behaviour throughout, under the most intense barrage, was magnificent, and he set a splendid example to all the men with him. (D.C.M. gazetted 26th March, 1917.)

..... award the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned for gallantry and distinguished service in the Field:

C.Z.4047 P.O. J. Blackhall, R.N.V.R. (Falkirk). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in a night attack on an enemy machine-gun post. He reached the position before the rest of the platoon, and prevented the enemy bringing their machine-gun into action. He also, with the aid of another man, held up the garrison until the remainder of the platoon arrived, and took twelve prisoners.

 

R.28 A. Sea. F. G. Chubb, R.N.V.R. (Southampton). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as one of a party told off to capture a concrete strong point. He had to go up to his waist in water, but was the first man to reach, the objective, bayoneting one of the crew of a machine gun and helping to capture the gun and twelve prisoners.

 

C/Z410 C.P.O. (S.M.) A. Dargie, R.N.V.R. (Dundee). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When during the defence of an important position the supply of bombs and small arm ammunition failed, he collected a party of orderlies and led them up with fresh supplies, returning again and again through the enemy barrage with the utmost gallantry. His example, enthusiasm and courage throughout the day inspired all around him, and but for his devotion to duty and determination the defence would undoubtedly have failed.

 

T.Z. 569 P.O. N. Foster, M.M., R.N.V.R. (Newcastle). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of his company after it had lost all three officers and forty-eight men. He so disposed the remainder as to minimise casualties, and kept up their spirits. When an officer took over he showed the greatest energy throughout the night in finding and evacuating all wounded within 200 yards of the line.

 

TZ/2743 P.O. D. Jackson, R.N.V.R. (Carlisle). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of a platoon constructing trenches under very trying conditions and considerable shelling and machine-gun fire. He also assisted in the rescue of wounded who had been stuck fast in the mud for six or eight hours, going out in front of our line under heavy fire.

 

C/Z 5603 P.O. H. Smith, R.N.V.R. (Govan). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Taking command when the senior Petty Officers had become casualties and gaining the objective, he personally superintended the selection of the site and consolidated the gained ground.

 

B/Z 9067 A. Sea. W. J. Stringer, R.N.V.R. (Birmingham). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as one of a party of one officer and eleven other ranks who successfully attacked a concrete dug-out and took an officer and eleven men prisoners. Although wounded, he continued his work of carrying messages for several hours, until again wounded so seriously that he was unable to move.

 

T.Z. 657 P.O. T. Watson, R.N.V.R. (Durham). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in moving the men forward under a heavy barrage, collecting many who were stuck in the mud and unable to move. When in the shell holes and during the relief under heavy fire, he was invaluable in steadying a number of men who were very shaken.

 


 

 

30636 - 16 APRIL 1918

 

With reference to the announcement of the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal in the Honours Supplement to the London Gazette dated 1st January, 1918, the following are the acts of gallantry for which the decorations have been awarded:

K.X.173 P.O. J. Allan, R.N.V.R. (Annitsford). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty and consistent good service in patrol work. He always volunteered for any difficult or dangerous work, and by his courage and coolness set a fine example of devotion to duty.

 

L5/3122 P.O. (A./Chief P.O.) H. J. Simon, R.N.V.R. (Hurst, Bixley). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During lengthy operations, by his courage and ability, he invariably ensured the supply of rations, frequently under heavy shell fire.

 

South African Force.

 

R.M.A./9362 Bomdr. (A. /Sjt.) E. C. Tye, R.M.A., attd. South African Hvy. Art. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Although wounded on two separate occasions, he kept his gun in action, with the greatest courage and determination, until the end of the bombardment. On the second occasion he assisted to serve another gun, his own having been destroyed by shell fire.

 


 

 

30716 - 31 MAY 1918

 

His Majesty the KING (is) pleased, on the occasion of His Majesty's Birthday, to approve of the undermentioned rewards for distinguished service in connection with Military Operations in France and Flanders. Dated 3rd June, 1918:

   

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

TZ/3755 A./Sea. T. Coombe, R.N.V.R. (Durham).

T.Z./6581 A. Sea. R. O. Downie, R.N.V.R. (Wallsend-on-Tyne).

KP/365 P.O. H. S. Swallow, R.N.V.R. (Uxborough).

K.W.560 L. Sea. (H.G.) M. Watson, R.N.V.R. (Wakefield).

R.M.A./11074 Sjt. A. C. W. Woodhouse, R.M.A. (Southsea).

 


 

 

30932 - 1 OCTOBER 1918

 

..... award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Non-commissioned Officers, and Men, for gallantry and distinguished service in the Field:

Tyne Z/3434 C./P./O. W. Blogg, R.N.V.R. (Durham). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in a raid on a hostile position. His company was in the centre and obtained its objective after silencing machine-gun posts by bombing as they advanced. One machine gun, however, maintained its fire, whereupon he, with another N.C.O., attempted to reach it, under heavy fire, and ultimately succeeded in silencing the gun, and killing the whole team of seven men. His splendid courage and initiative undoubtedly saved severe casualties to his company from an enfilading fire.

 


 

 

30961 - 18 OCTOBER 1918

 

With reference to the announcement of the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal, which appears in the London Gazette dated 3rd June, 1918, the following are the acts of gallantry for which the1 decoration has been awarded:

TZ/3755 A. Sea. T. Coombe, R.N.V.R. (Durham). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while acting as a stretcher-bearer. In spite of the ground being in a very muddy condition, he brought in wounded from advanced positions under heavy rifle and machine-gun fire. On more than one occasion he was in a heavy enemy barrage, but continued his work with great determination and courage. His initiative undoubtedly resulted in the saving of the lives of many wounded men. 

 

T.Z./6581 A. Sea. R. O. Downie, R.N.V.R. (Wallsend-on-Tyne). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while in charge of a Lewis gun section during an enemy attack. Seeing a good position for his gun in advance of the line, he led his section forward to it under heavy rifle and machine-gun fire, occupied the post, and held it, causing the enemy many casualties. 

 

KP/365 P.O. H. S. Swallow, R.N.V.R. {Uxborough). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as a transport officer. On several occasions he has conveyed his own transport, as well as that of other units, up to the forward ration dumps during heavy shelling.   

 

KW560 Ldg. Sea. (H.G.) M. Watson, R.N.V.R. (Wakefield). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in his capacity as platoon serjeant. He displayed unusual powers of leadership both in action and when out of the line, and his personal example and conscientious attention has greatly assisted his company commander on all occasions. 

 

R.M.A./11074 Sjt. A. C. W. Woodhouse, R.M.A. (Southsea). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has rendered good service in the field during two and a-half years, showing gallantry and coolness under fire and encouraging his detachment by the example of his disregard of danger. On one occasion, when the casualties were extremely heavy, he showed unremitting devotion to duty in helping the wounded and despatching them to the dressing station.

 


 

 

30983 - 29 OCTOBER 1918

 

..... award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Men, for gallantry and distinguished service in the field:

TZ/9039 Ldg. Sea. C. H. Day, M.M., R.N.V.R. (Heckmondwike). For conspicuous courage and initiative during a raid, when he rushed an enemy machine-gun position. He engaged the crew in a desperate hand-to-hand fight, and succeeded in killing them all and capturing the gun. Later, he was largely instrumental in securing several prisoners. His fearless fighting spirit contributed greatly in the success of the operation.

 

CZ/5422 Able Seaman W. Knox, R.N.V.R (Inverkeithing). For remarkable determination in a raid, when he rendered great assistance by bayoneting three of the enemy who refused to surrender and continued to fire. He killed another, and took prisoner a fifth. He took also a leading part in destroying dug-outs where the enemy showed resistance. His example, throughout was splendid, and his absolute fearlessness an inspiration to all. 

 


 

 

31052 - 3 DECEMBER 1918

 

..... award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Non-commissioned Officers, and Men for gallantry and distinguished service in the field:

CZ/2047 P./O. J. G. Cowie, M.M., Hood Bn., R.N.V.R. (Glasgow). For conspicuous gallantry and resource during the attack on and capture of a village. He bombed a machine-gun post, killing the crew, and later, when counter-attacked, though he was wounded and gassed, he did invaluable service in getting together men of another unit as reinforcements, and by his fine courage and personal example aided materially in repelling the counter-attack. 

 

CZ/2219 A./B. J. S. Flett, "Drake" Bn., R.N.V.R. (Findochty). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as company runner. He continually kept up communication to the rear by carrying messages under very heavy shell fire. He volunteered and successfully carried a most important message regarding the company situation to battalion headquarters, over unknown ground, swept by enemy barrage, and returned through the barrage with a message to company headquarters. Throughout the operations he showed determined courage and rendered most valuable service. 

 

L.Z./3115 L./S. S. G. Lemm, Hawke Bn., R.N.V.R. (Clapham). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. When his officers had become casualties he took charge of the company and handled them with great ability. He rushed the enemy positions under extreme machine-gun fire, and captured three machine guns and a number of prisoners, afterwards quickly consolidating his position. He showed fine courage and leadership. 

 

Ch./296509 C./P./O. J. J. Martin, M.M., Drake Bn., R.N.V.R. (Tonbridge). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He got forward a supply of battalion ammunition under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire, enabling enemy counter-attacks to be beaten off. Later, during an attack, he got ammunition forward under extremely difficult circumstances. He showed splendid energy and disregard for his own safety. 

 

TZ/2815 C./P./O. J. R. Muirhead, Hawke Bn., R.N.V.R. (South Moor). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack. He led small parties of men forward under intense machine-gun fire, repeatedly returning to shell holes for others, and eventually got the whole company forward and captured the position. All his officers were killed, and it was through his fine courage and leadership that the attack was successful. He advanced one thousand yards into enemy positions after being wounded.

 

TZ/1962 C./P./O. J. W. Petty, Hawke Bn., R.N.V.R. (S. Shields). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. He was of the greatest assistance in helping to handle the company and keep platoons in touch, and when the company on the left had lost their officers he dashed over to their aid, and brought them in touch. He continued to the objective, taking two machine guns on the way. He acted with great courage and determination throughout. 

 

KW/149 A./B. H. G. B. Pollard, Anson Bn., R.N.V.R. (Ossett). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He crawled out to a wounded man under heavy machine-gun fire, dressed his wounds, and later guided stretcher-bearers out and brought him in. His disregard for his own safety under heavy fire was the admiration of all his comrades.

 

25573 L./Cpl. D. Thompson, 17th Bn., Welsh R., attd. Hood Bn., R.N.V.R. (Aberavon). For conspicuous gallantry during an attack on a village. He was in charge of two Lewis gun teams and led his section forward under severe machine-gun fire, and with his guns caused the enemy to evacuate their positions, himself controlling both guns and inflicting severe casualties on the enemy. When Nos. 1 and 2 of one of his guns became casualties he took the gun himself and carried it forward into action, enabling by his fire his platoon to advance. When the company arrived at its objective he formed a new gun's crew and again took the gun forward to an outpost position, where he remained and enfiladed the enemy when they counterattacked. He remained in this isolated position until the enemy were ejected and the line was reformed. By his courage and devotion to duty he rendered most valuable service.

 

TZ/1899 P./O. J. Walker, M.M., Hood Bn., R.N.V.R. (Pelaw-on-Tyne). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while acting company serjeant-major. When the enemy counter-attacked and broke through his line his company commander was killed. He assumed command, rallied the men and drove the enemy back. Singlehanded he attacked a party of five of the enemy, killing them all. He then led his men forward and got in touch with the company on the right. He set a splendid example of courage and good leadership.

 

 

 

 

1919

all War Office (included in Army lists)

 

 

31128 - 14 JANUARY 1919

 

..... award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Men for gallantry and distinguished service in the Field:

TZ/2452 L.S. (H.G.) E. G. Bell, Hawke Bn., R.N.V.R. (Newcastle-on-Tyne).  He led his men throughout the attack near Bucquoy, on 21st/28th August, 1918, with conspicuous gallantry and skill, capturing several machine guns with their crews and materially assisting the company to advance, in spite of heavy fire and stiff resistance. He did fine work.

 

T.Z./7755 A.B. J. J. Bellamy, Hood Bn., R.N.V.R. (Blaydon). He was acting as "runner" to the company commander during an attack N.W. of Achiet-le-Petit, on 21st August, 1918, and working with great gallantry and complete disregard of danger in country swept by shell and machine-gun fire he rendered services of great value. In company with another man he located and captured an enemy machinegun, disposing of the crew. By his courage and initiative he saved many wounded men by getting them to places of safety in spite of heavy fire. 

 

Ch./19896 Pte. W. Brindley, 1st Bn., R.M.L.I., attd. 188th L.T.M. By. (Harpington). On 25th August, 1918, near Grevillers, when his detachment was advancing in the early stages of an attack their progress was impeded by the fire of a machine gun. He went forward and single-handed captured the machine gun, taking the whole of the team prisoners. His gallantry and determination were a splendid example to all ranks. 

 

TZ/8405 Ldg./Sea. F. C. Langley, Anson Bn., R.N.V.R., attd. 188th L.T.M. By. (Sheffield). He displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an advance at Loupart Wood on 25th/26th August, 1918, bringing the mortars of which he was in charge into action at a most opportune moment when the infantry were being held up by heavy machine-gun fire. He carried out skilful and daring reconnaissances in forward areas to select places fiom which to bring his guns into action. Throughout the operations his skill and devotion to duty were worthy of very high praise. 

 

T.Z./2118 C.P.O., James Marchant, MM., Hood Bn., R.N.V.R. (Ushaw Moor.) When the advance of the company was held up by severe machine-gun fire at Achiet-le-Petit, on 21st August, 1918, he displayed great gallantry and initiative in rushing the machine gun and capturing the crew. Later on while bombing another machine gun he was severely wounded, but declined to leave his men until he fell exhausted by loss of blood, and had to be carried from the field of battle. He set a splendid example to his men. 

 

Ply./137 47 Sjt. A. Paterson, 1st Bn., R. Mar., (Pittsburg, U.S.A.). On 21st August, 1918, at Logeast Wood, when all his company officers had been killed or wounded he took command of the company, and though wounded himself he continued to lead them forward. He was wounded a second time and again a third time, but declined to leave his men until the objective was taken and consolidated. He retired to have his wounds dressed only on being ordered to do so. He showed a particularly fine example of determined gallantry and devotion to duty. 

 

E/6132 A/B. E. Prentice, Drake Bn., R.N.V.R. (Northampton). On the 21st August, 1918, at Logeast Wood, he behaved with conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when acting as Company Commander's runner, making his way through thick fog, regardless of heavy shelling from advanced positions to Battalion Headquarters and maintaining communications. On one occasion he had to fight his way through parties of the enemy who were still resisting. Throughout the operations he worked with untiring energy and rendered valuable service under very difficult conditions.  

 

WZ/424 C./P./O. G. Prowse. Drake Bn., R.N.V.R. (Landore).  On 21st August, 1918, at Logeast Wood, he led his men with great gallantry against a machine gun that was holding up the advance of the flank of his company, and in spite of difficulties of heavy mist he captured it, disposing of the crew. On a subsequent occasion he held a position against repeated counter attacks which were supported by an intense bombardment for twenty-four hours. His courage, leadership, and cheerful disposition had an invaluable effect on his men.

 


 

 

31186 - 14 FEBRUARY 1919

  

..... award of a Second Bar to the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers, for gallantry and distinguished service in the field: (Listed in more detail in 31726)

C.Z./2047 P./O J. G. Cowie, D.C.M., M.M., Hood Bn., R.N.V.R. (Glasgow).  

. Bar to the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Men, for gallantry and distinguished service in the field: (Listed in more detail in 31726)

C.Z./2047 P.O. J. G. Cowie, D.C.M., M.M., Hood Bn., R.N.V.R. (Glasgow).   

. Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Non-commissioned Officers and Men for gallantry and distinguished Service in the Field. 

Tyne Z.618 C./P./O. W. Brown, Hood Bn., R.N.V.R. (Perey Main).

Chm./17402 Cpl. (A./Sjt.) W. S. Gary, R.M.L.I., attd. Hood Bn., R.N. Div. (Hampton -on-Thames).

Po./17970 L./Cpl. T. W. Childs, 1st Bn., R.M.L.I. (Hull). 

Ply. 16495 A./Cpl. J. W. Coulthard, 1st Bn., R.M.L.I. (Ashton-under-Lyne).

Tyne Z. 3637 P/O E. Griffiths, Hood Bn., R.N.V.R. (S. Shields).

Chm./S./1191 Cpl. (A./Sjt.) L. Insley, M.M., R.M.L.I., attd. 63rd Div. M.G. Bn. (Church Gresley).

CZ/6977 A./B. (H.G.) A. Russell, Anson Bn., R.N.V.R. (Skene, Aberdeen)

 


 

 

31299 - 15 APRIL 1919

 

..... award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Non-commissioned Officers and Men for gallantry and distinguished service in the field. The acts of gallantry for which the decoration has been awarded will be announced in the London Gazette as early as practicable:

KW/498 P./O. D. Churms, Drake Bn., R.N.V.R. (Rotherham).

M.Z./175 P./O. H. Clark, Drake Bn., R.N.V.R. (Liverpool).

TZ/881 P./O. W. Curry, Hawke Bn., R.N.V.R. (Newcastle-on-Tyne).

TZ/2214 A./B. J. G. Davison, Drake Bn., R.N.V.R. (Newcastle-on-Tyne).

KW/518 L/Sea. M. Lynch, Drake Bn., R.N.V.R. (Rotherham).

 


 

 

31370 - 30 MAY 1919

   

     rewards for distinguished service in connection with Military Operations with the Armies in France and Flanders:

 

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

H/5756 Cpl. T. Forsyth, No. 4 Gun. R. Mar. Arty. (Galashiels)

CZ/1672 C./P./O. W. J. Gallagher, Hood Bn., R.N.V.R. (Glasgow).

K.W./563 P/O. H. Taylor, Drake Bn., R.N.V.R. (Rotherham).

 

 

 

1920

 

all War Office (included in Army lists)

 

 

31726 - 9 JANUARY 1920

 

With reference to the announcement of the undermentioned awards, which appeared in the London Gazette of the 18th February, 1919, the following are the acts of gallantry for which the awards were made:

 

Awarded a Second Bar to the Distinguished Conduct Medal. (First listed in 31186)

CZ/2047 P./O. J. G. Cowie, D.C.M., Hood Bn., R.N.V.R. (Glasgow). For marked courage and ability at Niergnies on 8th October, 1918. He rallied his men and led them forward through a heavy machine-gun barrage, and established the line between his company and the left flank. He then, with great courage, charged an enemy post single-handed, killing two and making six prisoners. His gallantry and initiative were most marked. (D.C.M. gazetted 5th December, 1918.) (1st Bar gazetted 18th February, 1919.)

Awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Conduct Medal. (First listed in 31186)

CZ/2047 P./O. J. G. Cowie, D.C.M., M.M., Hood Bn., R.N.V.R (Glasgow). During the attack near Cambrai 29th September, 1918, and 1st October, 1918, he displayed fine leadership under very heavy fire and in the most trying circumstances. On two occasions he took a small party through under machine-gun fire and established touch with neighbouring, units. On 30th September when a working party had been dispersed with heavy casualties by severe shelling, he collected the men and led them back under very heavy fire. (D.C.M. gazetted 30th October, 1918.

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Tyne Z/618 C./P./O. W. Brown, Hood Bn., R.N.V.R. (Percy Main). During the attack on 29th September, 1918, west of Escaut Canal, when the company was held up by heavy machine-gun fire, and the platoon commander wounded, this chief petty officer took command of the platoon, and by skilful leadership captured a machine gun and then turned the machine gun on the enemy, inflicting heavy casualties. He displayed throughout fearless and able leadership.

 

Chm./17402 Cpl. (A./Sjt.) W. S. Gary, R.M.L.I., attd. Hood Bn., R.N. Div. (Hampton-on-Thames). During the attack on Niergnies, on 8th October, 1918, he showed conspicuous gallantry in attacking a strong enemy position and capturing a machine gun. He led his platoon against the enemy position and captured one officer and sixty other ranks. He pushed on this fire, and successfully captured a machine gun, and then, returning to his platoon, he again led them forward. He set a splendid example of courage to his men.

 

Po/17970 L./Cpl. T. W. Childs, 1st Bn., R.M.L.I. (Hull). At Niergnies, on the 8th October,  1918, after our objective had been gained, this man showed conspicuous gallantry and skill in handling his Lewis-gun section. He succeeded in pushing his section forward to an advanced post, advancing under covering fire by short rushes. He engaged an enemy tank, and when it was knocked out and the crew was attempting to take out the machine guns to engage our positions, he forced them to retire.

 

Ply./16495 A./Cpl. J. W. Coulthard, 1st Bn., R.M.L.I. (Ashton-under-Lyne). For conspicuous galantry and devotion to duty on 27th September, 1918, north-west of Anneux. When his company was held up by strong opposition from the quarry he led his section towards Anneux in the face of heavy artillery fire. He eventually succeeded in outflanking the quarry and obtaining enfilade fire to bear on it, with the result that the enemy were forced to retire.

 

Tyne Z/3637 P./O. E. Griffiths, Hood Bn., R.N.V.R. (S. Shields).  On 30th September and 1st October, 1918, at Escaut Canal this petty officer in charge of a platoon pushed on and seized a most important trench opposite Proville. This he held with the utmost gallantry, and for twenty-four hours no rations could be got to them or any communications. By his fine example and cool courage he inspired his men to hold on; and beating off a determined enemy raid in the early hours of the second day, held the position until relieved.

 

Chm/S/1191 Cpl. (A./Sjt.) L. Insley, M.M., R.M.L.I., attd. 63rd Div. M.G. Bn. (Church Gresley). For great gallantry, leadership and devotion to duty on 8th October, 1918, before Niergnies when in charge of two machine guns. During an enemy counter-attack with tanks, which had penetrated the outpost line, he kept the guns in action against shell and machine-gun fire from the tanks, finally putting one out of action 100 yards from his gun position. He then reforded and took command of a large party of infantry, and led them forward to their position. He did excellent work throughout.

 

KP/599 Lea.-Sea. (A./P.O.) T. Nicklin, Hawke Bn. R.N.V.R. (Newcastle-on-Tyne). During the operations near Niergnies, on 8th October, 1918. Under heavy machine-gun fire he personally reconnoitred a railway cutting occupied by the enemy, and later, advancing 200 yards up the cutting, captured two machine guns and inflicted heavy casualties on the gun crews. His gallantry and excellent control of the platoon throughout ensured the success of the operations and enabled the positions to be held. 

 

R./639 A./B,. W. F. E. Northern, Hood Bn., R.N.V.R. (Barton Latimer). For most conspicuous gallantry at Niergnies, on October 8th, 1918. When all the rest of the crew of his Lewis gun had become casualties he carried on alone, and kept his gun in action. After the enemy counter-attacked with tanks and forced back our line, he rushed forward alone with his gun and got it into action against an enemy tank. When the tank had been knocked out he advanced his gun and fired on the advancing enemy waves, dispersing them. 

 

OZ/6977 A./B. (H.G.) A. Russell, Anson Bn., R.N.V.R. (Skene, Aberdeen). Near Graincourt, on 27th September, 1918. When the battalion on the left was held up by machine-gun fire, a party of the enemy was observed moving down a sunken road to attack them on the flank. This non-commissioned officer rushed forward with his Lewis gun, and regardless of heavy machine-gun fire opened fire on the enemy at close range, putting the whole party, with two machine guns, out of action.

 


 

 

31745 - 20 JANUARY 1920

 

..... awards for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in North Russia conferred by Maj.-Gen. C C. M. Maynard, K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., in pursuance of the powers vested in him by His Majesty: 

 

Murmansk Command.

  

Awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

999397 A./B. J. Buss, D.C.M., M.M.R. (Camberwell). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Rimskaya, on 29th August, 1919, when he advanced with his machine gun under heavy fire, and by skilful handling of the same was largely responsible for the capture of 30 prisoners by his section. (D.C.M. gazetted 5th December, 1918.)

 


 

 

31794 - 24 FEBRUARY 1920

 

With reference to the announcement of the undermentioned awards, which appeared in the London Gazette of the 17th April, 1919, the following are the acts of gallantry for which the awards were made:

 

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

K.W./498 P./O. D. Churms, Drake Bn., R.N.V.R. (Rotherham). For most conspicuous gallantry and initiative during operations at the Escault Canal. Under intense machine-gun fire he swung himself across the broken bridge from girder to girder, others following his most gallant example. He promptly organised this party, bringing enfilade fire to bear on all the suspected enemy machine-gun employments. His initiative and resource at this time, apart from his utter disregard of danger, was undoubtedly instrumental in the capture of the canal.

 

M.Z./175 P./O. H. Clark, Drake Bn., R.N.V.R. (Liverpool). For most conspicuous gallantry and initiative during the operations from 27th September to 1st October, 1918, from Moeuvres to Proville. He displayed great courage and fearlessness in his continual attacks on machine-gun posts. In the Hindenburg support line he led an attack on an enemy post which had been holding up the advance of other units for over two hours. He dashed forward into the post, killing four of the crews and capturing 30 men and six machine guns.

 

TZ/881 P./O. W. Curry, Hawke Bn., R.N.V.R. (Newcastle-on-Tyne). During the operations in front of Grancourt, on 27th September, 1918, he advanced his platoon in face of heavy fire without a covering barrage from our guns, and succeeded in outflanking the enemy position and capturing a battery of field guns. Later on the same day he held an isolated position on the left flank, and with twenty men repelled an enemy counter-attack, steadying his men by his fine example.

 

T.Z/2214 A./B. J. G. Davison, Drake Bn., R.N.V.R. (Newcastle-on-T'yne). For conspicuous gallantry, determination and devotion to duty during the operations from 27tlh September to 1st October, 1918, from Moeuvres to Proville whilst employed as a battalion runner. He rendered most invaluable services in maintaining communication, his duties at all times taking him to the most forward positions held, and mostly machine-gun swept zones. His coolness and splendid spirit were an inspiration to all around him. 

 

KW/518 L./Sea. M. Lynch, Drake Bn., R.N.V.R. (Rotherham). For great gallantry and initiative on the 29th September, 1918, in crossing the Escault Canal. The success of the crossing was entirely due to his promptitude and disregard of danger. Upon reaching the eastern bank of the canal he established his gun in a position where heavy fire was brought to bear upon the enemy. Later, he took back a message under very heavy fire to battalion headquarters asking for more ammunition.

 

W.Z./63 P./O. R. Matthews, R.N.V.R . attd. M.G. Bn. (Swansea). For conspicuous gallantry and leadership before Cambrai 27th September/1st October, 1918. When his officer was killed he took his section forward in close support of the leading infantry, and promptly bringing his guns into action put out of action enemy artillery. Later, again, he showed marked coolness and able leadership while taking his section over the Canal De L'Escaut under heavy artillery fire.

 

TZ/5038 Lea./Sea. (A./P.O.) R. Russell, Hawke Bn., R.N.V.R. (Bolden Colliery). During the operations in front of Grancourt on 29th September, 1918, he was in charge of the company L.G.s. He pushed ahead of the company under heavy machine-gun fire and selected positions for the guns to advance to. When one gun team became casualties he himself took the gun and succeeded in killing two horses limbered up to a field gun and prevented its escape. Later he pushed on to Grancourt Trench, and by the quickness of tihe attack resulted in the capture of a large number of prisoners.

 

KX/245 A./B. (H.G.) T. R. Stagg, Drake Bn., R.N.V.R. (Newcastle-on-Tyne). For marked gallantry, resource and leadership during operations from 27th-30th September, 1918, at Grancourt and Escault Canal. With great determination he held on to an advanced post during a heavy barrage in which at least three of his men became casualties. Subsequently he, with his three men, rushed two machine-gun posts in succession. Later, he pushed forward alone and captured two machine guns and eleven of the enemy.

 


 

 

32092 - 19 OCTOBER 1920

 

..... award for gallantry and distinguished service rendered during Military Operations in North Russia. To be dated 20th October, 1919: 

 

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

CH/22549 Pte. T. Pyle, R.M.L.I. (Chatham). For gallant service in North Russia, where he effectively bombed hostile sangars which were holding up the advance. Subsequently as a prisoner of war he showed much determination under very trying conditions.

 

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