ROLL OF BRITISH HEROES
AWARD OF 58 MORE D.S.O.'s. KtGFIT DECORATIONS GO TO THE ARTILLERY. Gallantry with the Expeditionary Force has again been recognised, the King having- approved tho appointment of 58 more officer.? as Companions of the Distinguished Service- Order. Seven of these decorations go to the Royal Field Artillery, and one to the Royal Horse Artillery, while the good work done by the Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry is shown by the fact that five 'D.S.O.'s hare been conferred upon this regiment. The distinctions have been divided among the R.F.A.. E.H.A., Royal Engineers, R.A.M.C., Rifle Brigade, and 23 regiments. Several well-known sportsmen are included in tho list. Perhaps the. best known .is Captain C. V. Fox, of tho Scots Guards, who won the Diamond Sculls in 1901. Cricket is represented by Lieut. R. E. Hancock, the Somerset County batsman, and cross-country by Lieut. H. \V. C. Lloyd, the well-known Cambridge
" Blue." Captain Paynter represents racing. The gallant captain is a. famous cross-country rider, and has ridden and owned two winners of the Military Gold Cup, Jack Symons being the successful horse this year. Second-Lieut. H. N.'J Atkinson is the Welsh amateur golf champion. Four of the brave officers have not lived to enjoy the honor. The awards aro as follow : Lieut. Eric Litchfield Brooke Anderson, Royal Field Artillery.—On September 26 displayed conspicuous bravery with his gun in infantry firing line, bringing it out. of its emplacement to meet enemy's infantry attack. The gun was struck by a shell, and he. and three of detachment were wounded.
Second-lieut. Henry Noel Atkinson (3rd Cheshire Regiment).—For conspicuous gallantry under a. heavy fire from front and both flanks, by collecting a. few men and checking the. enemy, thereby facilitating the retirement of his comrades. Lieut. Cuthbcrt Savilie Bainc.s, 2nd Oxfordshire and Bucks L.l.—Did good work in attack on October 21, pushing on when all his company officers were, killed or wounded ; also good work in repelling attacks on October 22 and 25. Lieut. Frederick Herbert. Blackwood, attached Ist Lincolnshire Regiment.—On November 1, at Wytsehacte, during an attack on village, rallied and kept men in their places after every company commander had been killed or wounded, showing great gallantry and coolness under heavy lire.
Lieut. Ralph Blewitt, R.F.A.—Gallant and skilful handling of a single gun in support of infuury on the road to Ghelivult on October 31. being all the time under heavy fire. This action was of the greatest uea to the infantry. Captain the Hon. Ernest William Maitland Molynenx Braba/.on, 3rd Coldstream Guards.— Has shown conspicuous efficiency in Staff duties and in keeping up communication with a long line of front composed of many units, where communication was often difficult. He has carried and delivered messages under fire, with promptness and despatch. Major Albemarle Bertie Edward Cator, Scots Guards. —He commanded 20th Brigade in action for five, days alter the brigadier was wounded, and has shown an example of cheerfulness and optimism which has helped materially to pull it together. Lieut. Charles Ralph Congreve, 2nd Durham L.L—On October 28 saved the iifo of Captain Wallace, by bringing him when wounded into cover under heavy fire. Lieut. Richard Bannstre Cros.se, 2nd Oxfordshire and Bucks L.l.—As adjutant, for consistent good work throughout the campaign. Lieut. Joseph Leslie Dent, 2nd South Staffordshire Regiment.—On October 7 located an encinyVs trench by daring scouting at night, subsequently rushing it with two sections and driving enemy away. Second-lieut. Leonard Maurice Edward Dent. 6th Dragoon Guards (Special Reserve). —For gallantry during tho operations between October 27 and November 1. in volunteering whenever a. difficult piece of work had to be done (wounded). Captain James Stuart Dunne, R.A.M.C. —During German attack on night of October 31, near Messine.s, he established a dressing station just behind tho trenches, and was the means of saving many lives, ho himself going several times into the trenches to attend to wounded men who could not bo moved.
Major Henry Marion Durand, 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers, Brigade Major, 4th Cavalry Brigade.—During night attack by Germans near Mes-sines on October 31-November 1 volunteered to go to the support trenches to ascertain "situation. and brought bark information, displaying coolness and nerve. Lieutenant Rudolph Edmund Alnysius Viscount Feilding. Coldstream Guards (Special Reserve), attached 3rd Battalion. —Conspicuous gallantry in leading platoon during attack on October 21. He handled it with skill, and held an advanced post for two days under heavy shell fire. Has done oilier good work in preparing defensive positions.
Major Arthur Baron Forman, R.H.A.—For exceptionally good work during the operations of October 25 to November 4, near Messincs. during. which time he did splendid work directing and observing fire, day after day. from a very exposed position under heaw f.heJl fire.
Captain Charles Vincent Fox, 2nd Scots Guards. —Conspicuous gallantry at Kruiecik, in which action he captured five officers and 2CO prisoners. Captain Edward Stephen Gibbons, Ist Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment).—Displayed great coolness and zeal in action at L<; Maisnil on October 21 in a ftcriou.-s emergency.
Lieutenant Frank Hugh Gunner, 2nd South Staffordshire Regiment.—Conspicuous and consistent good work, in charge, of machine gun section, September 12 to November 4—almost continually in. action; displayed greatest courage, coolness, and judgment in. dilfjiuilt and dangerous situations.
Lieutenant Lord Claud Nigel. Hamilton, Ist Grenadier Guards.—Commanded machine gun for five days and nights in forward trenches without relief, with great effect and under severe fire. Lieutenant Arthur Alan Hanbury Han-bury-Sparrow, Ist Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment).—Has done good work throughout the campaign. Was severely wounded during an attack on German position Paschendaele-Becela-ere road, which resulted in taking enemy's trenches and 70 prisoners. Lieutenant Ralph Escott Hancock, lei Devonshire Regiment.—On October 23 displayed conspicuous gallantry in leaving his trench under very heavy fire and going back some 60 yards over absolutely bare ground to pick up Corporal Warwick, who had fallen whilst coming up with a party of reinforcements. Lieutenant Hancock conveyed this non-commissioned officer to the cover of a haystack and then returned to his trench. (Since killed in action.)
Second-lieutenant Henry William Huggins, R.F.A.—Conspicous gallantry in going forward to a cottage between the German trenches and our own, so as to be better able to direct his. battery's fire. He remained there for three days under heavy rifle fire, directing with success by telephone. Captain Lord Alastair Robert Innes-Ker, Royal Horse Guards.—During critical situation at Kruiseik, on October 26, the regiment was sent to relievo pressure of determined attack. The operation was entirely successful. Cajptain, Innes-Ker
sliowpd conspicuous courage with the advance squadron, bringing wounded men out of action under vcrv heavy fire.
Captain John Edmund Valentine Is;iae. Reserve of Officers, the Rifle Brigade (the Prince Consort's Own).—Has shown conspicuous gallantry on all occasions. Has always obtained reliable and valuable information when required. On October 24 he guided a unit to a critical point with great skill, which resulted in checking the enemy. Was wounded in the engagement. Lieutenant John Peake Knight. R.F.A. —Conspicuous and consistent gallantry in assisting infantry, especially on November 10. Has shown himself full of enterprise and initiative. His work has much encouraged the infantry. Lieutenant Hubert Stanley Kreyer, 2nd Alexandra. Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment).—Has shown conspicuous gallantry on several occasions in conveying messages along the trenches under* heaw fire, His commanding officer considers that it was largely due to the services rendered by this officer on one occasion that the battalion was extricated from a. difficult position. Captain Cameron Lamb. 2nd Border Regiment.—Repeated gallantry and exceptionally good work scouting daily in and amongst the enemy's lines. Seconddieutenant Humphrey Willis Chetwode Lloyd. Ist Duke of Edinburch's (Wiltshire Regiment).—On October 19 led an attack and effected an important lodgment in enemy's Hnes, from which ho was subsequently withdrawn, as general advance was checked. Has acted for adjutant for a month, and has always volunteered and performed good work with information patrols. Lieutenant James Kenneth M'CVmnell, 20th Hussars. —For coolness, gallantly, and exceptionally good work during the operations of October 23 to. November 4 near Messines, and for exceptionally good service in covering with his machine guns the retirement of his regiment from the trenches with great skill and gallantry on November 1, near Mes-sines. Lieutenant Wilraot Edward MaitlandDougall. R.F.A.—Conspicuous enterprise in spotting the shield of an enemy's gun only 600 yds away, getting tip a gun into tho firing line, successfully knocking enemy's gun out, and also checking the enemy's infantry advance. X/ieuten.a-r.t Kevin John Martin, Royal Engineers.—Conspicuous gallantry in taking his section across heavily fire-swept ground to prepare a house with loopholes from which our infantry hoped to he able to overcomo enemy, who were fortified in some other neighboring buildings. He successfully placed a. machine gun in position and helped the infantry for the rest of the day. Again on November 12 did good work, and was wounded. Lieutenant Stewart Graham Menzics, 2nd Life Guards.—Showed the greatest coolness during the attack on German position ltd by Major the Hon. A. F. Stanley, Ist Life Guards, on November 7, in support of the right flank of the 4th Guards Brigade, and again on the evening of that day-. Captain Lord Francis George Montagu-Douglas-Scott, Grenadier Guards (attached Irish Guards). —For persistent and gallant efforts to rally the battalion when much shaken after heavy losses, and by helping to restore steadiness by his good example Captain Bernard Law Montgomery, Royal "Warwickshire Regimen!. —Conspicuous gallant leading on October 15, when be. turned the enemy out of their trenches with the- bayonet. He. was .severely v. ended. Lieutenant Laurence Gail Nicholson, 3rd (attached Ist) Battalion Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment).— Led and commanded his platoon admirably during an attack on German position Paschcndaele-Becelnere road, which resulted in the taking of the enemy's trenches and 70 prisoners. (Has since died of his wounds.) Captain Norman .Archibald Orr-Ewing, Scots Guards (attached Irish Guards!. — For persistent and gallant efforts io rally the battalion when much shaken after ; ts heavy losses, and by his good example helping to restore it to its usual steadiness. Lieutenant Edmund Archibald Osbc.-ne. Royal Engineers.—Repeated gallantry and coolness in action on October 31. ite recovered a. cable waggon which had t.rtn abandoned by the enemy. Has frequently shown great capacity for command. Captain Frank Lionel Pardoe, Ist King's Royal Rifle Corps.—On September 50 and previous days this oflicer carried messages under rifle and shell fire. He was knocked down by a shell, but did not relinquish hi.; dutv.
Captain George Camborne Boauclrrk I'a.ynter, 2nd Scots Guards. —On night of October 21, while in command of battalion, fought his trendies all night against repeated attacks from front ana rear. .second-lieutenant Hugh Valentine PenDavis, 3rd (attached 2nd) Oxfordshire and Bucks L.L—November 3, conspicuous good work, in advancing from bis trench, and assisting in driving awa.y a party of the enemy who were commencing to dig a new trench within 30yds of his own. Thirty of the enemy were shot down on this occasion.
Second-lieutenant Francis Pcpys. 2nd Oxfordshire and Bucks L.L—On November 5, conspicuous good w.ork in advancing from his trench and assisting in driving away a party of the enemy who were commencing to dig a. new trench within 30yds of his own. Thirty of the enemy were shot down on the. occasion. (Since killed in a-ction.) Lieutenant William Charles Rait Kerr. R.F.A.—Gailant. conduct in bringing up a gun to within 250 yds of the enemy in a wood, and blowing down, a house in which the enemy were working a machine gun. (Since killed in action.)
-Second-lieutenant James Reginald Russell, Ist. Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiments) —For exceptional gallantry on.i grit in the- firing line in trenches near Neuve Chapelle, between October 23 and October 20.
Lieutenant George Ellis Sampson, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Army Signal Service). —Oil September 30 and previous days this oflicer carried messages under rifle and shell fire. He. was knocked down by a. shell, but did not relinquish his duty. Captain Patrick Sampson, R.A.M.C.— Has shown frequent and conspicuous gallantry throughout the campaign, especially on C/ctober 21 and 22, attending wounded, men under very heavy shell fire. Lieutenant Edmond Charles Acton Schreiber. R.F.A.—Very gallant conduct on September 14 in saving horses which had become entangled in blocked road, and man-handling guns away from a position which, had become untenable from a very heavy shell fire, continuing to work although wounded. Lieutenant Aubrey Vere Spencer, 3rd Oxfordshire and Bucks L.L—Good work in attack on October 21, and in repelling night attacks on October 21, 22, and 23. Major the Hon. Algernon Francis Stanley, Ist Life Guard*. —On November 7 led his regiment with great resolution and skill during an advance to support and protect the right Hank of the 4th Guards Brivade, which' had become uncovered by the retreat of a portion of the line. He held *n to his position, although out of touch on either flank, and thereby materially helped the 4th. Guards Brigade to re-establish their line during the following night. Captain Sidney John Steward, R.A.M.C. (Special Reserve). —Went with party of stretcher-bearers across ground swept by rifle and shell fire to Langemarck village, and removed 11 wounded men. Lieut. Herbert William Vaneittart Stewart, 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers.—On October 23, when two German machine guns were enfilading ida trench afc 2CO
yards range, ho went out and afcai down two teams, one after tb« ot> .j, silenced the guns.
Captain Frederick Courtney T&nner, 2nt Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment,).—By gaf larit leading forced passage of canal north of Vielle Chapelle. on October 12, and was largely responsible for success of genera.' operations. Has invariably done, well. Captain Thomas. Balfour Traill, Ist Royal Scots Fusiliers.—After being wounded in the knee, rode back under fire, for reinforcements, returned, and remained with his company during retirement. (August 23). Second-Lent. Dudley Ralph Turnbull, Ist Gordon Highlanders.—Conspicuous gallantry on October 13 in serving hij maxim gnn when detachment were ai! wounded, until he also wa.i wounded in. two places and his gun damaged by a shell. Pie subsequently recovered the gun. bringing it away on his shoulder. Lieut. Henry Colville Barclay Wemyss Royal Engineer.?.—Has shown eonspicuou/ efficiency in Staff duties and in keeping up communication with a Ions; line or front, composed of many units, where communication was often difficult. lio has carried and delivered messages under fire with promptness and despatch. Lieut. Henrv Basil Havdon White. Ist Queen's Own ' (Royal West. Kent Regiment). —Near Xeuve Chapelle, for bringing his. battalion out of action after. 10 successive days in the trenches, during which time he showed great powers of leadership and determination of a high order. Second-lieut. Osmond Williams, 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys).—For general gallant service near Monsines in ascertaining under fire the progress of night operations, and especially on night of October 31 for leading 12th Lancers to position for counter-attack, in which ha took part, accounting for 11 of the enemy himself. Captain .Tames Edward SomervilleWoodman, 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers.— Commanded three companies of his regiment in attack on ."Le Touquet, and afterwards commanded the section of defence which included that village. Captain the Hon. Edward Sea wen. Wyndham. Ist Life Guards.—.Near Messines, on October 31-Novem'ber 1, during night attack by Germans, after some of his trenches had been taken and himself wounded, he counter-attacked, retook the trenches, and subsequently withdrew his squadron. Another recipient of the coveted Cross is Lance-corporal William Holmes, of the 2nd Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light, Infantry. The. act which »e<rured. Mm this distinction is officially given as follows.: - At Le Cateau, on August 26. carried a wounded man out of th-3 trenches under heaw fire, and later assisted to drive a gun out of action by taking the place of a driver who had been wounded. Holmes is not merely a. humble hero fir.m a humble household, but be is a modest one as well. So modest, in fact, that he Hasn't confided to lu's young wife, any details which supplement the bald narrative set forth in the official li:-t. When the mail left he was nursing a badly-wounded 'eg in Weyhridgo Military Hospital, but is making steady progress toward recovery. Arid while he is recovering the denizens of Abbey street (London) are discussing a plan of welcome to their hero when he piv.-ents himself among his own folk.
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