NEW ZEALAND DIVISION.
AWARDS FOR HEROISM
(From Captain Malcolm Ross, Official Correspondent with the New Zealand Forces m the Field.) January 30. There is published this morning what will probably be the final fighting list of honors aiid award's made by FieldMarshal Haig to the New Zealanders' Division. Colonel Jardine, commanding the Second Battalion. Rifles, gets a> bar to the D.S.O. for his resource and skill m fighting at Quesnoy. On November 4th, the enemy, who was holding the railway embankment m front of the city, brought such a heavy machine-gun fire to bear that our attack was 1 temporarily held up. Colonel Jardine used his reserves with such success, promptitude, and! skill that the advance conld be continued. The enemy also held strong commanding positions on the ramparts, using field guns, minnenwerfer, machine-guns, and rifles on our attacking troops, but Colonel Jardine went under fire from company to company directing the operations and pushing his men from position to position until he out-manoeuvred the enemy andf subdued the enemy's five, thereby materially helping to bring about the fall of the town. Three bars, to the Military Cross are awarded, one to Lieutenant McMinn, of the Rifles, who, on . October 31st, did fine work with a patrol m locating enemy, positions near Quesnoy. This small, patrol of six all told found forty Germans occupying a railway cutting, fired; i on them with rifles, and also enfiladed them with Lewis guns. McMinn, realising the seriousness of the position should the enemy attack, rushed along the railway for 200 yards and, singlehanded, fell upon the enemy, killing several and thoroughly disorganising the others. By this sudden and gallant action his little party effected' the surrender of one officer and thirty-seven of other ranks. Captain Greenish, of the Third Battalion Rifles, while pressing forward; with his company to a second objective j on November 4th, came into country j devoid of cover and swept by enemy j machine-guns m commanding positions. ! Fearlessly he led his men forward, put- ! ting some of the enemy to flight and' capturing others, whereby the second objective was gained.The third bar to the Cross was gained by Lieutenant Hugh Johnston, First Canterbury.*?, for his gallant leadership near Mormal Forest. On November! sth he led a rush forward, and captured a^ machine-gun ; and at one time when his company was surrounded' fought his way out and drove the enemy off. He then reorganised and led his company forward, capturing his objective m the face of heavy machine-gun and shellfire. Like many others,, he showed m this determined fighting absolute disregard for his own . safety. The Military Cross has been awarded to twenty-two men. One is to Padre Robson, , of the First Canterbury Regi'irient-,' for work under heavy shell-fire amongst the wounded m the vicinity of Mormal Forest. After the battalion had been relieved, he remained' behind the whole day, under very heavy .shell-fire, to bury its dead, a task that was not completed till darkness fell. ' ; Machiiie-guriners are amongst those who have gained the Military Cross. One of the most conspicuous is Lieutenant <A; R. Curtis, who did fine work with his Vickers gun m Mormal Forest. When approaching a forester's house his section came into a force with a barrage of gas and high explosives, and, finding the road blown up m several places, and the ground m a boggy condition, man-handled their limbers off the road through scrub to a sound position. Curtis, with fine initiative, later made good!, and silenced the enemy ma-chine-guns that were - shooting at our consolidating troops. Auckland, Canterbury, WelUngton, a.nd Otago infantry officers figure m this list for acts of gallantry, ' skill, and initiative that led to the death of many Germans and the capture of- prisoners and field and machine-guns. Tlie list wil] reach you m due cours© from the High Commissioner's, office. One of. the recipients is Lieutenant Harold Domigan, of the First Otagos, who was m command of a company. He advanced 100 /yards m the dusk over unknown ground, crossed the Evaillon riyer, east of Beaudignies, established bridgeheads, and i made good the high ground a thousand yards beyond. At on& stage he turned an enemy position, capturing three officers and seventy-five men of other ranks, and seven machineguns. Having made good the high ground, he pushed! patrols forward another 1000 yards, and, receiving no new s of his patrols for some time, his runners unknown to him having been killed, he himself went forward to them, and established touch with a unit on his flank. All through the two days of this advance this young officer, with the heavy responsibility of a company command, displayed intrepidity and leadership of a high order. Fifteen n. co.'s and men have won the D.C.M. Among those who gained the bar to the D.S.O. for courage arid leadership m the recent fighting was LieutenantColonel Robert Allen, of the Auckland Regiment, who was attached to the First Battalion Rifle Brigade. In an attack at Crevecoeur early ,m October he displayed' remarkable courage under fire^ and great skill m command of his battalion. During th© attack his headquarters was heavily shelled, and all his save one became casualties. He himself was wounded, yet remained to superintend the evacuation of the other .woundecf. At Le Quesnoy, on November 4th, although . constantly tinder heavy artillery and machine-gun fire, he moved from company to company throughout the attackj personally directing operations. H© was wounded m the leg, but carried on till all his objectives .were taken. He ; and his brother ai'e well-known throughout the division for their great daring and able leadership. Each has been wounded four times, and by all ordinary laws . of chance each should have been killed) before the end of tlie campaign. / Lieutenant-Colonel McQuarrie, who from the Gallipoli days onward has had a d-istinguished career m artillery, has been awarded the D.S.O.
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NEW ZEALAND DIVISION., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLVI, Issue 14832, 8 February 1919
NEW ZEALAND DIVISION. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLVI, Issue 14832, 8 February 1919
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