First World War
Second World War
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Distinguished Conduct Medals in the museum's collection
Sergeant Henry Atkinson DCM, number 13881, Army Cyclist Corps,
“13881 Sergeant H Atkinson, VII Corps Cyclist Battalion (Lancaster)
From 14 Aug 1918 to
7 Sep 1918,
he was in charge of six signallers of his battalion at the 2nd Army
Heliograph Transmitting Station on the Mont-des-Cats. On the 16 Aug,
the enemy, having observed the signalling, shelled the station almost
daily. The signallers remained at their posts and carried on. He was
at the heliograph whenever messages were being sent and it was due to
his fine disregard of danger and to the devotion to duty of the
signallers that the continuity of communication was maintained.”
3 Sep 1919
Sergeant Jeremiah Beresford DCM, number 9770, King’s Own. KO2167/02
Distinguished Conduct Medal to Private John Booth DCM MM, number 12141,
7th King’s Own. KO1340/01
25 Aug 1917
Sergeant (Acting CQMS) George Cooper Bowles DCM, number 11156, 6th
King’s Own. KO1121/008
“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on all occasions, both
in and out of action. He has frequently performed the duties of CSM
with energy and cheerfulness, and has set a splendid example of devotion
to duty to all ranks”
21 Oct 1918
Corporal George Sidney Clark DCM, number 17328, King’s Own, later
commissioned into the Leicestershire Regiment. KO1526/02
“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He organised and led a
party against an enemy strong point, and put a machine gun out of
action, taking twenty prisoners. He held on to the post until compelled
18 Jul 1917.
Company Sergeant Major John Connor DCM, number 11680, 6th King’s Own.
“For conspicuous gallantry from the 10th to 15th August 1915, at
Suvla Bay, when, after all the officers of his Company had been killed
or wounded, he commanded his men with great bravery and skill.”
11 Mar 1916
Sergeant James Musgrave Cross DCM, number 202738, 1st/4th King’s Own.
“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in attacking single
handed an enemy strong point and capturing it, together with five
prisoners. On reaching the objective, when all his officers had become
casualties, he took charge and carried on with great energy and skill,
collecting stragglers from other units and covering the retirement of
the battalion on his flank.”
22 Oct 1917
26 Jan 1918.
Philip Fordham DCM, number 3710327, 1st Battalion, King's Own. 1944.
Quarter Master Sergeant D Hardman DCM, number 2638, King’s Own.
10 Sep 1901,
Sergeant Peter Kearney DCM, King’s Own. Crimea, 1855. KO1867/01
On 18 Oct 1854 Sergeant Peter Kearney and ten men of the King’s Own
volunteered as sharpshooters ‘to approach to within four or five hundred
yars of the enemy’s works, there to establish themselves in extended
order… Whilst so established they will endeavour to pick off the enemy’s
artillery-men in embrasures…’
Horse Guards 10 Feb 1855
Company Sergeant Major Frederick Charles Lelliot DCM, number 8073, 1st
King’s Own. KO1442/01
“For gallant conduct and excellent work throughout the winter in the
trenches. Company Sergeant Major Lelliot’s zeal, enterprise and example
have had great effect on the men, and he has shown himself as always
ready for any dangerous work, such as laying out wire entanglements,
repairing parapets etc.”
30 Jun 1915
Private Joshua Lord DCM, number 18506, 1st King’s Own. KO2020/01
“For conspicuous gallantry. Two very large trench mortars fell
simultaneously in the front trench, burying but not killing three men.
Private Lord with great bravery and coolness got upon the parapet and
assisted to dig the men out, although exposed to heavy rifle fire. He
was wounded once in doing so.”
11 Mar 1916
Private John McChystal DCM MM, number 21738,11th & 8th King’s Own.
“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a raid. He was
one of the first to enter the post, and after the prisoners had been
secured, saved the entire situation by noticing the attempt of the enemy
to organise a counter-attack. Without waiting for orders, he rushed
forward along the line of posts, bombing each in turn, and inflicted
heavy loss to the enemy and ensured the success of the raid. His
courage and initiative were a splendid example to all ranks.”
30 Oct 1918
Sergeant Alfred Price DCM, number 32, 1st/5th King’s Own. KO0793/01
Sergeant Alfred Price.
Honours and Awards – Distinguished Conduct Medal.
Action for which commended.
On 27th April 1915 during an advance from Potizje Wood near Ypres, to
support the Lahore Division, the company in which this Non Commissioned
Officer was serving had reached a point where the curtain of shell fire
was impenetrable, when a shell fell in the middle of the platoon,
killing 8 and wounding 11. The company was then ordered to take up a
position in the next field, and this NCO volunteered to stay, at the
above point during heavy shell and rifle fire, and by his coolness kept
the Company steady whilst the Company Commander led them to the new
position. This NCO also acted as temporary Company Sergeant Major for 10
weeks, during which time he was indefatigable in supervising working
parties and wiring parties, going practically without any rest himself,
and never failing to act in a highly conscientious and intrepid manner.
Recommended by Lieutenant Colonel F Eaves, Commanding 1st/5th Battalion,
King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, (TF).
“For conspicuous gallantry when assisting his company commander under
very trying circumstances after heavy casualties had been suffered.”
15 April 1916
Colour Sergeant E G Roebuck DCM, number 2086, King’s Own. KO0606/01
10 Sep 1901
Sergeant H E Smith DCM, number 4715, King’s Own. KO1048/01
Company Sergeant Major Ellis Williams DCM, number 6612, King’s Own.
“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has performed
consistent good work throughout the campaign, and has at all times set a
13 Feb 1917
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