Thursday, May 19, 2011

Citation for Gallantry 1914-18

Following on from yesterday here is the detail for those railwaymen who were awarded medals during this war. The descriptions tell some remarkable stories. Take these two instances, from what I assume was the Battle of the Somme, which alone accounted for 1.5 million casualties:


2405. Sjt H. C. Baker (Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry). For conspicuous gallantry during a bombing attack when he went forward alone and reconnoitred the position under heavy shell fire and, returning, led up his section driving off the enemy and consolidating the position which he held for two hours until assistance arrived. (16-11-1916).
2244. Cpl W.G.Barnwell (Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry). 
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations. The enemy were seen massing for a counter-attack, but Corporal Barnwell, though wounded, moved his machine-gun out in front of the captured trench and opened fire with such effect that he was largely responsible for the enemy's retreat. (21-11-1916). 



LNWR WW1 GALLANTRY AWARDS WOLVERTON MEN
NAME
Grade
Gallantry Awards
Citation
Notes
MASON, C. L.
Assistant to Carriage Superintendent
Military Cross






Died of wounds 24th August,
SMITH, F. W.
Cleaner, Carriage Department
Military Cross

1916



703. Pte P. Austin 2nd S.Mid Mtd Bde.




Transport and Supply Colm, A.S.c.




(T.F) LG 27th July 1916. For




conspicuous bravery and devotion to




duty when assisting his officers in



Distinguished
dressing and carrying out of action



Conduct
under heavy rifle fire several wounded

AUSTIN, P.
Clerk, Carriage Department
Medal
men




2405. Sjt H. C. Baker (Oxfordshire &




Buckinghamshire Light Infantry). For




conspicuous gallantry during a




bombing attack when he went forward




alone and reconnoitred the position




under heavy shell fire and, returning,




led up his section driving off the enemy




and consolidating the position which he




held for two hours until assistance

BAKER, H. C.
Finisher, Carriage Department
Distinguished Conduct Medal
arrived. (16-11-1916).




2244. Cpl W.G.Barnwell (Oxfordshire




& Buckinghamshire Light Infantry).




For conspicuous gallantry and devotion




to duty during operations. The enemy




were seen massing for a counter-attack,




but Corporal Barnwell, though




wounded, moved his machine-gun out



Distinguished Conduct Medal.
in front of the captured trench and



Also awarded the Military Medal
opened fire with such effect that he was



and the Russian Medal of
largely responsible for the enemy's

BARNWELL, W. G.
Body-maker, Carriage Department
St.George, 2nd Class
retreat. (21-11-1916).







265193. Cpl A Brawn (Oxfordshire &



Buckinghamshire Light Infantry). For



conspicuous gallantry and devotion to



duty. A party of the enemy had



advanced and occupied a position close



to his post. He at once left his post with



his bombers and with great gallantry



attacked and dispersed a superior force.
BRAWN, A
Rubber, Carriage Department
Distinguished Conduct Medal
(18-7-1917)



13880. Sjt S. J. Clarke. Wiltshire



Regiment, 7th Battalion (Bletchley). He



was Acting C.S.M of the left leading



company during the attack on the Foret



de Marmol on the 4th November 1918.



When all the officers of his company



became casualties he took command of



the company and led them most



gallantly to the final objective where he



superintended the consolidation and



continued in command until an officer



was sent forward from the reserve



company to assume command. His



initiative and resource at the critical



moment ensured the success of the
CLARKE, S. J.
Labourer, Carriage Department
Distinguished Conduct Medal
operation. (2-12-1919).



1208. L/Cpl (1st Btn Oxfordshire &



Buckinghamshire Light Infantry TF).



For consistent good work on patrol



duty for the past six months. (11-03-
GOSTELOW, G.
Apprentice Fitter, Carriage Department
Distinguished Conduct Medal
1916).






49308. Sjt G. C. Hill. R.E (LG 20th



Oct, 1916). For conspicuous and



consistent gallantry during operations.



He has over and over again shown great



bravery when in charge of working



parties under heavy fire. He took out


Distinguished Conduct Medal.
his section on ten consecutive nights,


Also awarded the Military Medal
and did fine work under heavy fire,


and the Russian Medal of
though suffering very heavy casualties.
HILL, G. C.
Finisher, Carriage Department
St. George , 1st Class
He was finally wounded himself.



265610. Sjt T. P. Hopcroft



(Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light



Infantry). For conspicuous gallantry



and devotion to duty. He led his men in



the most gallant manner and succeeded



in capturing an enemy machine gun.
HOPCROFT, T. P.
Coachmaker, Carriage Department
Distinguished Conduct Medal
(18-06-1917).





265539. Sjt H. J. Hurst (Oxfordshire &



Buckinghamshire Light Infantry)



Wolverton. For conspicuous gallantry



and devotion to duty in attack. He was



in command of a platoon and, though



wounded, he continued to lead them



gained his objective and consolidated



the position. He then made untiring



efforts to bring in the wounded, and



saved the lives of an officer and several



men. He inspired all his men by his
HURST, H. J.
Coachmaker, Carriage Department
Distinguished Conduct Medal
energy and leadership. (26-1-1918).






20056. Pte E. H. Owen 6th Btn



Northamptonshire Regiment.



(L.Edmonton). (LG lOJan 1920). For



conspicuous gallantry as runner in



operations near Preux, on 4th



November 1918. When his Platoon had



been seriously depleted by casualties



and their objectives were still ungained,



he, operating by himself, succeeded in



capturing twenty prisoners. He has



done continuous good work, and has
OWEN,E.H.
Labourer, Carriage Department
Distinguished Conduct Medal
been three times wounded.



2238. Bugler J. E. Scragg (Oxfordshire



& Buckinghamshire Light Infantry).



For conspicuous gallantry during



operations he was orderly to the



company commander, and when he saw



him fall immediately ran to him,



attended to his wound under heavy fire,



and dragged him fifty yards in broad



daylight into safety. He has many times



shown great coolness under fire. (22-9-
SCRAGG, J. E.
Body-maker, Carriage Department
Distinguished Conduct Medal
1916).
BRADBURY, G.
Labourer, Carriage Department
Military Medal



Military Medal.



Also awarded Medaille



D'honneur avec glaives en

BUCK, W. C.
Fitter, Carriage Department
bronze

CHURCH, B. J.
Labourer, Carriage Department
Military Medal

COLTON, R. J.
Fitter, Carriage Department
Military Medal


Apprentice Finisher, Carriage


COOK, W. F.
Department
Military Medal






Military Medal.



Also awarded Bar to Military

DANIELLS, G.
Labourer, Carriage Department
Medal

FRANCKLOW, R. G.
Painter, Carriage Department
Military Medal

HART, A J.
Finisher, Carriage Department
Military Medal



Military Medal.



Also awarded Meritorious

HENSON, H.T.
Finisher, Carriage Department
Service Medal

HOLLYOAKE, A G.
Brass Finisher, Carriage Department
Military Medal
Missing, and presumed dead
HULL, A
Brass Finisher, Carriage Department
Military Medal
Killed in action, 4th June, 1918.
IRESON, E. J.
Coachmaker, Carriage Department
Military Medal

JONES, W. G. H.
Labourer, Carriage Department
Military Medal



Military Medal.



Also awarded Medaille



D'honneur avec glaives en

LANE,G.
Fitters Labourer, Carriage Department
bronze



Military Medal.

MASON, W.
Labourer, Carriage Department
Also mentioned in despatches

MAY,A E,
Fitter, Carriage Department
Military Medal



Military Medal.



Also awarded the Italian Croce

ODELL,G.H.
Labourer, Carriage Department
di guerra

ROGERS, R. A
Coachmaker, Carriage Department
Military Medal



Military Medal.



Also awarded First and Second

SANDERS, W.
Finisher, Carriage Department
Bars to Military Medal

SIMONS, W.J.
Coachmaker, Carriage Department
Military Medal

STONE, F.
Machinist, Carriage Department
Military Medal



Military Medal.



Also awarded Medaille



D'honneur avec glaives en

STONES, J. T.
Rubber, Carriage Department
bronze

TAPP, G. J.
Lifter, Carriage Department
Military Medal

TOWNSEND, A W.
Fitter, Carriage Department
Military Medal

WALKER, A W.
Labourer, Carriage Department
Military Medal





Workshop Checker, Carriage

WILLINGHAM, H.
Department
Military Medal
WILLIS, A T.
Labourer, Carriage Department
Military Medal
WISON, S.
Cleaner, Carriage Department
Military Medal
WISE, W. F.
Coachmaker, Carriage Department
Military Medal
AGER, W.G.
Labourer, Carriage Department
Meritorious Service Medal


Meritorious Service Medal.
CANVIN, H. A
Fitter, Carriage Department
Also a Mentioned in Despatches
COLES, S.
Clerk, Carriage Department
Meritorious Service Medal
COX,J. T.
Inspector, Carriage Department
Meritorious Service Medal
DA VIES, S. M.
Body-maker, Carriage Department
Meritorious Service Medal
HENSON, F. V.
Electric Fitter, Carriage Department
Meritorious Service Medal
JONES, E.
Trimmer, Carriage Department
Meritorious Service Medal
LLOYD, J.
Fitter, Carriage Department
Meritorious Service Medal
MACKEY,F.
Finisher, Carriage Department
Meritorious Service Medal
McBRIGHT, S.
Clerk, Carriage Department
Meritorious Service Medal
NICHOLSON, H. P.
Fitter, Carriage Department
Meritorious Service Medal


Meritorious Service Medal.
TAYLOR, P. H.
Finisher, Carriage Department
Also a Mentioned in Despatches


Meritorious Service Medal.
TAYLOR,W.F.
Painter, Carriage Department
Also a Mentioned in Despatches


Meritorious Service Medal.
WAINE,H.
Painter, Carriage Department
Also a Mentioned in Despatches
WILLSON, A J.
Clerk, Carriage Department
Meritorious Service Medal
HILL, W. R.
Fitter, Carriage Department
French Croix de Guerre


Roumanian Medaille Barbatie Si
JONES, F. G.
Rubber, Carriage Department
Credinta, 1 st Class


Roumanian Medaille Barbatie Si
WOOLLEY, F. B.
Polisher, Carriage Department
Credinta, 1 st Class
CARTER, J. H.
Gas Fitter, Carriage Department
Mentioned in Despatches
GARDINER, W. G. J.


P.
Fitter, Carriage Department
Mentioned in Despatches
IBELL, J. O.
Coachmaker, Carriage Department
Mentioned in Despatches
SYRETT, G. A
Labourer, Carriage Department
Mentioned in Despatches



TABERNER, T. M.
Clerk, Carriage Department
Mentioned in Despatches
WARREN, J. D.
Clerk, Carriage Department
Mentioned in Despatches
WILLIAMS, H. M.
Assistant to Carriage Superintendent
Mentioned in Despatches

1 comment:

Andrew said...

EH Owen is my step-great grandfather. I have that DCM and citation in my possession.