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THE DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL

Before the Crimean War there was no gallantry medal available to 'other ranks' in the British Army.
1854 the Distinguished Conduct Medal was instituted for acts of gallantry.
The medal ranked second only to the Victoria Cross.

THE CRIMEAN WAR

The following medals were awarded to the 28th Foot:

2984 Colour-Sergeant William BENTLY - died 22nd February 1855
2340 Private Charles CAVANAGH
3162 Private John CONCANNON
1655 Private James EAGAN
1143 Corporal George William HUGHES - died 5th June 1855
1539
.Private Patrick KELLY
2518 Sergeant-Major Thomas LUMSDEN - Promoted Quartermaster.
3033 Corporal John McDONALD
2830 Quarter-Master-Sergeant Thomas McEVOY - Born in Killadelly, Philipstown, Kings County, Ireland. Enlisted 86th Regt. in 1838, aged 21. Corpl. 1842. Sergt. 1845. Transferred to 28th Regt. 1848. Clr-Sergt. 1848. Qr-Master Sergt. 1855. DCM Lond. Gaz. 8 May 1856. Discharged 1859. Awarded LSGC.
2399 Private James MARKWELL
2917 Private John MARTIN
1752 Private Thomas MARTIN
1318 Private Thomas OFFER
2773 Corporal William PRITCHETT
3249 Private Alexander ROWE
1938 Private William VEREY
2980 Corporal William WILSON


THE INDIAN MUTINY

2101 Sergeant-Major Henry BAKER - 61st Foot


THE BOER WAR

Medals to the 2nd Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment:

3801 A/Sergeant-Major W. AVERIES - (serving with 22 Bn Mounted Infantry). London Gazette 31 Oct. 1902
Joined the 28th Regt. 1892. Sergt. in "F" Coy. Colour-Sergt. 5th Mounted Infantry in South African War, MID and DCM. Discharged 1913. Served 1915-1920 at the Records Office, Warwick as WOII. Served 1939-45 in the Oxfordshire Home Guard. Died 13th June 1953 at Oxford, aged 75.

3348 Private E. CARPENTER - London Gazette 27 Sept. 1901
3232 Lance-Sergeant A.J. CLARK - (Mounted Infantry Company). London Gazette 27 Sept. 1901

113 Corporal J. GLEESON - Enlisted as a boy in the 61st Regt. 1882. Served in South Africa, awarded DCM London Gazette 27 Sept. 1901, wounded at Paardeberg 19 Feb. 1900, discharged as medically unfit. Re-enlisted 1915, served in the Defence Force until 1917. Re-enlisted 1919 in the Royal Engineers and served to 1921. Died at Bristol, 7th Dec. 1933, aged 67 years. DCM, QSA, War & Victory Medals.

3871 Private E. JAMES - (Mounted Infantry Company). London Gazette 27 Sept. 1901
2641 Private R.E. REES - London Gazette 27 Sept. 1901. POW at Dewetsdorp 23 Nov. 1900. Released 5 Dec. 1900.
3180 Sergeant-Major H.H. SAY - (14th Bn Mounted Infantry). London Gazette 31 Oct. 1902.

2622 Corporal John SCAIFE - Enlisted as a Band Boy, 61st Foot, in 1887. Served in Boer War, awarded DCM (London Gazette 27 Sept. 1901) for "conspicuous bravery whilst acting as stretcher bearer." In 1914 served with 1st Bn, commissioned as QM, 6th Bn Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders. Volunteered for North Russian service with 46th Royal Fusiliers. Awarded MC, MID 4 times. Died at Clevedon Camp, 20th May 1929, while serving as Captain, 4th Bn Gloucestershire Regt. MC, DCM, QSA, KSA, Mons star trio, LSGC Medal.

3200
.....Private C.W. SMITH - London Gazette 27 Sept. 1901.

2952
.....Sergeant-Major James TREVELYAN
Enlisted at Bristol 4th March 1881, 28th Foot. As Colour-Sergt. posted to 2nd Bn in India. To South Africa, awarded the DCM (Lond. Gaz. 31 Oct. 1902). Discharged as GSM 4th March 1911. Worked in Bristol. 1914 offered post of Quartermaster to 9th Bn. When Bn went overseas, he could not go due to ill-health. Posted to 16th Training Reserve Bn. Retired as medically unfit. His wife died in Oct. 1954, after 69 years of marriage. Awarded MSM. Had 4 sons: James joined the Glosters and then served in 12th Lancers, and then Rhodesian Mounted Police, he was awarded the DCM. George served with the Glosters and then Royal Berkshire Regt, Edward with the Glosters, and Edward with the Glosters and then RAF.

5340
.....Corporal C. WAKEFIELD - London Gazette 11 Oct. 1901. POW 15 Nov. 1901. Released.
3186
.....Private G. YOUNG - London Gazette 27 Sept. 1901.


1914 - 1920 (date = London Gazette date)

W.J. Ashmed - 266456 A/Cpl - 26 May 1917. "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his section in a most gallant manner throughout the operations. He afterwards guided up reinforcements with great skill at a critical time."

F. Bailey, MM - 8312 Sjt. - 5 Dec.1918 - 12th Bn. "For conspicuous gallantry during an attack on a village. When his company commander was wounded he assumed command and led it through the attack until the village was captured. During the advance he went forward alone and bombed the gunners from a strongly defended machine-gun post, killing some of them and capturing the gun. When again held up by heavy fire, he obtained the assistance of the brigade machine gunners, went forward under their barrage, and secured a number of prisoners, machine guns and war material in the village. Throughout the operation he desplayed great courage and ability to command." (from Gloucester)
Died 30th January 1949.

A.E. Barnes - 241211 Sjt. - 2 Dec. 1918 - 2/5th Bn. - "For gallantry and devotion to duty. At Mareshes, during a night attack on 1st November 1918, he was acting C.S.M. The advance was held up in one section by a strong enemy post, and he, with his company commander and a few men, rushed the post. He bayonetted two of the enemy and knocked another out with his fists. His fins courage and example inspired the confidence of all ranks." (from York)

L.R. Barrett - 3062 CSM - 13 Feb. 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry in action. He, with three men, attacked and bombed an enemy machine gun and put it out of action, thereby enabling the line to advance."

H.W. Beatley - 32009 Pte. - 16 Jan. 1919 - 1st Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 16th September 1918, south of Maissemy in bombing a sunken road and dugouts. He single-handed rushed a hostile machine-gun team, forced them to surrender, and, having captured the gun, turned it on the fleeing enemy. He continued to behave with the greatest gallantry until finally wounded in the hand." (from Hereford)

C. Bees - 201099 Sjt. - 10 Jan. 1920 - 1/4th Bn. - for Italy - "For conspicuous gallantry in command of a platoon during a raid on Ave on night 23rd to 24th October 1918. He rushed a party of the enemy outside a dug-out, bayoneting several and causing the rest to surrender. He then proceeded to his final objective, capturing a machine gun and crew and clearing all the dug-outs in the vicinity." (from Bristol)

G.R. Bennett - 200478 Pte - 18 June 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He volunteered and succeeded in carrying a message back over exposed ground. He had to go a distance of 500 yards under heavy machine gun and rifle fire."

W.G. Bennett - 12133 Pte. - 21 June 1916 - 8th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry when rescuing a wounded man from in front of the fire trench. With another private he dragged the wounded man back through the wire under a hot rifle fire."

W. Biddle - 5820 Sjt. - 14 Nov. 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry in action. He commenced to lay a telephone line, but finding part of the enemy's trench still occupied, he collected four men and led an assault, capturing eight prisoners. He showed great courage and initiative throughout." Bar as CSM - 3 Sept. 1919 -1st Bn. Festubert, 18th April 1918. "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When all communication failed with battalion headquarters, and the enemy were working round in the rear of his company, he attacked with a dozen details and drove them back. He did the journey (1200 yards) between his company and battalion headquarters under heavy bombardment three or four times during the day when runners failed to get through." - also awarded the Military Cross (for a Raid near Auchy, 4th June 1918) and Military Medal and bar. (from Anerley)

R.W. Biggs - Pte. - 30 Oct. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Although wounded immediately before our advance began, this NCO remained at duty and took charge of his platoon, as the senior NCO had become a casualty. He led his platoon to the objective with great gallantry and determination, setting a fine example and encouraging his men greatly. He carried on until he was again wounded. During the whole operation his fearless behaviour, endurance and devotion to duty distinguished him in a remarkable manner." (from Great Missenden, Bucks)

A.H. Bird, MM - Cpl. - 30 Oct. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an attack this NCO led his men to their objective with great courage, showing a fine example of gallantry and determination. When the enemy counter-attacked he directed the Lewis-gun fire with much accuracy and effect, materially assisting in breaking up the enemy formations. Immediately afterwards he and another NCO went out and captured an enemy machine-gun and its crew of five men, and later went out with the same NCO and brought in ten more prisoners. He then took out two patrols and reconnoitred to the front, bringing back valuable information. He was untiring in his efforts." (from Cirencester)

W.J. Bird - Cpl. - 22 Sept. 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry during operations. When the enemy made a strong bombing attack on his barricade, he kept up a steady fire with rifles and grenades, and, though his party suffered severely, he held the barricade till reinforced."

J. Bishop, MM - Cpl. - 10 Jan. 1920 - 1st Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry during the counter-attack on Gricourt on 24th September 1918. This NCO held on to his position in spite of his Lewis guns being put out of action. He compelled a party of thirty-two of the enemy who had reached his trench to surrender, and turned their guns on to the retreating enemy." (from Tewkesbury)

A. Blick - Pte. - 18 July 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion in repeatedly bringing in wounded men under heavy fire, and often in broad day light. He set a fine example to all ranks."

T.G. Boulton - Pte. - 19 August 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry. Though wounded as soon as he crossed the parapet, he continued working up the communication trench. He then volunteered and carried a machine-gun, and later two boxes of ammunition, across to the captured trench under heavy bomb and shell fire."

W. Bromage - CSM - 10 Jan. 1920 - 1/5th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry near Landrecies on the 4th November 1918. During the advance he showed great coolness and ability in helping to organize attacks on mchine-gun posts. He has done most excellent work in all the recent operations, especially in the attack near Bazuel on 18th October." (from Cheltenham)

R.A. Burton - Sjt. - 30 Oct. 1918 - 1/5th Bn. - for Italy. Battle of Piave, 15th June 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an enemy attack. As signalling serjeant he remained to the last, removing his instruments and destroying what had to be left, killing one of the enemy in order to get away. He then tried twice at great personal risk to get communication by tapping into brigade lines, once nearly being captured. He subsequently took charge of a Lewis gun section and with great skill covered the exposed flank until touch was regained. Finally he went back to brigade, reported the situation, and with another man ran out 1500 yards of line to re-establish communications. He did splendid service." (from Cirencester)

A.E. Callaghan - Sjt. - 13 Feb. 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has performed consistent good work throughout, and has at all times under fire set a splendid example."

D. Carney - Pte. - 28 March 1918 - 2/5th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in taking control of a Lewis gun when the team commander was wounded and keeping it in action against heavy odds. He held up the advance alone while the company withdrew to another position, and inflicted heavy casualties." (from Halifax)

C.H. Carter - CSM - 30 Oct. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During our attack, and the subsequent counter-attack by the enemy, he inspired the men with great confidence by his fine example of gallantry and determination. He rushed an enemy machine gun, killing three of the detachment, and when the objective was reached he rendered most valuable assistance in the work of consolidation and clearing up the situation. During the counter-attack, he was indefatigable, in visiting the different posts, displaying the utmost fearlessness and disregard of danger under heavy fire." (from Dursley)
Died at Uley, 26th October 1975, aged 81.

R. Carter - CSM - 21 Oct. 1918 - for Mesopotamia - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has invariably shown conspicuous gallantry and cheerfulness under all difficulties and dangers, both in and out of action, and his untiring zeal and energy have, at all times, been of the utmost value." (from Belfast)

A.H. Clark - Pte. - 22 Sept. 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry during operations. After an attack he helped a severely wounded officer to a shell-hole. He then returned to our trenches, took off his equipment, went back to the officer and carried him in. It was quite light at the time, and he was exposed to heavy rifle fire and machine gun fire."

G.D. Cobb - Pte. - 2 Dec. 1919 - 1/5th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry at Maretz on 9th October 1918. He entered a house with his platoon serjeant in which were a number of the enemy, of whom they forced fifteen to surrender, but an officer went back and appeared again with a machine gun, which he was bringing into action through a window. He immediately rushed him single-handed, capturing him and the machine gun. His fine action saved many casualties." (from Sheffield)

E. Cobbold, MM - Cpl. - 2 Dec. 1919 - 2/5th Bn. - "For marked gallantry and able leadership at Mareshes on 2nd November 1918. During an attack on enemy positions he found that the platoon on his flank was being held up by machine-gun fire. He at once attacked these positions with his section, captured two machine-guns, killed the officer and captured fourteen prisoners. This enabled the troops on his flank to continue their advance and gain their objective. His gallantry and devotion to duty had a most inspiring effect on all ranks." (from Weston)

H. Coleman - Sjt. - 9 July 1917 - 2/5th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has at all times set a splendid example when under fire, and performed consistent good work throughout." (also awarded the Military Medal).

H. Coles - Sjt. 9 July 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He performed valuable services in repairing and maintaining lines under heavy fire, and has consistently done good work throughout."

G.J. Collins - Cpl. - 4 March 1918 - 1/4th Bn. - for Italy. - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of his company after all the company officers had become casualties. Although under exceedingly heavy machine-gun and rifle fire, he visited the posts continually. He remained with the company till the following morning when an officer was sent to relieve him." (from Alveston)

W. Connock - Cpl. - 22 Sept. 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry in action. He took his machine gun into action under heavy fire in 'No Man's Land' and later returned for another gun. On three occasions he returned for ammunition, and his steady fire kept down the enemy's machine guns."

W.J. Corbett - Sjt. - 13 Feb. 191 - 1st Bn. Festubert, 18th April 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has performed consistent good work throughout the campaign, and has at all times set a splendid example. On one occasion he rallied and led forward a party of men, under intense fire, with great gallantry."
Served 1st Bn 1913-1920. Awarded MM and DCM. Died 8 July 1979 at Gloucester, aged 84.

E.K. Courtier - Sjt. - 21 Oct. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on numerous occasions. He invariably desplayed courage, resource and fighting determination of the highest order, and his remarkable dash and entire disregard of personal safety have stamped him a leader in battle." (from Bristol)

W.J. Coward - CSM - 17 April 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion during an attack he behaved with great courage. He invariably carried out his duties with the utmost coolness, rendering valubale service in and out of the line." (from Stroud)

H. Cox - A/Cpl. - 22 Sept. 1916 - 6th Bn - "For conspicuous gallantry in action. He advanced toward the enemy trenches with a machine gun team under very heavy fire. When held up by the enemy wire he dug himself in a shell hole, within 20 yards of the enemy's trench. Here he remained all day collecting useful information, and withdrew his gun and ammunition during the night."
Died 29th Feb. 1952, at Bristol.

J.P. Crimmins - CSM - 11 March 1916 - 1st Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and good work on all occasions since the commencement of the campaign."
Born at Horfield Barracks, where his father was Cr-Sergt. Joined 28th Regt. as a boy in 1894. Served in South Africa. Served as Master Cook for 7 years. To France in 1914, wounded at Loos. Took part in the Victory March after the War. DCM, QSA, 1914 star & clasp trio, LSGC. After leaving the army he worked at Bristol Royal Infirmary. He died at Bristol, 10th Nov. 1931, aged 51 years.

F. Croome - CSM - 21 June 1916 - 10th Bn. - "For consistent good and gallant work in the trenches. He has set a fine example."
Enlisted 1886, served with 28th and 61st Regts. Served in South Africa with 61st. Left the Army in 1908, a Clr-Sergt. In 1914 he rejoined and went to France. Demobilized 1919. DCM, QSA, KSA, 1914-15 star trio, LSGC. He died at Ipswich 18th October 1931.

A.E. Crossman - Pte. - 10 Nov. 1914 - 1st Bn. - 'A' Company. "For gallantry in carrying out the defence of their trenches after all their officers had been shot and repulsing a very determined attack which reached within 50 yards of them, with great loss to the enemy. The 2 platoons concerned lost about 60% of their men and each man fired 500 rounds on average." (action at Langemarck)

R.E. Crossman - Cpl. - 18 June 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He took out a patrol under very heavy fire of all kinds, and succeeded in bringing back most valuable information. He showed a splendid example of courage and determination throughout."

A. Cullimore - Cpl. - 11 March 1916 - 2nd Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry in repairing telephone wires under heavy fire, and with a total disregard of any personal danger."

P.B. Cummings - Sjt. - 9 July 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During recent operations he remained out all night with a wounded officer, bringing him in in the morning under heavy fire."

H. Curtis - Pte. - 21 June 1916 - 10th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry as a stretcher-bearer. He has done fine work under heavy shell, machine-gun and rifle fire."

Clifford C. Davies - Pte. - 22 Sept. 1916 - 2/5th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry during operations. At great personal risk he carried out a machine-gun to an exposed part of a crater commanding the enemy's advance. Although the enemy brought up a machine gun to the opposite lip of the crater he kept up his fire, and it was largely due to his pluck that the enemy's attack failed."
Joined 5th Bn in 1912. Sent home from France 1915 as being too young. Joined 2/5th Bn to return to France. Served in Home Guard in WWII. Died at Cheltenham 22 November 1966.

D. Davies - Sjt. - 20 Oct. 1916 - 2/5th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry. A very heavy and continuous barrage was put on our trenches, two officers and three men being buried, and the trench flattened for over 30 yards. He worked for over two hours in this barrage, assisting to dig out and rescue the buried men."

F. Davis - LSjt. - 18 June 1917 - 2/5th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his platoon in the most gallant manner, and personally tried to cut a gap in the enemy's wire. He was severely wounded."

P.E. Day - Pte. - 14 Nov. 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry in continually carrying messages during operations. His utter disregard of danger under heavy and continual shell fire made communications, when telephone wires were cut, possible, and greatly facilitated operations."

R. Day - Sjt. - 21 Oct. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion as a platoon serjeant, frequently commanding his platoon in action with the greatest coolness, courage and initiative, and invariably displaying fine powers of organisation and leadership." (from Bristol)

S.M. Dommett - CSM - 11 May 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He rendered invaluable assistance in organising parties to drive back the enemy, and in going back alone and personally leading up stretcher parties to bring in the wounded."
Died at Bristol, 13th January 1940.

J. Doolan - 5776 CSM - 3 March 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry in action. Although wounded, he continued to carry out his duties, and by his fine example of courage and devotion to duty inspired all ranks."
Served 1900-1922, was with the 61st in South Africa. RSM in 1917. Died at Guy's Hospital, London, 16th November 1953, aged 71.

John Dowle - 18997 Sjt. - 13 Feb. 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry in action. He organised a party and greatly assisted in repelling an enemy raid. Later, he rescued a wounded man under fire. He has previosuly done fine work."
Enlisted 2 Sept. 1914, aged 19 years and 3 months. 7th Bn, Galipolli June 1915. Posted to Depot Sept. 1915 (probably wounded at Sari Bair 7 Aug.) Jan. 1916 3rd Special Reserve Bn. April 1916 to France 10th Bn. MM 9 Dec. 1916. DCM just over a fortnight later. Bar to MM 23 Feb. 1918. POW May 1918. Discharged April 1919. Tried to re-enlist 1939 but too old. Sergt. 13th Bn Glouc. Home Guard. After war worked in Llanelli steelworks. Returned to Bristol, BAC Engines Division. Retired 1961. Died 14th June 1979 at Bristol, aged 83.

W.F. Drake - Sjt. - 15 April 1916 - 1st Bn. - near Loos, 12th March 1915, when a mine shaft collapsed under enemy shelling a platoon was trapped. Drake organised the digging ... "For conspicuous gallantry. When entomed in a mine organised the work inside, and, after working 22 hours under most trying conditions, cut a way out. He set a fine example of courage and determination." ...... "he encouraged the faint-hearted and by the courageous way in which he faced the situation and organised the work, saved the lives of the greater portion of his men." He was recommended for the Victoria Cross, but was awarded the DCM. (from Cheltenham)

William James Dudbridge - Sjt. - 30 June 1915 - 1st Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and ability on the 21st December 1914. After his officer was wounded he took over the command of a platoon which was acting as a covering party and remained in position until he was wounded and most of the platoon killed or wounded."
Died March 1965 at Bristol.

T.H. Eddy - Sjt. - 10 Nov. 1914 - 1st Bn. - 'A' Company. "For gallantry in carrying out the defence of their trenches after all their officers had been shot and repulsing a very determined attack which reached within 50 yards of them, with great loss to the enemy. The 2 platoons concerned lost about 60% of their men and each man fired 500 rounds average." (action at Langemarck)

H. Edmunds - Pte. - 15 April 1916 - 1st Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry. When wounded in the face during heavy shelling, he had his wounds dressed and then insisted on returning to the firing line, knowing that stretcher bearers were required."

W.E. Edwards - Pte. - 1 May 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in charge of the rear party during a raid, and seeing some of the enemy firing from a shelter, he at once dashed forward and accounted for all of them with bomb and bayonet. His leadership and determination cannot be too highly praised."

F.A. Elliott - Cpl. - 28 March 1918 - 2/5th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as headquarters signaller. During the advance of the enemy on battalion headquarters he rallied a handful of men left, held up the enemy, and inflicted considerable casualties upon the leading bombing parties. Later, when in charge of a bombing party, he succeeded in beating off six enemy bombing attacks." (from Salop).

E.H.G. Farmer - Drummer - 26 May 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He displayed great courage and determination on several occasions in carrying messages under the most intense fire."

S.A. Farr - Pte. - 3 Oct. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in his capacity as company runner. He was instrumental in bringing up allied supports to a threatened point at a critical time. He overcame all language difficulties, and by his gallantry and personal magnetism induced a company to advance without orders, leading them himself, and by his ready resource saved a difficult situation." (from Bath).

A. Faville - Sjt. - 11 March 1916 - 1/5th Bn. - "For consistent good work and good leadership."

L. Fletcher - Pte. - 27 July 1916 - 2/5th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry during a raid on the enemy's trenches. he helped to extricate his wounded officer from the enemy's wire and brought him back over 200 yards to our lines, being under heavy fire the whole time."

R. Forse - Pte. - 28 March 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Though a signaller, he took charge of a Lewis gun team and inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy and repelled several hostile attacks. He had previously showed great courage and determination in repairing broken lines under heavy and continuous fire." (from Bristol).

H. Franklin - Pte. - 20 Oct. 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry. A heavy and continuous barrage was put on our trenches, 20 yards being blown in. He worked under this barrage for over an hour, digging the men out. He saved two men alive."

W.R. Free - Pte. - 18 Feb. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an action he made several journeys under heavy and continuous fire to bring in wounded. He showed great determination and self-sacrifice." (from Bristol).

A. Froud - L/Cpl. - 21 Oct. 1918 - 1st Bn. a Raid near Auchy, 4th June 1918. - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This NCO has served continuously with the battalion since the beginning of the war, being headquarters runner for the last two years. On every occasion during severe fighting he has displayed the utmost courage, taking messages through heavy barrage fire to companies of the battalion scattered over a wide front, and his energy and initiative have been conspicuous." (from Swindon).

F.T. Fry - Pte. - 10 Jan. 1920 - 2/5th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in charge of a Lewis gun during the attack south-west of Fleubaix on 30th September 1918. He rushed forward and engaged a machine-gun team, knocking out and capturing the gun. Later he forced a second machine gun team to surrender. His courage and initiative were most marked during to days of hard fighting." (from Cheltenham).

G.J. Fry - Cpl. - 10 Jan. 1920 - 1/4th Bn. - for Italy. - "For conspicuous gallantry and dash during a raid on Ave on the night of the 23rd to 24th October 1918. Before his section had cleared their objective they were held up by an enemy machine gun. He rushed it single-handed, bombing the team and killing or capturing the entire crew. He set a magnificent example, and throughout the operations showed great determination and courage." (from Gloucester).

E.J. Gingell - Cpl. - 21 June 1916 - 1/6th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry. When in an enemy trench his officer was severely wounded, but he carried him back into safety, and then, he returned to the enemy trench and carried a severely wounded man some 700 yards to safety."

F.V. Glanville - Cpl. - 22 Sept. 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry during operations. Whilst taking part in the attack on an enemy post, he contimued to work his gun, though exposed to heavy rifle fire and bomb fire at close range. Two days later, though himself wounded, he assisted back a severely wounded man to our trenches under heavy fire."

H.J. Glanville - Cpl. - 11 March 1916 - 1/6th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and resource on patrol. He has on many occasions carried out difficult and dangerous reconnaissances with success."

W.A. Goodlife - Cpl. - 30 Oct. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was NCO in charge of two gun teams detailed to assist in taking an enemy position. He displayed exceptional dash and initiative in selecting positions for the guns to support the attacking infantry, and personally arranged and supervised the supply of ammunition. When his officer was wounded he took entire command of the two guns, and moving them forward some 200 yards, brought them rapidly into action against favourable targets. He displayed the utmost coolness under fire, and his power of seizing passing opportunities of inflicting casualties on the enemy enabled him to render valuable service and materially assist in the success of the operation."

C. Goodway, MM - Sjt. - 3 Oct. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When the enemy had rushed the front line and were enfilading the support line, this NCO organised a party and formed a block in the trench, bombing the advancing enemy to such good purpose that he not only allowed time for the remainder of his company to withdraw, but drove back the enemy and inflicted heavy casualties on him with a well-placed machine-gun." (from Clanfield)

H. Gould - Pte. - 29 Nov. 1915 - 1/4th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry on the night of the 6th/7th October 1915, at Hebuterne. A party of the battalion were mending wire in front of the trenches, when the enemy opened a heavy machine-gun and rifle fire upon them. When the party had retired to the trenches it was discovered that one man was missing, and Lt. Newth, with Pte. Gould, immediately went out again in face of the heavy fire. They found the missing man, wounded and entangled in the wire, released him, and brought him in." (Lt. Newth won the MC)

R.E. Gouldin - Sjt. - 20 Oct. 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry. A very heavy and continuous barrage as put on our trenches, two officers and three men being buried, and the trench flattened for over thirty yards. He worked for over two hours in this barrage assisting to dig out and rescue the buried men."

W. Grayson - LSjt. - 3 Sept. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, when acting as platoon serjeant, and later as a platoon commander, and finally company commander. He was to a great extent instrumental in repelling repeated counter-attacks. He eventually fought his way back and continued to show great gallantry throughout the withdrawal." (from Lewis)

T. Harding - No. 6554 Sjt. - 30 June 1915 - 1st Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and ability on the 21st December 1915 at Festubert, being the only NCO surviving in his platoon, he remained for two days under a heavy fire within 50 yards of the German trenches."
Joined Glosters 1902-05. Rejoined 1914-1919. Died 8th June 1953, at Hayes, Middlesex.

J. Harper - Pte. - 1 April 1915 - 3rd Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry on 25th January 1915, at Givenchy; when the bombardment by the enemy was very fierce he voluntarily conveyed a message under very dangerous circumstances to the front trench. This act of gallantry entailed the crossing of 800 yards of fire-swept ground on two occasions."

E. Harris - 7787 Pte. - 11 March 1916 - 1st Bn. - Battalion War Diary - Aubers Ridge, 9 May 1915 - "L/Cpl. Needs and Private Harris. Dressing and bringing in from the front of the parapet several wounded men under heavy fire while acting as stretcher bearers. These men did continuous good work all day, both in the fire trench and in the open between the fire and support trench."
Citation - "For conspicuous gallantry. While acting as a stretcher bearer he dressed and brought in from the front of the parapet several wounded men under heavy fire."
Joined the Militia 1902. Regular Army 1905. Reservist, recalled 1914, "B" Coy. 1st Bn. Gassed 1917, discharged. Worked at Gloucester Wagon Works. Attendant at the Regimental Museum, 1952. Died in Gloucester, 30th March 1966, aged 80.

G.E. Harris - Pte. - 10 Jan. 1920 - 2/5th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry, courage and initiative during an attack south-west of Fleurbaix on 30th September 1918. When his platoon was held up by enemy snipers and machine-gunners he crept forward and cut a thick belt of wire, calling his men forward to attack when he cut a way through. Later in the day he carried on the duties of platoon serjeant with marked ability." (from Birmingham)

F.W. Harvey - LCpl. - 15 Sept. 1915 - 1/5th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry on the night of the 3rd-4th August 1915, near Hebuterne, when, with a patrol, he and another NCO went out to reconnoitre in the direction of a suspected listening post. In advancing they encountered the hostile post evidently covering a working party in the rear. Cpl. Knight at once shot one of the enemy, and with L/Cpl. Harvey, rushed the post, shooting two others, and assistance arriving the enemy fled. L/Cpl. Harvey pursued, felling one of the retreating Germans with a bludgeon. He seized him, but finding his revolver empty and the enemy having opened fire, he was called back by Cpl. Knight, and the prisoners escaped. Three Germans were killed and their rifles and a Mauser pistol was brought in. The patrol had no loss."

S.A. Hickman - Cpl. - 15 Nov. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry when in charge of a Stokes mortar during a raid. He advanced to the enemy wire and fired his gun without the mounting on enemy trenches and machine guns. After expeding his ammunition he advanced into the enemy lines, attacking a party of five enemy, and killed one and brought back the remainder as prisoners to serve as carrying party to the gun. He did splendid service." (from Gloucester)

T.H. Hilliar - Cpl. - 21 June 1916 - 1/6th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry in hand to hand fighting during a raid on the enemy trenches. When the party withdrew he carried a wounded NCO back to our lines, some 700 yards distant."

R. Hinton - LCpl. - 29 August 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry as a stretcher-bearer. He has continually throughout the operations shown an utter disregard for danger under fire in attending to the wounded, displaying at all times great devotion to duty."

G.W. Hobbs, MM - Sjt. - 10 Jan 1920 - 1/5th Bn. - "Near Landrecies, on 4th November 1918, when his company commander was wounded, he showed great courage and determined leadership in dealing with two hostile machine guns which were holding up the company. Upon reaching the Sambre Canal he led his company under heavy fire being the first man across the canal." (from Hackney)

H. Hobson - Pte. - 13 Feb. 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry in action. He rallied men on several occasions, and repeatedly carried messages under very heavy fire." (from Smethwick)

A. Holmes - Cpl. - 11 March 1920 - 1st Bn. - "As a Lewis gun NCO he showed great skill in siting his gun. This was especially noticable during the enemy counter-attack which was repulsed by Lewis gun fire on 24th September 1918." (from Tewkesbury

C. Hopkins - 5172018 CSM - 30 June 1915 - 2nd Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry displayed in undertaking in daylight a reconnaissance in front of the enemy's trenches, and advancing to within 10 yards of the German lines."
5794 Pte (later RSM) C. Hopkins. Action took place at Chapelle Armentiers on 12 June 1915. He suffered badly from Malaria and by end of 1916 was serving at Home as RSM of the Depot and later Permanent Staff 5th Battalion, Gloucester Regt. Awarded LSGC medal in 1919, retired 1920. (Distinguished Condust Medal, Q.S.A. bars CC, OFS, Trans, K.S.A. 2 bars SA01, SA02, 1914/15 Star Trio, LSGC GV). Worked at Oakley School, Cirencester from 1928. Died 2nd April 1952 at Cirencester, aged 70.

A.J. Hornegold - LCpl. - 10 Jan. 1920 - 1/5th Bn. - "For fine leadership and ability near Landrecies on the 4th November 1918. Although early wounded, he continued to lead his section forward with marked gallantry. When the company was held-up by machine-gun fire he took his section forward on the flank, enabling the advance to be continued. He remained with his section throughout the action." (from London)

G.H. Horton - Sjt. - 21 June 1916 - 1st Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and initiative. During a heavy enemy bombardment he was in support with his platoon some 400 yards from the front trench. Entirely on his own initiative he sent up ammunition across the open, and finally brought up his whole platoon in small parties to the front trench under heavy shell fire."

W. Hotchkins - Pte. - 1 April 1915 - 1st Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and marked resource on 25th January 1915, at Givenchy. In command of a section he placed the men in position, and by skilful handling succeeded by his effective fire in enabling the attack to be repulsed. Some of the enemy on this occasion had previously managed to get behind our trench, and the position was thereby rendered critical."
Died at Gloucester 1st February 1973, aged 91.

W. House - Sjt. - 17 April 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry and resource in bringing up reinforcements, in the performance of which duty he had to continually pass over open ground under heavy machine gun and rifle fire, and in endeavouring to bring in a wounded officer, who was killed whilst being brought in."

E. Howe - LCpl. - 11 March 1920 - 18th Bn. - "He has been in charge of the battalion runners, and has carried out his duties with great gallantry and efficiency. During the operations 11th/12th September 1918, he was carrying messages day and night, for the most part under heavy fire, and did very valuable service." (from Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham)

J.A. Hughes - Sjt. - 3 Sept. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. In face of the approaching enemy he rallied his platoon, and successfully led them forward and reoccupied a post which had been evacuated. By his coolness under fire he set a fine example to his men." (from Reading)

C. Hunt - Sjt. - 11 March 1920 - 3rd Bn. - "He has commanded a platoon in all the operations which terminated on 4th November 1918. During the whole period he was a most trustworthy, cool and courageous NCO. He handled his platoon at all times, and inspired confidence in all ranks." (from Hinckley)

A.W.H. Hussey - Pte. - 5 Dec. 1918 - 12th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry as battalion scout. He went forward under very heavy fire and returned with accurate information. Next day he went forward, and though wounded, obtained, under very heavy fire, the exact disposition of the companies. He then had his wound dressed, and went out again, successfully getting touch between the left company and unit on the left. Throughout the operations his courage and devotion to duty were most marked." (from Bristol)

J. Huxford - Sjt. - 13 Feb. 1917 - 5th Bn - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has performed consistent good work throughout and has at all times set a splendid example."
Enlisted Jan. 1902, aged 16, in 2nd Volunteer Bn. 1908 transferred to 5th Bn. To France 21st March 1915. DCM for the Somme, 16 June 1916. Demobilized Feb. 1919, with rank of CSM. 21st Sept. 1920 rejoined 5th Bn. Discharged 27th Sept. 1935.

V.F.W. Ind - Cpl. - 26 Jan. 1918 - 2/5th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Early in the attack he found himself in charge of two platoons, and led them to the attack on an enemy strong point. The attack was held up and he withdrew his men successfully. Later he led a successful attack on the same position. He showed great powers of leadership, and splendid courage and contempt of danger." (from Mitcheldean)

W. Ingles - Pte. - 16 Nov. 1915 - 10th Bn. - "For conspicuous bravery on the 25th September 1915, in front of Hulluch. Whilst the battalion was assaulting the first line of German trenches, Pte. Ingles took a position by himself immediately in front of the German parapet, and by skilful and continuous throwing of bombs, successfully prevented the enemy from bombing or firing upon our troops, whose advance was impeded by heavy uncut wire entanglements. His bravery and devotion to duty gave a fine example to all ranks."

A. James - Sjt. - 21 Oct. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. His personal courage and splendid example were at all times most marked, and particularly during the lengthy operations, when heavy casualties placed him, during the later phase, in a very responsible position. His powers of leadership were worthy of high praise." (from Bristol)

H. Jempson - Pte. - 22 Sept. 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry in action. He brought his machine gun into action when his platoon had been hung up under heavy wire. When his officer was wounded he carried him into safety and returned to his gun which was blown to pieces in his hands by a shell. He then went with a message to the trenches and continued on duty all night."

E. Jenkins - Pte. - 28 March 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in remaining at his post, throwng bombs night and day throughout the enemy attacks on our trenches. Whilst a bombing attack was being formed he volunteered, and remained well in front, and by using his rifle held up the enemy until the attack was completed." (from Bristol)

J.C.W. Jennings - Sjt. - 11 March 1916 - 1/5th Bn. - "For consistent good work and good leadership, including patrol work." (from Gloucester)

F. Joyner - Sjt. - 1 May 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. In a reconnoitring patrol prior to a raid he brought back most valuable information, and during the raid itself he showed powers of leadership and fighting quality of the highest order, and undoubtably the excellent work which he performed was largely responsible for the success of the operations." (from Alderton)

H. Keegan - LCpl. - 11 March 1916 - 2nd Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and good work; he was the first to reach the enemy's trench after a successful charge, and himself bayonetted four of the enemy."

Walter John Kennington - 24904 Sjt. - 25 August 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in going out alone and silencing enemy snipers, who were causing casualties to his platoon. He was wounded whilst doing so, and his courageous bearing throughout was a fine example to his men." (died at home in Bristol, 10 January 1918)

R. Kerr - Pte. - 26 Sept. 1916 - 1/6th Bn - "For conspicuous gallantry during operations. When the enemy counter-attacked and penetrated our line, he climbed on to the parapet, and, though heavily fired at, shot three of the enemy gun team, thereby preventing the gun from opening fire."

J. Killeen - Pte. - 3 Sept. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He went through our artillery barrage by himself and single-handed killed two of the enemy who were holding up the flank of his company with a machine-gun. He led parties forward to cut off the enemy and brought in a considerable number of prisoners. He showed a splendid example of intiative, personal courage and devotion to duty." (from Plymouth)

F.C. Kite - Sjt. - 11 March 1920 - 1/6th Bn. Italy - "He has always set a fine example of gallantry and determination to those under him. During the operations previous to the advance to the Trentino, and during the advance itself, he discharged his duties with the greatest efficiency in spite of the severest strain and long marches." (from Bath)

R.E. Knight - Cpl. - 15 Sept. 1915 - 1/5th Bn. - Killed 22 July 1916. - "For conspicuous gallantry on the night of the 3rd-4th August 1915, near Hebuterne, when, in command of a patrol, he went out to reconnoitre in the direction of a suspected listening post. In advancing he encountered the hostile post evidently covering a working party in the rear. Cpl. Knight at once shot one of the enemy, and with L/Cpl. Harvey, rushed the post, shooting two others, and assistance arriving the enemy fled. Three Germans were killed and their rifles and a Mauser pistol was brought in. The patrol had no loss."

T.J. Knight - Sjt. - 10 Nov. 1914 - 1st Bn. - 'A' Company. "For gallantry in carrying out the defence of their trenches after all their officers had been shot and repulsing a very determined attack which reached within 50 yards of them, with great loss to the enemy. The 2 platoons concerned lost about 60% of their men and each man fired 500 rounds average." (Langemarck)

G.E. Lait - Sjt. - 13 Feb. 1917

J.D. Lane - Pte. - 26 Sept. 1916 - 5th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry during operations. He captured an enemy machine gun and three of the team. He also led his own machine gun skilfully at a critical period of the fighting, and afterwards rescued wounded men from exposed positions under heavy shell fire. He was himself slightly wounded early in the fight."
DCM for the Somme. Later commissioned in the Machine Gun Corps. Became the Coronor for North Gloucestershire. Died at Cheltenham, 17th November 1965.

G.V. Law - Pte. - 17 Dec. 1914 - 1st Bn. - "For gallantry on 19th September in going forward 100 yards to pick up a wounded scout, and helping to bring him in under heavy fire."

J. Lewis - Sjt. - 3 Sept. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while commanding a platoon during an attack, when he captured five houses and three orchards. His consolidation was excellent and his reports concise. The success of the operation was largely due to his courage and determination. Had it not been for his following close to the barrage, greater casualties might have been incurred." (from Bristol)

W.G.H. Lugg - Pte. - 22 Sept. 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry during operations. He went out some 200 yards under heavy artillery and machine gun fire, and each time brought into safety a wounded man. He has on other occasions shown great pluck."

R.A. McFarlane - Sjt. - 26 April 1917 - 12th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a raid on the enemy's trenches. He reorganised his party on the signal to withdraw, and throughout set a fine example to his men. He has at all times displayed great courage and determination."
"A" Coy. Raid in the Cuinchy Sector, 5th March 1917.

H. Mead - Sjt. - 11 March 1920 - 1/6th Bn. - for Italy - "For exceptionally good service and devotion to duty during three and half years continuous active service which he has served with this battalion. He has on several occasions commanded his platoon in action, and has shown great ability and initiative, especially during the operations on the Asiago Plateau on 1st November 1918, and during the raid on Gaiga South Cutting near Asiago on 8th August 1918." (from Bristol)

W. Middlecote - CSM - 6 Feb. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack. He led his men forward under heavy machine-gun fire, and afterwards carried a valuable report to battalion headquarters and brought back orders through heavy fire. He set a splendid example of coolness." (Upton St. Leonards)

J.C. Millard - Sjt. - 22 Jan. 1916 - 1st Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry at the Chalk Pit on the Hulluch road on 8th October 1915. With only 15 men of his platoon left to hold the trench, he held up an attack by bombing and rifle fire until reinforcements arrived."

P.J. Millichap - Pte. - 26 Jan. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as a stretcher-bearer during an attack. He attended to the wounded with complete indifference to danger under the heaviest fire. He saved at least 25 men by leading or carrying them to the dressing station, and, though wounded himself, he continued to work until the battalion was relieved. He showed great courage and devotion to duty." (from Cheltenham)

A. Mitcham - Pte. - 3 Sept. 1918 - 1st Bn. Festubert, 18th April 1918. - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was No.1 of a Lewis gun team defending a post. With only three of his men left he kept his gun in action throughout the day. Attacked on three sides, he moved his gun from point to point, doing great execution, and beating back the enemy whenever they attempted to approach his post. Throughout a long day's hard fighting he rendered the most valuable service." (from Wambrook)

H.W. Moore - LCpl. - 22 Jan. 1916 - 1/6th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry at Gommecourt on the night of 25th/26th November 1915. During a bomb attack against the German trenches he showed great bravery in entering shelters full of the enemy and clearing them with his bombs. When he had no more bombs he fought his way with his fists through a group of Germans in order to carry an order to retire to a blocking group which had been cut off."

F.W. Moulding - LCpl. - 5 Dec. 1918 - 18th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This NCO, with six men, was in charge of a Lewis gun post in the outpost line when the posts on both his flanks were surrounded and driven in. He held on to his post, which was completely isolated, until dawn, when he retired under fire, and rejoined the new outpost line. He had been out with his post under sniping and shell fire for 48 hours, with no food but his own rations. He showed great determination and endurance." (from Stapleton)

E. Mustoe - Sjt. - 28 March 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of his company under most trying conditions and heavy fire, after all the officers had become casualties. The company was about one and a half miles from battalion headquarters. He eventually brought it out of the line intact two nights after." (from South Cerney)

E. Nash - Sjt. - 21 June 1916 - 1st Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Although severely wounded he refused to have his wounds dressed, but continued to control the fire of his platoon, and to arrange for the ammunition supply until the enemy attack was repulsed."

W.H. Nash - Sjt. - 26 Jan. 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry in action. He displayed great courage and initiative in leading an attack against the enemy. Later, he rendered most valuable assistance in the captured line."
Bar - CSM - 3 Sept. 1918 -
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Both in attack and defencehe was an indefatigable example of courage and determination, and was of inestimable value to his company commander. He afterwards assisted in the very difficult evacuation of his company, which was accomplished successfully." (from Abertillery, Mon.)

H.E. Needs - 7411 LSjt. - 11 March 1916 - 1st Bn. - Citation: "For conspicuous gallantry. While acting as a stretcher bearer, he dressed and brought in men from the front of the parapet several wounded men under heavy fire."
Battalion War Diary - Aubers Ridge, 9 May 1915 -
"L/Cpl. Needs and Private Harris. Dressing and bringing in from the front of the parapet several wounded men under heavy fire while acting as stretcher bearers. These men did continuous good work all day, both in the fire trench and in the open between the fire and support trench."

J.A. Needs - LCpl. - 25 May 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He handled his machine-gun section with marked ability, and was largely responsible for the capture of an enemy field gun."

J. Newman - Sjt. - 30 March 1916 - 1st Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and determination. He remained all night on the top of a crater covering a working party. He was twice struck by fragments of projectiles and once knocked to the bottom of the crater, but he returned to his post and hung on." (from Cheltenham)

T.H. Orr - Pte. - 17 Dec. 1914 - 1st Bn. - "For gallantry in going forward 100 yards, on 19th September, to pick up a wounded scout, and helping to bring him in under heavy fire."

F.J. Paget - Sjt. - 5 Dec. 1918 - 12th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. When his company was held up by the enemy in force, he led his platoon forward in face of very heavy fire, and bombed the enemy from their positions, securing some 200 prisoners and several machine guns. Later, he again cleared the way for his company with his platoon, and finally took command of half the company, and secured the objective. He showed splendid courage and leadership." (from Calne)

T. Palmer - Sjt. - 5 Dec. 1918 - 12th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry during an attack. He outflanked two enemy machine-guns with his platoon, and captured the guns with fifty prisoners; he was wounded, but remained at duty. Next day, with one of the captured machine-guns he engaged a 77mm battery until his gun broke down. While going back for another gun he was badly wounded. He showed splendid courage and initiative." (from Cardiff)

W. Peacey - Cpl. - 10 Jan. 1920 - 1/5th Bn. - "For most gallant leadership during the attack on Bazuel on 18th October 1918. When ordered to clear a hedge on the company flank he led his section ably forward, capturing two machine guns and four of the enemy, thus enabling his company to move forward. Later he, with his section, rushed an enemy position, personally accounting for two of the enemy and the capture of about fourteen." (from Tewkesbury)

E.M. Pearce - Sjt. - 26 Sept. 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry during operations. When the whole of his section, including himself, became casualties at a barricade, he stuck to his post with an officer, and though unable to throw bombs himself, continued to collect and hand them to the officer to throw. In this way the barricade was held."

P. Pearce - Pte. - 3 Sept. 1918 - 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an enemy counter-attack he worked out by himself in front of his position and forced two enemy posts to surrender. Others of the enemy, seeing these posts surrender, did the same, with the result that about 80 prisoners were thus captured. He did splendid work.' (from East Cowes)

N.R. Pegg - Sjt. - 1 May 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion, when one of a party of four had been sent out with the object of seizing any hostile posts, he succeeded in wading across the river and discovering an enemy post. Having accurately determined its position, he split up his party and rushed the post from the flanks, capturing two prisoners, who were brought back to our lines. On the following night he accompanied an officer on a similar mission, and having waited in one of the hostile posts for some time, they rushed two of the enemy, who were seen approaching, took them prisoner, and brought them back across the river to our lines. During both these operations he displayed exceptional courage, coolness and determination." (from Birmingham)

G.S. Perrett - Cpl. - 4 March 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in reorganising the company after all the officers and NCO's had become casualties. When relieved by another company on the following night, he brought his men out in good order though only 38 NCO's and men remained." (from Bristol)

W. Perry - Cpl. - 22 Sept. 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action. Finding himself, after an attack on the enemy's trenches, on the exposed flank of his company, he built a barricade and repulsed two bomb attacks by the enemy. He was wounded at the time."

S. Phillips - Sjt. - 9 July 1917 - "For continuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has consistently shown a fine example when under fire, and done splendid work throughout." (He won 2 bars with the Worcester Regt.)

H.G.A. Pike - Pte. - 3rd Sept. 1919 - 1/5th Bn. - for Italy - "For consistent gallantry and good work as a stretcher-bearer on numerous occasions, and notably on 15th June 1918, during enemy attack near Mte. Lemerle, Asiago Plateau. When it became impossible to carry away more wounded he carried messages under fire, and later took charge of a rifle section and handled it with conspicuous ability." (from Cheltenham)

G. Pine - CSM - 3 Sept. 1919 - 12th Bn. - "During most of the period he has been acting as CSM and he has throughout shown the highest example of keeness and devotion to duty at all times. His courage under fire has been a very fine example to the men. On two occasions, when all the officers of his company had become casualties, he has taken command and led his company in the attack, afterwards successfully consolidating the positions won, the success of his company being largely due to his ability and pluck." (from Bristol)

H.S. Pope - Cpl. - 11 March 1916 - 1/6th Bn. - "For consistent good work on patrol duty. He has shown great courage, and his reports are always reliable."

W. Portlock - CSM - 13 Feb. 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has performed consistent good work throughout, and has at all times under fire set a splendid example."
RSM F.W.J. Portlock, DCM, died 15 August 1950, aged 80. Enlisted 1895. Served South Africa, 2nd Bn. 1914, 2nd Bn. 1916-17 with 14th Bn.

F.G. Preece - LCpl. - 1 May 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in charge of a party of bombers during a raid, carrying some Bangalore torpedoes to cut enemy wire, he joined the attacking party and inserted a spare torpedo in a shelter full of the enemy and blew them up. His conduct was magnificent throughout." (from Campden)

H. Pugh - Pte. - 26 Jan. 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry in action. He led a party with great gallantry against an enemy machine gun, and himself shot three of the gun team. He has previously done fine work."

F.J. Purnell - QMS - 21 Jan. 1916 - 7th Bn. - "For consistent good work and devotion to duty."

B. Rands - LCpl. - 28 March 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. The enemy having forced an entry into our sap, he took up a position on the parapet when the supply of bombs was exhausted, and got his Lewis gun into action, until finally the enemy were driven off. During an enemy advance he kept his gun in action and held them up whilst his company withdrew to another position." (from Mimdford)

W.J. Redmore - Pte. - 22 Jan. 1916 - 1/6th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry on the nights of 25th/26th November 1915, when with a raiding party in the German trenches. He showed great bravery in hand-to-hand fighting and was the last man to leave the trench. As he was leaving he found a corporal in the bottom of the trench wounded in the leg, lifted him out, carried him through the German wire, and brought him into safety."

W.H. Reece - Sjt. - 11 March 1916 - 1st Bn. - "For consistent good work in the field during the whole period of the war. Bar - CSM - 3 Sept. 1918 - 1st Bn. Festubert, 18th April 1918 - 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an attack this warrant officer personally supervised the replenishment of ammunition in all his company posts in the front line. Throughout a long and trying day he was of great assistance to his company commander, and set a fine example to all ranks." (from Eastbourne)
Served 1913-37 with the Glosters. Became a Yeoman Warder, 1937-50. Died at The Tower, 13 August 1950.

G. Royal - 5172048 LCpl. - 16 Jan. 1915 - 1st Bn. - (a bandsman) - "For conspicuous gallantry, coolness and ability on the 8th November near Zillebeke, when he organised a first aid post without supervision, and gallantly attended on the wounded throughout the day under heavy shell fire. When his station was partly destroyed by a shell, he superintended the removal of the wounded without hurry or confusion."
Enlisted 1903. Wounded and gassed at Loos, posted as instructor to No. 6 O.C.B. at Oxford. After the war he worked as a clerk at W.O. out-stations. Died 3rd November 1955 at Nottingham, aged 66.

E.J. Rundle - Sjt. - 26 Sept. 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry during operations. He succeeded with his platoon in holding up the enemy with bombs and in recapturing a lost barricade with the bayonet. His platoon accounted for all the enemy who were holding the barricade."

Frank Sabatella - CSM - 29 August 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Although wounded in the head, he returned to duty after having his head dressed, setting a fine example of pluck and endurance."
Commissioned 1917 after serving in the 7th, 1st and 2nd Bns. Retired 1921. WWII served with the RAF (joined 1940 aged 56) on ground defence duties. Antique dealer in Cheltenham. Died 22 May 1967, aged 82.

F.A. Savage - CSM - 3 Sept. 1919 - 8th Bn. "During the past 12 months he has carried out his duties as CSM in a most efficient manner, particularly near Kemmel during April 1918, when in command of two platoons, he was left to cover the withdrawal of the remainder of his company. He displayed powers of leadership of a high order. His conduct on this occasion was marked by a complete disregard for his personal safety, and his example was most inspiring to all with whom he came into contact. He has at all times inspired confidence by his fearless bearing and devotion to duty." - Bar - 2 Dec. 1919 - "During the operations south-west of Bermerain, on 23rd October 1918, he displayed personal gallantry and determination of the highest order. When two hostile machine guns were enfilading the company front, causing casualties, he collected some men of company headquarters in rear, seized a Lewis gun, and rushed forward. Under cover of this fire the two posts were rushed, the occupants killed, and the two guns captured." (from Stroud)

J.A. Selwood - Cpl. - 30 June 1915 - 1/4th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry displayed at Le Gheer on 20th April 1915, in volunteering to go out in the mist at 2.30am and ascertain the truth of a report that some of the enemy were near our wire. On a flare being sent up, Cpl. Selwood discovered several of the enemy close to our entanglements and at once opened fire, to which they replied, severely wounding him in the arm. He then returned to our lines with his report."

H.J. Sheppard - Sjt. - 20 Oct. 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry in organising and leading a bombing party during an attack. Although the men were mostly in an exhausted condition, yet by his bravery and personal example he succeeded in his objective, and continued his fine work until wounded."

John Shipway - 5172042 Pte. - 16 Jan. 1915 - 1st Bn. - near Gheluvelt, he was one of the battalion signalers, after taking a signal to HQ he volunteered to take another to the front line when a signaller was killed. Although he was wounded in the hand he volunteered for further missions. - "For gallant conduct & resource in an emergency on 31st October (1914). Finding that a man of another corps proceeding with a message had been wounded, on his own initiative he took forward the message himself under heavy fire."
Died 16th Feb. 1952, at Chippenham, aged 67. Served 1st and 2nd Bn 1914-18. Awarded Russian Medal of St. George.

A. Shoolbread - LSjt. - 13 Feb. 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry in action. He organised and led a successful bombing raid with great courage and determination. On another occasion he held an advanced post 15 yards from the enemy's line, thereby preventing the enemy from consolidating his position."

A. Smith - Pte. - 25 Feb. 1920 - 1/4th Bn - for Italy - "During the recent operations on the Asiago Plateau on 1st November 1918, as company runner when his company were held up by heavy machine-gun fire. Three attempts to get back a message were fruitless. Making a fourth attempt, he succeeded in getting back his message, and then returned over the same ground. Later, he deliberately exposed himself and attracted the attention of hostile machine gunners in order to cover the retirement of his comrades." (from Dursley)

V.G. Smith - CSM - 26 Jan. 1918 - 1/5th Bn - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. When all the officers were wounded and the company came under very heavy fire he took charge, moved the company forward, and took up a defensive position in front of a captured farm. He sent in valuable reports, and showed great courage and initiative throughout." (from Gloucester). Later became RQMS 5th Bn, appointed to a QM Commission (Captain) in 1940 with the 11th Bn. Died at Gloucester, December 1972.

W. Smith - Sjt. - 30 June 1915 - 1st Bn - "For conspicuous gallantry on the 25th January 1915 at Givenchy. With great coolness and courage at a critical moment, he did much towards steadying the men and in maintaining the fire, which brought the attack to a standstill."

W. Smith - Sjt. - 3 Sept. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an obscure situation. He worked along a road towards a farm, where he helped an officer and a runner to capture thirty prisoners, who were in a cellar. Later, when the enemy bombardment set fire to a farm, the light from which would have revealed the movement of troops, he went forward with another man under heavy shell fire, and extinguished it." (from Birmingham)

W.R. Smith - A/LCpl. - 22 Sept. 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry during operations. After bringing in two wounded men and assisting in bringing in a wounded officer, he went out a fourth time to fetch in another wounded man, It was quite light at the time, and he had to cross ground heavily shelled and under machine-gun fire. On the last occasion he was wounded."

A.W. Spencer - Pte. - 26 Jan. 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry in action. He took out a machine-gun in front of the newly captured line to enfilade the enemy's position and maintained his position. He set a fine example of coolness and courage."

A.E. Stevens - LCpl. - 30 June 1915 - "For gallant conduct and coolness in taking urgent messages to and from the trenches in daylight, while under a heavy fire."

W.H. Stokes - Sjt. - 11 March 1916 - 7th Bn. - for Gallipoli - "For conspicuous gallantry on the 8th August 1915, at Chunuk Bair. After the Commander and Officer of the machine-gun detachments had been killed, Sjt. Stokes assumed command, and later, when the gun was disabled, he successfully withdrew it, with the ammunition."

A. Summerfield - 267153 CSM - 11 March 1920 - 18th Bn. - "He has shown consistent efficiency and coolness under fire. In the attack upon the railway triangle in September last he set a fine example to all ranks. Later in the day, when the battalion was called upon to do a second attack, he materially helped the success of the operation."

W.N. Summers, MM - Sjt. - 3 Sept. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He set a splendid example of coolness and resource under heavy fire after his platoon commander had become a casualty, and he effected a very difficult withdrawal successfully. During the whole week's operations he showed a total disregard for his own personal safety." (from Dursley)

F.H. Taylor - RSM - 21 Oct. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the period under review this warrant officer, who joined the battalion as a private in 1914 and has attained his present rank by his qualities of soldierly spirit and energy, has rendered very valuable services, being twice wounded. He has at all times and under conditions of danger and difficulty shown a fine example of unwavering gallantry and prompt initiative which has been worthy of the highest praise." (from Cheltenham)

M. Taylor - LCpl. - 22 Sept. 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry during operations. His bombing party suffered heavily and was reconstucted several times with fresh men, but L/Cpl. Taylor remained in charge during the whole action, which lasted over three hours, and contributed largely to the success of the attack."

W. Taylor - Cpl. - 9 July 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has consistently performed good work throughout, particularly in obtaining valubale information while on patrol. He has carried out his duties with exceptional courage and ability."

C.E.S. Teague - Sig. Sjt. - 18 Feb. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He organised and maintained his communications with great ability during an action. He displayed untiring energy, and set a fine example to those under him." (from Cinderford)

H.F. Terrett - Cpl. - 30 Oct. 1918 - 2/5th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and determination in an attack. When his company was held up by machine-gun fire this NCO advanced with a section of six as far as he could, and then dug in. He maintained his position all day, inflicted considerable casualties on the enemy, and then skilfully withdrew. He rendered splendid service."

A. Timmins - Pte. - 20 Oct. 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry in action. Acting as orderly to the C.O., Pte. Timmins continually carried messages across open ground under heavy machine gun and rifle fire, and unhesitatingly exposed himself to ensure quick delivery of the messages."

A.E. Townsend - Sjt. - 11 March 1916 - 3/4th Bn. - "For consistent good work, notably on one occasion when, after the explosion of a mine by the enemy, he went out with a patrol and occupied the crater."

R.A. Tresise - Sjt. - 19 August 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry during operations. Though wounded in the head, under heavy shell fire and within a few yards of the enemy, he carried out the task allotted to him, and later, finding both his officers had become casualties, he took command and completed the work successfully."

J.J. Trunkfield - CSM - 25 August 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Although wounded, he remained with his company until the objective was reached, rendering very valuable assistance to his commander. He has on numerous occasions done exceedingly good work."

F.W. Tye - CSM - 26 Jan. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a hostile raid. He twice passed through a heavy barrage to ascertain the situation, and returned with accurate and valuable reports. He showed a complete disregard for his personal safety, and by his coolness and splendid example rendered valuable assistance in repelling the attack." (from Cheltenham)

E. Vick - Cpl. - 20 Oct. 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry. A very heavy and continuous barrage was put on our trenches, two officers and three men being buried, and the trench flattened for over 30 yards. He worked for over two hours in this barrage, assisting to dig out and rescue the buried men."

J.H. Wagner - A/SM - 21 June 1916 - 7th Bn. - "For consistent zeal and devotion to duty, often under trying circumstances."

Leonard Arthur Walford - 851 Sjt. - 29 Nov. 1915 - 1/4th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry on the night of the 6th/7th October 1915, at Hebuterne. A party of the battalion were mending wire in front of the trenches, when the enemy opened a heavy machine-gun and rifle fire upon them. When the party had retired to the trenches it was discovered that one man was missing, and Lt. Newth, with Sgt. Walford and Pte. Gould, immediately went out again in face of the heavy fire. They found the missing man, wounded and entangled in the wire, released him, and brought him in." (Lt. Newth won the MC) (from Gloucester). Died of wounds April 14th 1916.

T. Watts - Cpl. - 30 Oct. 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This NCO was out on our front for ten hours under heavy shell and machine-gun fire in charge of patrols. When all the men on the first patrol became casualties he returned, bringing back all his wounded men, and took out a seconf patrol. This likewise was placed hors de combat. He then took out a third party, and eventually with only one man unwounded reached a spot whence he gained the required infromation. On his final return he rendered a most valuable service in strengthening the position and reorganising the company against a counter-attack. His determination, perseverance, and complete disregard of danger invested his conduct with peculiar merit." (from Cheltenham)

C. Webb - CSM - 11 March 1920 - 2nd Bn. - for Salonika - "For very conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the recent operations and during the whole period with the battalion on active service since December 1914. He has invariably performed his duties with keeness and energy, and has proved himself invaluable in action by his great gallantry and coolness under fire." (from Bristol)

H.W. Webb - Sjt. - 22 Sept. 1916 - 2/5th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry during operations. He was in command of the most exposed part of his company's line during a heavy bombardment. Later, when one hostile attack had been driven back and another was coming on, he led a bayonet charge, completely routing the attackers."

A. Went - Cpl. - 29 August 1917 - "For marked gallantry. He was one of covering party of half a company digging a sap. He pushed forward close up to the enemy, and had three men hit by a sniping post, but he carried each one to a place of safety under heavy fire."

E.A. Westbury - Pte. - 14 Nov. 1916 - "For conspicuous gallantry during lenghty operations, when carrying messages under heavy shell fire. He often crossed a shell-swept zone four or five times a day, and enabled touch to be kept with Headquarters, when telephone wires were broken and could not be repaired."

E.G. White - Sjt. - 3 Sept. 1918 - 2/5th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. The enemy having possessed himself of one of our front posts, had managed to occupy a farm enclosure between two of our posts, under cover of the darkness and the protection of the hedges. This NCO with twenty men attacked with great alacrity at early dawn, and by skilful and fearless leading drove out the enemy, who lost many killed and seventeen prisoners, while his own casualties were few. The result of this operation had unmistakable effects in holding up the enemy's advance, and the eagerness of this NCO to undertake the attack and the manner in which it was carried out were worthy of all praise." (from Gloucester)

F.J. Wilkinson - 39956 Pte. - 14 Nov. 1916 - "For conspicuous bravery and devotion, during lengthy operations, as a stretcher-bearer, when he dressed the wounded and carried them across the open under heavy shell fire to a dressing station, over a mile in the rear. His gallant conduct was specially noted on several occasions by different officers."
Died at Cheltenham, 5th June 1973.

W.J. Williams - Sjt. - 1 May 1918 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He took command when his officer was killed during an attack. He showed great dash and initiative in controlling his men and in leading them successfully to the capture of his objectives." (from Hastings)

James Wilson - 5233 Sjt. - 17 Dec. 1914 - 1st Bn. - 'D' Company. "For conspicuous gallantry on 21st October in assiting to carry out the defence of their trenches after all their officers had been shot and repulsing a very determined attack which reached within 50 yards of them, with great loss to the enemy. The 2 platoons concerned lost about 60% of their strength." (action at Langemarck). Sergeant James Wilson was born in Calcutta, India. Lieutenant Colonel Lovett's diary - "This N.C.O. was in my opinion chiefly responsible for the conduct of the defence after the officers had been shot." Sergeant Wilson died of his wounds 30th/31st October 1914. No known grave (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres)

H. Winterson - Sjt. - 18 June 1917 - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He handled his platoon with great skill and resource at a critical period. His example of personal bravery was of the greatest value, and at the final stage displayed the utmost dash and initiative."

H. Wood - Sjt. - 21 Oct. 1918 - 2/5th Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the last two years. He has at all times showed a standard of zeal and steadiness under fire which has been an example to all ranks." (from Gloucester)

H. Woodward - Cpl. - 11 March 1916 - 7th Bn. - for Gallipoli - "For conspicuous gallantry on the 9th August, at Suvla Bay, when he carried water and ammunition to the firing line under heavy fire, and, although wounded, remained at his work until wounded a second time."

A. Yarrington - Private - 2 Dec. 1919 - 1st Bn. - "For conspicuous gallantry and initiative. On 5th October 1918, during tha attack on Mannequin Hill, Sequehart, when within 20 yards of the first objective, No.1 of his gun was killed. He seized the gun, and dashing up the hill jumped into the sunken road and brought it into action. Enfilading three hostile machine-gun teams, he killed fourteen, including two officers, and wounded five others. By his gallant action he completely overcame the opposition in this quarter and enabled his company to reach the road without further casualties." (from Worcester)


1939 - 1945

5173452 Warrant Officer Cl. II Percy Reginald BROWN -.2nd Battalion - France/Belgium 1940
From Stonehouse, Glos. No citation. Enlisted 61st Foot 1919, aged 14 years. To 1st Bn in 1935. Back to 2nd Bn as CSM 'A' Coy. in 1938. POW at Cassel. Discharged 1946 but re-enlisted 1947 with 1st Bn as Colour-Sergt. 'A' Coy. Retired 1950. Joined the Gloucestershire T.A. Association. Awarded MSM. Died at Bristol, 16th February 1972, aged 63.

Sergeant H.W.G. DRAKE - 5th Battalion - N.W.E.

Sergeant Vernon Charles HANN - 10th Battalion - Burma 1944
From Bristol. Near Thaikwagon on the 17th August he led an attack under heavy fire and routed the enemy.
(Lond. Gaz. 16 Nov. 1944)
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Acting-Corporal Robert Edward MILLINGTON - 2nd Battalion -
.NW Europe 1944
From Liverpool. At the Le Havre on the 10th Sept. 1944 he led an attack against a heavily defended German position, which was taken. (Lond. Gaz. 21 Dec. 1944)

5191254 Warrant-Officer Cl. II Idris Lloyhd POOK - 1st Battalion - Burma 1945
From Bristol. On 26th Feb. 1945 his company was ambushed while crossing the Nwa Sakanchaung, near Myitson. Pook organised support and dragged 2 wounded men to safety under heavy fire, killing 2 Japs.
In 1948 he was selected as a British Army instructor at the Pakistan Military Academy at Kakul.

Band-Sergeant Linus Patrick SMITH - 1st Battalion - Burma 1942
From London. Enlisted 1928. For actions with the Unit Ambulance at Shwedang on the 29th March and at Yenanyoung on the 17th April 1942. (Lond. Gaz. 28 Oct. 1942) Later Bandmaster of the Royal African Band, stationed in Bulawayo (1955).


KOREA 1951

5182071 Warrant-Officer Cl. II. Harry G. GALLAGHER - 1st Battalion - Korea 1951
"On the night of 22nd-23rd April 1951, "A" Company were in occupation of a feature commanding a main crossing of the Imjin River, as night wore on, heavy Chinese reinforcements were committed against "A" Company. Eventually, by sheer weight of numbers, they captured the highest point and, in an effort to regain lost ground, yet a second platoon commander met his death. Sergt-Major Gallagher now went forward to restore a dangerous situation and, by stabilising the position, temporarily halted the Chinese advance. That he was not killed was a miracle, especially considering the fact that much of the time he moved across open ground. He now returned to his Company HQ. This area was also under intense fire and, as he reached it, his Company Commander was killed. In this moment, but for Sergt-Major Gallagher's coolness, skill, and bravery, the entire position might well have been lost."

5949801 Acting-Sergeant Peter John PUGH - 1st Battalion - Korea 1951
"Sergt. Pugh's Platoon was in defence on an exposed position of "A" Company's position. Sergt. Pugh's conduct at this time not only gallant, a superb example to the men about him, but also of the utmost importance to the maintenance of the main position of the 1st Glosters. During the short critical period, when no officer was available, had he failed in the face of extreme adversity, that position might well have been lost at a great cost to life to the remainder of his comrades in the Battalion."


Northern Ireland

Corporal William George COURTENAY - 1st Battalion - Northern Ireland 1973