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Doug Lewis
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I could be making a total fool of myself and it may well be blindingly obvious but if I don't ask I won't know.

Can I confirm that if someone was mentioned in dispatches his name was actually recorded in that dispatch? I have a man who was mentioned in dispatch by Haig April 1917. I went to my copy of "Sir Douglas Haig's Despatches by J.H. Boraston" and nothing. Is that because it's being heavily edited and can I get a copy from the Archive, or I have got it totally wrong and I have actually gone off my head :D

Regards Doug.

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Very few men are actually named in the despatch, Doug. The rest are on lists appended to it and usually published separately in the Gazette, sometimes in several tranches.

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Doug,

Whilst I cannot give you a definitive answer myself, I can refer you to discussions on the same topic over on TankNet:

http://208.84.116.223/forums/index.php?showtopic=27363

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Thanks Chris and John for your very quick replies.

Chris, would it record why he was mentioned in the despatch or just list his name and does this means I have to search the dreaded Gazette site :o

Regards Doug.

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Here are the Gazettes associated with the 9th April 1917 Despatch.

15-5-1917 (15-5-1917)

War Office,

15th May, 1917.

The following despatch has been received by the Secretary of State for War from Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, G.C.B., Commander-in-Chief of the British Armies in France.

General Headquarters,

9 April, 1917.

Sir,—I have the honour to submit a list* of names of those officers, ladies, non-commissioned officers, and men, serving, or who have served, under my command, whose distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty I consider deserving of special mention.

I have the honour to be,

Sir,

Your obedient Servant,

D. HAIG,

Field-Marshal,

Commander-in-Chief, The British

Armies in France.

* The list of names will be published in six separate Supplements at intervals of a few days:

1. R.N., Staff, Intell. Corps, RF.C, Cav. Remount Serv. and Yeo. (30072)

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/300...upplements/4743

2. Artillery and Engineers. (30077)

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/300...upplements/4869

3. Infantry (up to S. Lan. R ). (30086)

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/300...upplements/5023

4. Infantry (remainder). (30093)

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/300...upplements/5157

5. General List, A.S.O.. Medical. Veterinary, Chaplain, Ordnance, Pay and Printing and Stationery Services, &c. (30101)

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/301...upplements/5315

6. Overseas Contingents. (30107)

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/301...upplements/5419

Until they changing the blimmin' URLs AGAIN!

Steve.

P.S. Infantry listed by order of army precedence.

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Steve

That is excellent, thank you very much, it is appreciated.

Regards Doug.

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I've now found my man, thanks Steve. :D

Regards Doug.

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Can I confirm that if someone was mentioned in dispatches his name was actually recorded in that dispatch?

In early Naval dispatches it is!

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Here are the Gazettes associated with the 9th April 1917 Despatch.

15-5-1917 (15-5-1917)

War Office,

15th May, 1917.

The following despatch has been received by the Secretary of State for War from Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, G.C.B., Commander-in-Chief of the British Armies in France.

General Headquarters,

9 April, 1917.

Sir,—I have the honour to submit a list* of names of those officers, ladies, non-commissioned officers, and men, serving, or who have served, under my command, whose distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty I consider deserving of special mention.

I have the honour to be,

Sir,

Your obedient Servant,

D. HAIG,

Field-Marshal,

Commander-in-Chief, The British

Armies in France.

* The list of names will be published in six separate Supplements at intervals of a few days:

1. R.N., Staff, Intell. Corps, RF.C, Cav. Remount Serv. and Yeo. (30072)

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/300...upplements/4743

2. Artillery and Engineers. (30077)

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/300...upplements/4869

3. Infantry (up to S. Lan. R ). (30086)

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/300...upplements/5023

4. Infantry (remainder). (30093)

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/300...upplements/5157

5. General List, A.S.O.. Medical. Veterinary, Chaplain, Ordnance, Pay and Printing and Stationery Services, &c. (30101)

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/301...upplements/5315

6. Overseas Contingents. (30107)

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/301...upplements/5419

Until they changing the blimmin' URLs AGAIN!

Steve.

P.S. Infantry listed by order of army precedence.

Well, they are still working, Steve, and I've just been very grateful for this assistance in finding a name that obstinately refused to come up on a Gazette search, even though I knew he'd been named in connection with Haig's despatch of 9 April 1917. Narrowing the field down to the right supplement made it dead easy. Thanks!

Liz

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