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461 RSM W J Mash DCM Rifle Brigade


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I'm trying to find the citation for the DCM to RSM William J Mash, it was listed in the London Gazette supplement of 3rd June 1918 - later in the year he was also awarded the MSM (if there is a citation for that it would also be great) - he had earlier been MiD twice, so certainly did his bit.

Thanks in advance

Alistair

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The Gazetting of the D.C.M.:-

L.G. Issue 30716 of 31.5.1918 page 6481

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of His Majesty's Birthday, to approve of the undermentioned rewards for distinguished service in connection with Military Operations in France and Flanders:-

461 A/R.S.M. W. J. Mash, Rif. Brig. ("E". Greenwich).

The Gazetting of the M.S.M.:-

L.G. Issue 30940 of 4.10.1918 page 11841

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Meritorious Service Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men for gallantry in the performance of Military duty:-

461 A./R.S.M. W. J. Mash, R. Bde. (East Greenwich).

No personal citation for either award.

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Alistair

the personal DCM citation is in the Gazette for 21 October 1918 http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/30961/supplements/12358

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This warrant officer, by his disregard for personal safety under heavy shell fire, thoroughly carrying out his many duties under all conditions, has always set a fine example to all ranks.

Nigel

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Hi Alistair

On Ancestry there are 5 MICs and the DCM citation.

Plus a copies of his Baptism and Marriage records (original images)

Dental

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Nigel, thanks for that, when I did the search of the LG I found the basic bit with his name in a list, but the page you have shown didnt come up on the search results and I didnt realise the award would be shown in summary and then later in detail, so thanks again for that.

Dental, I have the MiC's from Ancestry, but my account doesnt go as far as getting the DCM citations - I hadnt looked beyond his military records, but I will now.

Thanks

Alistair

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You probably know this, but (out of interest), in the Appendix Volume to the RB's GW History, he is given as being with the 16th Battalion.

In Volume 2 of the same History, the following is written:

On the 26th (of May, 1918) No 461 T/RSM W J Mash, DCM, performed an act of courage for which he was subsequently awarded the MSM. Whilst superintending a class of American soldiers in the firing of live rifle grenades he saw that an accident was imminent: by siezing a rifle and grenade and flinging them out of the trench he saved several men from death or injury and, in doing so, was himself slightly wounded.

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Hi,

I had seen mention of 3rd and 4th Battalions, but dont think I had seen the 16th mentioned - thanks for the extra information regarding the MSM award - are MSM award citations generally available or have I just struck lucky as the RB's history is a good one?

Thanks

Alistair

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Alistair, I don't know much about citations for MSMs (or anything else, to be fair), but the RB history is a good one. Additionally, I suspect an RSM warrants (no pun intended) a greater mention than a Rifleman.

I wonder if Mash was a regular (which would account for mention of the 3rd and 4th Battalions), attached to a Service Battalion.

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