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Distinguished Service Order ( D.S.O. ) recipients 1886-1923

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Lieut-Col, D.F. Campbell, D.S.O (Duke of Wellington's [West Riding] Regiment)

Neil

Neil,

Here is the entry for D.F. Campbell from the 1886 - 1915 D.S.O. Recipient's Book, which again is quite lengthy and will provide you with good information.

Regards,

LF

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Jackson, Capt. J.E., King's Liverpool Regt.

Daggers,

Here is the first of your men, J.E. Jackson, and his entry in the D.S.O. Recipient's Book 1886 - 1915.

Regards,

LF

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daggers

Thank you for that. I had not thought of pre-WW1 DSOs.

Daggers

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nthornton1979

Excellent!

Thanks again LF

Neil

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Lancashire Fusilier

Harrison, Major R.D., R.F.A

Daggers,

Here is another of your men, R.D. Harrison, plus his photograph, and also his D.S.O. Citation as published in the London Gazette.

D.S.O. Recipient's Book :

HARRISON, R.D. ( D.S.O. London Gazette 20.10.1916 ) ; born 22.7.1881 ; son of D. Harrison, F.R.C.S.E., of Liverpool ; married Hilda Beatrice Corbett Grierson, daughter of S.M. Grierson ; one son ; one daughter ; educated Liverpool College and privately ; 2nd Lt. R.A., Dec. 1900 ; Lt. 1903 ; Captain, August 1912 ; Major, May 1915 ; served European War ; Despatches. He was killed in action 16.9.1917. :poppy: His D.S.O. was awarded for gallantry at Guillemont 20 July to 2 August 1916.

London Gazette :

London Gazette, 20 Oct. 1916 - War Office, 20 Oct. 1916.

His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the appointments of the undermentioned Officers to be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order, in recognition of their gallantry and devotion to duty in the field...........................

( D.S.O. Citation )

HARRISON, Roland Damer, Major, Royal Field Artillery. For conspicuous gallantry in action. He commanded and fought his battery with great skill, and went out in front of our infantry advance posts in search of O.P.'s. During many days of operation he showed great courage and devotion to duty.

Regards,

LF

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Lancashire Fusilier

Thank you for that. I had not thought of pre-WW1 DSOs.

Daggers

Yes, 19th April, 1901.

One other of your men, also had a pre-WW1 D.S.O.

Regards,

LF

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Jack, Major, J.C., R.H.A

Daggers,

Here is another of your men, J.C. Jack, and again, we have his D.S.O. Recipient's Book and London Gazette entries, plus his D.S.O. Citation and his photo.

D.S.O. Recipient's Book :

JACK, J.C. ( D.S.O. London Gazette 26.7.1918 ) ; born 22.8.1876 ; eldest son of late Alexander Jack ; educated Merchant Taylor's School, Crosby ; passed into Indian Civil Service, 1898 ; commissioned R.F.A. Special Reserve, May, 1915 ; promoted Captain and to command 4 Gun Battery, R.F.A., in the Spring of 1916 ; afterwards Major ; Despatches several times ; Military Cross and Bar. He died on 31.5.1918 of wounds received in action near Amiens. :poppy:

A senior officer wrote " On General Congreve's recommendation his promotion to the rank of Lt.-Col. to command a battalion of infantry was sanctioned, and received at Corps Headquarters on the date of his death, so I regret that he never knew this........... He was to have been made a Brigadier General as soon as possible. "

London Gazette :

London Gazette, 26 July, 1918 - War Office, 26 July, 1918.

His Majesty the King has be graciously pleased to approve of the following awards to the undermentioned Officers, in recognition of their gallantry and devotion to duty in the field.

Awarded the Distinguished Service Order ...........................

JACK, James Charles, M.C. Lieut. ( Acting Major ), Royal Field Artillery, Special Reserve. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. ( D.S.O. Citation ) While his battery was being heavily gassed shelled he superintended the removal of his guns to higher ground clear of the cloud of gas, and continued to fire heavily throughout the bombardment. Another day, when the enemy got close to the guns, he withdrew his guns without losing one. His fine courage and initiative throughout were a splendid example to his men.

Excellent awards, Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross and Bar.

Regards,

LF

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daggers

My thanks again. It is fascinating to have this extra information.

Daggers

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Lancashire Fusilier

Trotter, Lt-Col, E.H., King's Liverpool Regt.

Daggers,

Here is another of your men with a pre-WW1 D.S.O., E.H. Trotter, with a nice biography and photograph.

The right-side edges of the text are a bit unclear, so here is confirmation of some of the blurred key dates :-

" The insignia were presented by the King 29 Oct. 1901. "

" He became Major 26 Oct. 1908. "

" He was killed in action 8 July, 1916. " :poppy:

Regards,

LF

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My thanks again. It is fascinating to have this extra information.

Daggers

Daggers,

Unfortunately, very few of the D.S.O. Citations were published in the London Gazette, and those that were, make great reading as do many of the boigraphies.

Regards,

LF

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daggers

LF

I am most grateful for your responses, among your many other commitments.

Daggers

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Webster, Lt-Col, J.R., Sherwood Foresters.

Daggers,

Here are the D.S.O. Recipient's Book and London Gazette entries for your next man, J.R. Webster, including his D.S.O. Citation.

D.S.O. Recipient's Book :

WEBSTER, J.R. ( D.S.O. London Gazette 26.11.1917 ) ( Details, London Gazette 6.4.1918 ) ; eldest son of late J.M. Webster ; Lt.-Col., The Sherwood Foresters ; Military Cross ; He was killed in action 22.3.1918. :poppy:

London Gazette ;

London Gazette, 26 Nov.1917 - War Office, 26 Nov. 1917.

His Majesty the King has been pleased to confer the undermentioned rewards for gallantry and distinguished service in the field. The acts of gallantry for which the decorations have been awarded will be announced in the London Gazette as early as practicable.

Awarded the Distinguished Service Order ............................

WEBSTER, John Ryie, M.C., Temporary Captain ( Acting Major ) Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment.

London Gazette :

London Gazette, 6 April, 1918 - War Office, 6 April, 1918.

With reference to the awards conferred as announced in the London Gazette dated 26 Nov. 1917, the following are the statements of service ( Citation ) for which the decorations were conferred.

Awarded the Distinguished Service Order ...........................

WEBSTER, John Ryie,M.C., Temporary Captain ( Acting Major ) Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment.

( His D.S.O. Citation )

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of a battalion in an attack. When a strong point, manned by four machine guns, had been passed over by the leading troops in the attack, he promptly organized a party and led it to the capture of the strong point. He then led his battalion forward in the advance and, in spite of serious opposition, took all his objectives and held them against three enemy counter-attacks. The remarkable dash and determination of his battalion during the operations was mainly due to his splendid example and leadership.

D.S.O. and M.C., K.I.A.

Regards,

LF

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daggers

More excellent information, thank you. Now to find his link to Liverpool...

Daggers

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Webster was born in Liverpool where his father was a timber merchant. There is an intriguing part of a book online via Google about the son's war, but sadly incomplete. It refers to a diary at IWM.

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Milne, Capt., J.E., RAMC, att'd KLR

Daggers,

Here are the D.S.O. Recipient's Book and London Gazette entries for the last man in your set, J.E. Milne, which includes a nice biography, his D.S.O. Citation and his photograph.

D.S.O. Recipient's Book :

MILNE, J.E., M.A., M.D., Ch.M., ( D.S.O. London Gazette 20.10.1916 ) ; born 30.9.1868, at Fraserbrugh, Aberdeenshire ; son of Captain James Milne, Mercantile Marine Service, and Jessie Milne ( nee Mitchell ), deceased ; educated Old Aberdeen Grammar School ; Aberdeen Grammar School ; Aberdeen University ( M.A., M.B. and C.M. with Honours, 1891 ; M.D. with Honours, 1894 ; He applied for a commission in the R.A.M.C. ( T. ) in April, 1915, and a few days after receiving his commission sailed with Col. Ogston and the Highland Casualty Clearing Station, and subsequently became M.O., King's Liverpool Regiment. " In due course Ellis Milne passed into the cauldron of the Somme. He established his aid post in the front-line trenches and went over the parapet to bring in the wounded. He chose the position himself to be near to the men who fell in No Man's Land. " Captain Milne was killed in action 22.2.1917 :poppy: mentioned in Sir D. Haig's Despatch, Jan. 1917. His D.S.O. was awarded for gallantry at Guillemont on 31.7.1916.

London Gazette :

London Gazette, 20 Oct. 1916 - War Office, 20 Oct. 1916.

His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the appointments of the undermentioned Officers to be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order, in recognition of their gallantry and devotion to duty in the field..........................

( D.S.O. Citation )

MILNE, Joseph Ellis, Capt., M.D., Royal Army Medical Corps. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations. He has repeatedly tended the wounded under heavy shell-fire, and has shown himself utterly regardless of personal safety.

Regards,

LF

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daggers

That is a wondefrul resource you have and thank you again for the trouble you have taken in looking up these details and passing them on.

Daggers

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Lancashire Fusilier

That is a wondefrul resource you have and thank you again for the trouble you have taken in looking up these details and passing them on.

Daggers

Daggers,

I am pleased to help, and hope this information is helpful to your project.

Regards,

LF

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dgibson150

Sorry, I have posted in error a query in a separate thread, ie that titled "Edward Barnard Hankey". It should have been on this thread. Hopefully you can pick up on it LF.

Kind regards

David

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Lancashire Fusilier

Sorry, I have posted in error a query in a separate thread, ie that titled "Edward Barnard Hankey". It should have been on this thread. Hopefully you can pick up on it LF.

Kind regards

David

David,

Here are the D.S.O. Recipient's Book and London Gazette entries for E.B. Hankey :

D.S.O. Recipient's Book :

HANKEY, E.B. ( D.S.O. London Gazette 1.1.1918 ) ; born 6.4.1875 ; 2nd Lt., Worcestershire Regiment 7.12.1895 ; Lt. 6.3.1899 ; Capt. 1.9.1900 ; Major 20.3.1914 ; Battalion Lt.-Col. 18.2.1915 ; Lt.-Col., Tank Corps, 1.8.1919 ; served South African War, 1899-1901 ( Queen's Medal with 4 clasps ) ; Sudan, 1904 ( Egyptian Medal with clasp ) ; European War ; Despatches ; Battalion Lt.-Col. 1.1.1919.

London Gazette :

London Gazette, 1 Jan. 1918 - War Office, 1 Jan. 1918.

His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the undermentioned rewards for distinguished service in the field. Dated 1 Jan. 1918.

Awarded the Distinguished Service Order ...........................

HANKEY, Edward Barnard, Major and Brevet Lieut.-Colonel, Worcestershire Regt., attached Tank Corps.

Regards,

LF

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davidhughhill

Could you please look up Major / Lt Colonel H.H.B Dyson Royal Scots 1915 .

Thank you

Davie

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Could you please look up Major / Lt Colonel H.H.B Dyson Royal Scots 1915 .

Thank you

Davie

Davie,

H.H.B. Dyson's D.S.O. in is the D.S.O. Recipient's Book 1886- 1915, and so has an entry combined with the London Gazette's entry :-

DYSON, Harry, H. Bernard, Major, was born 1 June 1869, son of William H. Dyson. He joined the Royal Scots 9 November 1889 ; became Lieutenant 16 January 1893, and Captain 3 January 1897. Capt. Dyson was D.A.A.G., India , 22 April 1903, to 18 September 1905, and from 19 September 1905 to 4 December 1907 ; promoted Major 27 March 1907. Major Dyson served in the European War from 1914 ; was in command of the 11th Battalion, Royal Scots, 19 August to 9 October 1914, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order ( London Gazette , 18 February, 1915 ) ; " Harry H. Bernard Dyson, Major, the Royal Scots ( Lothian Regiment ) " He was attached General Staff ( graded G.S.O., 2nd Grade ), Reserve Centre, Western Command, 29 June 1915 to 19 January 1916, and became Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel 3 February 1916, commanding 2nd Battalion Royal Scots. He was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel 7 August 1916. He was wounded ; twice mentioned in Despatches, and was awarded the O.B.E. He married in 1910, Nora, second daughter of Alfred J. Whittell, of Woodside, Llandaff. His D.S.O. was awarded " for services in connection with operations in the field ".

Regards,

LF

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Neill Gilhooley

I do hope the appreciation makes up for all this good work!

Have you the record for Patrick James Blair, 9th Royal Scots?

Thanks, Neill

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dgibson150

Many thanks again LF.

Kind regards

David

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davidhughhill

Thai you very much LF .

Very quick too .

Davie

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Lancashire Fusilier

Have you the record for Patrick James Blair, 9th Royal Scots?

Neill,

Here are the D.S.O. Recipient's Book and London Gazette entries for P.J. Blair :-

D.S.O. Recipient's Book :

BLAIR, P.J. ( D.S.O. London Gazette 3.6.1919 ), Capt. ( Acting/ Lt.-Col. ), Royal Scots, Territorial Force.

London Gazette :

London Gazette, 3 June 1919 - War Office, 3 June 1919.

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. Dated 3 June, 1919.

Awarded the Distinguished Service Order ..........................

BLAIR, Patrick James, Captain ( Acting Lieut.-Colonel ), 9th Battalion Royal Scots, Territorial Force, attached 13th Battalion, Royal Highlanders, Territorial Force.

A King's Birthday D.S.O. award.

Regards,

LF

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Neill Gilhooley

Fantastic, thank you very much.

Neill

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