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

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rflory

Major William Selwyn Pearman-Smith, DSO, RFA

Born 10 Feb 1891, the son of W J Pearman-Smith, Park Hall, Walsall

Educated at Repton School from Sept 1905 to Dec 1907

Served with 3rd North Midland Bde, RFA TF and B Battery, 232nd Brigade, RFA in France from 1915 to 1918

Temp. Capt, RFA, Sep 1915

Captain, RFA, June 1916

Acting Major, RFA, Sept 1918

Distinguished Service Order, London Gazette 1 January 1918

Twice mentioned in despatches, London Gazette, 15 June 1916 and 7 July 1919

Twice wounded

In 1933 he lived at White Lodge, Four Oaks, Warwickshire

Died 8 Mar 1946

Sources: various Repton School Registers; Old Reptonian War Register, 1914-1919; London Gazette.

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Lancashire Fusilier

Morning

is there an entry for

Major William Selwyn Pearman-Smith

at all, please,

Regards,

Graeme

Graeme,

Rflory found you some excellent and very comprehensive information on Major William Selwyn Pearman-Smith from another source.

I also found some scant information in the D.S.O. book which was listed under SMITH, W.S. ( D.S.O. London Gazette 1.1.18 ) Capt., R.F.A.

His London Gazette entry, which is also scant, is as follows :-

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 services in the Field. Dated 1 Jan. 1918.

Awarded the Distinguished Service Order ..........................SMITH, William Selwyn, Capt., Royal Field Artillery.

Regards,

LF

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Philip Wilson

I have just purchased a book listing all the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) recipients from 1916 - 1923.

Apart from the D.S.O. listings, the book also provides more detailed information and photographs of some of the D.S.O. recipients.

If any member would like me to look up a particular D.S.O. recipient, I shall be pleased to do so.

LF

This book is Part 2 of The Distinguished Service Order covering the period 1st January 1916 to 12 June 1923.

In 1978 J.B.Hayward & Son published 'The Distinguished Service Order 1886 to 1923,' in one volume - Part 1 covers the period 1886 to 31st December 1915 and Part 2 as above. A useful reference book to have on the shelf and one that has been my trusty companion since 1978.

Debretts 1919 is an equally useful book for it lists under Companionage details of living DSO recipients etc.

Philip

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Lancashire Fusilier

This book is Part 2 of The Distinguished Service Order covering the period 1st January 1916 to 12 June 1923.

In 1978 J.B.Hayward & Son published 'The Distinguished Service Order 1886 to 1923,' in one volume - Part 1 covers the period 1886 to 31st December 1915 and Part 2 as above. A useful reference book to have on the shelf and one that has been my trusty companion since 1978.

Debretts 1919 is an equally useful book for it lists under Companionage details of living DSO recipients etc.

Philip

Philip,

Many thanks for the information, I shall take a look at these books, as you say, they are very useful to have on the bookshelf.

Regards,

LF

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Kitchener's Bugle

Hi LF, Would appreciate any info on:-

Major Charles Gamble Bishop RE

Captain W N Pilkington DSO & Bar

Captain Lansdale Hammill DSO, MC & Bar - South Lancs.

Thanks in anticipation. KB

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Lancashire Fusilier

any info on:-

Major Charles Gamble Bishop RE

Captain W N Pilkington DSO & Bar

Captain Lansdale Hammill DSO, MC & Bar - South Lancs.

There are D.S.O. listings for :-

BISHOP, C.G. ( D.S.O. London Gazette 1.1.1918 ), Capt. ( T/Major ), R.E. He was killed in action on 3.10.1917.

His London Gazette entry for 1 Jan 1918, is as follows :-

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 services in the Field. Dated 1 Jan. 1918.

Awarded the Distinguished Service Order ..........................BISHOP, Charles Gamble, Capt. ( Temporary Major ), Royal Engineers.

PILKINGTON, W.N. ( D.S.O. London Gazette 3.16.1916 ) ( Bar, London Gazette 16.9.1918 ); born 26.7.1877 son of late Col. R. Pilkington, C.B., and Louisa, d. of A. Sinclair; educ. Clifton College: Trinity College, Cambridge; Captain of the Cambridge University XV., 1898, and played for England the same year, while he also ran for Cambridge v. Oxford " first string " in the 100 yards; gazetted to 1/15th S. Lancs, Regt., 1900; Lt.-Col. to command the Batt. June, 1920; served Europ. War from 1914; Despatches twice.

His D.S.O. London Gazette, 3 June 1916, is as follows :-

War Office, 3 June 1916. His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the undermentioned rewards for Distinguished Service in the field, dated 3 June, 1916. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order ...............

PILKINGTON, William Norman, Major, South Lancashire Regt. ( T.F. )

You will be pleased to know that for his Bar to the D.S.O. there was a Citation published in the London Gazette, as follows :-

London Gazette, 16 Sept, 1918.

War Office, 16 Sept 1918. His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards to the undermentioned officers in recognition of their gallantry and devotion to duty in the field. Awarded the Bar to the Distinguished Service Order ..............

PILKINGTON, William Norman, D.S.O., Major, South Lancashire Regt. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer was in command of two companies, and showed such marked ability and grasp of the situation that he was put in command of the whole of the defence system manned by three companies. He was most energetic in visting the line and organizing the defence of posts by day and night under heavy fire. He arranged and lead a counter-attack which resulted in the capture of 21 prisoners and two machine guns. The positions he held included a defensive flank, and were of great tactical importance. ( D.S.O. gazetted 3 June, 1916. )

Regards,

LF

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Lancashire Fusilier

any info on:-

Captain Lansdale Hammill DSO, MC & Bar - South Lancs.

KB,

Here are the D.S.O. and London Gazette entries for Captain Lansdale Hammill DSO, MC & Bar - South Lancs.

D.S.O. entry as follows :-

HAMMILL, L. ( D.S.O. London Gazette 26.9.1917 ) ( Details, London Gazette 9.1.1918 ). Capt., S. Lanc. R.; M.C.

His London Gazette entry is as follows :-

London Gazette, 26 Sept, 1917.

War Office, 26 Sept, 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 ...............

HAMMILL, Lonsdale, M.C., Capt., South Lancashire Regt.

Again, you will be pleased to hear that as was mentioned in his D.S.O. London Gazette entry of 26.9.17, there would be ( Details, London Gazette 9.1.1918 ).

These details, were in fact his D.S.O. Citation, as follows :-

London Gazette, 9 Jan, 1918.

War Office, 9 Jan 1918. With reference to the awards conferred as announced in the London Gazette, dated 26 Sept, 1917, the following are the statements of service for which the decorations were conferred. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order : ......

HAMMILL, Lonsdale, M.C., Capt., South Lancashire Regt. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During a reconnaissance he saw the enemy advancing to attack an important advanced post. He got to the post under heavy rifle fire, organized the defence, and drove off the enemy. He then saw that the enemy were working round the flank of a company of another battalion which was likely to become surrounded. He immediately organized a counter-attack, formed a defensive flank, and saved what might have been a disasterous situation. Later he captured an enemy sniper. Throughout the operations he displayed great initiative and good leadership, and set a magnificent example to all ranks.

Regards,

LF

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Lancashire Fusilier

any info on:-

Captain W N Pilkington DSO & Bar

KB,

The Pilkington family appear to have been made of very brave stock, as Captain W.N. Pilkington's brother, one of 6 sons of Col. R. Pilkington, C.B., M.P., was also awarded the D.S.O.

Here is his D.S.O. entry :-

PILKINGTON, G.R. ( D.S.O. London Gazette 1.1.1917 ); born 15.4.1881; 6th son of Col. R. Pilkington, C.B., M.P., and Louisa, d. of A Sinclair; m. Margery, d. of W. Frost; one s. ; one d.; educ. Clifton; Trinity College, Cambridge; Major, S. Lancs. R.; served Europ. War, 1914-17.

His London Gazette entry is as follows :-

London Gazette, 1 Jan 1917.

War Office. 1 Jan, 1917. His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve the undermentioned rewards for distinguished service in the field, dated 1 Jan, 1917.

Awarded the Distinguished Service Order ...............PILKINGTON, Guy Reginald, Capt., South Lancashire Regt.

Regards,

LF

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Kitchener's Bugle

LF, I am most grateful for your help and your speedy response. Many thanks.

The Pilkingtons are the Pilkington family of the Glass Manufacturers. Colonel Pilkington was the Colonel of the South Lancs Regiment. Hamill, Gamble-Bishop and the Pilkingtons all knew and associated with one another as part of the Lancashire county sect. Gamble's father was a Baronet, Sir David Gamble. The Bishops where also a glass manufacturing family and the dynastys merged hence Gamble- Bishop. All have very distinguished WW1 Service Records.

Pilkingtons are still the worlds largest Glass Manufacturers.

Many thanks again LF :hypocrite:

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summers

Hello will you look up Henry William GORDON RE who was awarded the DSO in 1917. Thnaks

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royalredcross

Foreign recipients of British awards were not gazetted but their names were published in a series of War Office Lists.

If you post on the British Medals Forum, you may someone who has a copy of one or more of those lists.

NGG

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summers

Paul,

Here is his D.S.O. entry :-

GORDON, William ( D.S.O. London Gazette 1.1.1918 ); born 15.7.1883; 2nd Lt., R.A., 24.12.1902; Lt. 24.12.1905; Capt. 30.10.1914; Major 9.6.1917; Despatches.

His London Gazette entry ;-

London Gazette, 1 Jan 1918.

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

Awarded the Distinguished Service Order ................... GORDON, William, Major, Royal Garrison Artillery.

Regards,

LF

Thanks LF for the quick response, however I was after Henry William GORDON from the Royal Engineers who was awarded his DSO in the New Year's honours of 1916.

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Lancashire Fusilier

Thanks LF for the quick response, however I was after Henry William GORDON from the Royal Engineers who was awarded his DSO in the New Year's honours of 1916.

Paul,

Here are the details for :-

GORDON, H.W. ( D.S.O. London Gazette 1.1.1917 ); born 5.2.1871; 2nd Lt., R.E., 14.2.1890; Lt. 14.2.1893; Capt. 14.2.1901; Major 14.2.1910; Bt. Lt.-Col. 1.1.1918; Lt.-Col. 3.4.1918; Bt. Col. 1.1.1919; Colonel 1.12.1921; served South Africa War, 1900-02; Queen's Medal, 2 Clasps; King's Medal, 2 Clasps; Europ. War; Despatches.

His London Gazette entry :-

London Gazette, 1 Jan, 1917.

War Office. 1 Jan, 1917. His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the undermentioned rewards for distinguished service in the field, dated 1 Jan, 1917.

Awarded the Distinguished Service Order ................. GORDON, Henry William, Major ( Temporary Lieut.-Colonel ), Royal Engineers.

Regards,

LF

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GraemeClarke

Morning Dick and LF

Been away so sorry about delay in replying.

many thanks for the input re Pearman-Smith, much appreciated,

Regards,

Graeme

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punjab612

Peter,

I cannot see any entry for a Major-General John Arkwright Strick in the A - Z listings for D.S.O. recipients 1916 - 1923.

Whilst there is no entry for Brigadier-General Gilbert Boys Smith, there is an entry for a G.E. Smith born 6.8.1868 the son of A. Smith of Winchester.

He went through the ranks to become a Brig-General. Could this be your man ? If so, I have more details on him and his D.S.O.

Regards,

LF

Sorry about delay in reply been off the forum for a while

Thanks for looking; unfortunately thie Smith is not the right man.

Thanks again

Peter

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Lancashire Fusilier

Sorry about delay in reply been off the forum for a while

Thanks for looking; unfortunately thie Smith is not the right man.

Thanks again

Peter

Peter,

I have since taken another good look without success, it is likely that your men got their D.S.Os outside of the books date range of 1916 - 1923.

Regards,

LF

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summers

Thanks LF for the replies and the promptness.Paul

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Philip Wilson

Peter

Extract Honour the Officers Page 709:

STRICK John Arkwright Major DSO Shropshire Light Infantry KBHL LG. 23.6.1915 page 6124

STRICK John Arkwright LtCol BvtColonel CB Shropshire Light Infantry ITA LG 1.1.1919 page 63

STRICK's entry is in Part 1 of the Distinguished Service Order on page 401 - I will post the details later this weekend.

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Philip Wilson

Extract page 401 – Part 1 The Distinguished Service Order:

STRICK, John Arkwright, Major, was born 11 May 1870, son of the late Colonel J.STRICK, C.B., of Bar Hill, Madderley. He was gazetted to the Shropshire Light Infantry 1 March 1890; became Lieutenant 1 Jan.1892; was Adjutant Shropshire Light Infantry, 23 July 1895 to 4 March 1899; was promoted to Captain 4 Dec. 1899; to Major 17 Nov.1908; to Lieutenant Colonel 19 Aug. 1917; and to Colonel 2 June 1919. He was Adjutant, Indian Volunteers, 5 Mar.1899 to 21 Oct 1902; Adjutant, Militia 23 April 1903 to 22 April 1906; Staff Captain, No.4 District Western Command 1 April 1908 to 24 Oct. 1909; D.A.A. and Q.M.G. , Welsh Division Western Command 25 Oct.1909 to 31 March 1912; A.A. and Q.M.G., B.E.F., British Armies in France 6 August 1915 to 1 May 1917; Commandant , Lines of Communication , British Armies in France, British Forces in Italy, 2 May 1917 to 3 July 1918; Inspector General of British Forces in Italy 4 July 1918. Temp Major-General. He took part in the operations on the North-West Frontier of India, 1897-98, with the Tirah Expeditionary Force, from 29 Dec.1897 to the end of the campaign (Medal with two clasps). For his services in the European War he was mentioned in Despatches; was given the Brevets of Lieutenant -Colonel 1 Jan.1917 and Colonel 3 June 1918; was made a Chevalier , Legion d’Honneur; created a C.B. in 1919; and a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order ( London Gazette, 23 June 1915): “John Arkwright STRICK , Major, Shropshire Light Infantry. For Distinguished Service in the Field.” In 1914 he married Iris Gwendolen daughter of the late George CAMMELL, of Brookfield Manor, Hathersage , and they have one son.

Do you want his entry in War Services of Officers of the Army 1920 ?

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Steven Broomfield

Debretts 1919 is an equally useful book for it lists under Companionage details of living DSO recipients etc.

Philip

I also have a couple of editions of Who's Who from the 1920's which have useful additional information.

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summers

Hello LF will you look up the following men for me please. Noel Hudson RGA and Edward Alexander Kettlewell Indian Army. Thanks Paul

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Lancashire Fusilier

Hello LF will you look up the following men for me please. Noel Hudson RGA and Edward Alexander Kettlewell Indian Army. Thanks Paul

Paul,

Here are details on your men :-

HUDSON, N. ( D.S.O. London Gazette 4.6.1917 ); born 28.7.1984; 2nd Lt., R.A., 12.12.1903; Lt. 12.12.1906; Capt. 30.10.1914; Bt. Major 3.6.1916; Major, R.A., 4.3.1918; ( Tank Corps 1.6.1920 ) Lt.-Col. 2.11.1920; served Europ. War; Despatches.

His London Gazette entry :-

London Gazette, 4 June, 1917.

War Office, 4 June 1917. His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve the undermentioned rewards for distinguished service in the field.

To be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order ....... HUDSON, Noel, Capt. and Brevet Major ( Acting Major ), Royal Garrison Artillery.

KETTLEWELL, E.A. ( D.S.O. London Gazette 16.9.1918 ) Lt.Col., I.A., 1.6.1904; Bt. Col. 6.6.1907; retired pay, 3.8.1911; served Burmese Exp. 1885-87; Medal, clasp; N.W.F. of India 1897-98; Medal, 2 clasps; Tirah 1897-98; Despatches; clasp; China 1900; Medal.

His London Gazette entry : - ( Fortunately, it includes a Citation )

London Gazette, 16 Sept, 1918.

War Office, 16 Sept, 1918.

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

Awarded the Distinguished Service Order ......... KETTLEWELL, Edward Alexander, Lieut. Colonel ( Brevet Colonel ), Indian Army. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was in command of reinforcement camps, and was ordered to fill a gap in our line with such forces as he could collect. Realizing the emergency, he had already reorganized the reinforcements and such stragglers as he could collect into a battalion, and at an hour's notice personally led them forward to a section of the line which he held for two days until relieved. During this period he beat off several attacks, and by his personal example inspired his men with confidence and assurance.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Regards,

LF

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summers

Hello LF

Thanks for this information and your promptness. Have a wonderful and prosperous new year.

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summers

Hello LF

I have another if you'd be so kind

Wyndham Lindsay BIRCH

Thanks

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Lancashire Fusilier

Paul,

Here are details on your man, W.L. Birch :-

D.S.O. listing -

BIRCH, W.L. ( D.S.O. London Gazette 3.6.1919 ); born 22.3.1879; son of Sir. A. Birch; married Susan, daughter of 7th Earl of Hardwicke; one son; educated Marlborough; served as private in London Scottish; as Subaltern, W. Yorks Regiment; as Observer and Pilot in the R.F.C., and R.A.F., in France, Salonika, Palestine, Syria and Somaliland; Despatches twice; M.B.E.; Croix de Guerre; Prime Warden of the Fishmongers' Company.

London Gazette, 3 June, 1919.

Air Ministry, Strand, London, W.C.2., 3 June 1919.

His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the undermentioned rewards to officers of the Royal Air Force, in recognition of distinguished services rendered during the war.

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

BIRCH, Wyndham Lindsay, M.B.E., Capt. ( Acting Major ) ( West Yorkshire Regiment ) ( Egypt ).

Sounds like a very interesting man,

Regards,

LF

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