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John S Astley DCM MM


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Can someone please help locate information on Pte 290188 John S Astley Royal Welsh Fusiliers. John Seymour Astley of Newton, Montgomeryshire was awarded the DCM and MM during World War One. I located the citation of the DCM in the Edinburgh Gazette 20 Feb 1918 page 746. The award of the MM was gazetted (London) 15 March 1918 page 3459. However, I would like to know where he carried out the deed that earned him his DCM. I would also like to know why he was awarded the MM and where he was when awarded. Any advice welcome

Thanks in advance, Roy

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290188 Pte J S Astley. (Newtown)

For conspicuous gallentry and devotion to duty in carrying wounded during an action under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire. He set an excellent example of courage and self sacrifice. 18/2/1918.

Bob

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It's recommended that you go back approximately 3 months - from the citation date to the action.

OR's are not usually mentioned by name in the battalion war diaries but it's certainly possible if his gallantry or the circumstances merited the attention of the diarist..

His MIC says he served in the 1/7th battalion at Gallipoli or thereabouts (date of entry 08.08.15). If he stayed with the battalion, he would have been in the Egyptian theatre (Egypt, Palestine and Syria) in late 1917 as per the diaries here

Mike

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The NA's give free access to the archived LG entries for the DCM, in many cases the location of the action is hand written in pencil next to the entry, in this case, sadly it is not.

Sam

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Hi Sam

I did attempt at looking for one but failed so thank you for trying, much appreciated.

I also searched Welsh Newspapers on Line (National Library of Wales) and although I located an entry for the date of both awards nothing more for the deeds Regards, Roy

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