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Hi,

I believe the attached image is the medal card of Lt. Col. William Drysdale D.S.O.

BEF research is not my strong side. Could anyone help me "decoding" all the numbers and abbrevations?

As far as I know Drysdale was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order and mentioned in London Gazette, 18 Feb. 1915. Does this mean I will find more information as to why he was awarded the DSO here?

Thanks,

Antoni

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That is the poor copy of the card from National Archives, you can get a much better copy - free - from Ancestry here :

http://interactive.ancestry.co.uk/1262/30850_A000470-02668?pid=698007&backurl=http://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db%3DMedalRolls%26gss%3Dsfs28_ms_r_db%26new%3D1%26rank%3D1%26gsfn%3Dwilliam%26gsfn_x%3D0%26gsln%3Ddrysdale%26gsln_x%3D0%26MSAV%3D1%26uidh%3Duk2&usePUB=true

It includes the reverse side with some useful info on as well!

BillyH.

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A note on the card looks as if he was Killed IN Action at some time. He earned a 1914 Star, BWM & Victory Medal as well as the DSO.

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de Ruvigny Roll of Honour :

BillyH.

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Hi Antoni,

His DSO appears to be an "Honours Award" awarded (effective 18.2.1915) as a result of his general service, rather than a specific act with a citation - the annotated LG publication page is p26/159 of the WO 389/1 (free) download.

Regards

Chris

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Chris, Billy, "Uncle George" - thanks! This helps a lot. As I understand he was wounded during the first battle of Ypres, but stayed with his unit, the 21st Brigade, where he was served as Brigade Major (Fall 1914/Winter 1915). The 21st's war diaries doesn't, as far as I can see, mention anything about him being wounded. This was not usual even if he was an officer?

A

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The citation for his DSO is here

http://lib.militaryarchive.co.uk/library/Biographical/library/The-VC-and-DSO-Volume-II/files/assets/basic-html/page359.html

It was for services in connection with operations in the field

The Brigade diary lists few officer casualties, as his citation shows he 'remained at duty' probably shrugged it off, in Python style, as a 'flesh wound!'

The content of all diaries differ, and while it's unusual for wounded officers not to be mentioned it's by no means unique.

Ken

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