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Droocoo

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Hi all,

 

I have posted here and elsewhere before, regarding combinations of MC’s and MM’s. This was as part of my research regarding Lt Sydney Ernest Warburton MC MM 1/4th Yorks and Lancs.

 

Here I have an issue of Medal News from February 1983 with the recipients of such combinations for your perusal.

 

Warburton’s group is pictured below. I have included his original commission document as I think it is stunning. As an MC collector, this is definitely one of the highlights of my collection!

 

Kindest Regards,

 

Andrew

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What I particularly like about these combinations is that the recipients ascended through the ranks through the merit of their gallantry as opposed to being commissioned from wealth. As you can see, Warburton’s 1914-1915 star records his rank as private.

 

Kindest Regards,

 

Andrew

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That list is not complete. I guided a Canadian tour last week for a man whose father received the MM in 1916 and the MC in 1917 and he doesn't appear to be listed.

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Interesting, the list was compiled a while ago so I am sure that there would be more names to add. Is there a definitive register?

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Mate,

 

Yes My ALH rolls show a number

 

BONYTHON    Guy Godolphyn    98    Pte    9 LHR    A Sqn evac to hosp UK (dysentry) 7-15 (G) to LH Dtls UK 2-16 to 7 Trg Bn (27Bn) UK 9-16 to 48Bn 10-16 to L/Cpl 6-17 to Cpl 7-17 WIA 9-8-17 back shrapnel reported a number of casulties from shells in the front line (between 7 to 14 Aug unit lost 11 KIA and 36 WIA) at Kemmel rtn 9-17 MM - for his actions at Passchendaele Ridge 12-10-17 prom 2/Lt possibly CCo 10-17 WIA 3-5-18 minor reported in attack on Monument Wood & MC - for his actions near Cachey & Villers Bretonneux 3-5-18 F&B to AIF depot (1 Com) UK 1-19 shown prom Capt date N/R married Lorrie Turner at Bolden near Durham UK 16-1-19 

 

BUCKLAND    John Leslie Gibson    986    Cpl    4 LH Sig Trp    HQ to 2 Div Sig Co 9-15 MM - for his actions in the sinking of the "Southland" near Gallipoli 21-8-15 (G) prom 2/Lt 4 Div Sig Co 3-16 MC - for his actions at Pozieres 8-16 to 5 Div Sig Co 10-17 to 3 Div Sig Co 11-17 prom Capt 2-18 MID - for his command 8-18 F&B later WWII later LtCol 
 

McDOWALL    Maxwell Barton Tweedie    89    L/Cpl    9 LHR    A Sqn to Cpl 10-15 evac to (15 BGH) hosp (enteric) 10-15 to (3 London GH) hosp Wandsworth UK (enteric) 12-15 (G) to 12 Trg Bn Rollestone UK 9-16 to Sgt 48Bn 10-16 MM - for his actions at Reincourt - Bullecourt 11-4-17 prom 2/Lt 24-4-17 WIA 12-10-17 R/arm, leg & neck & recom shrapnel in fighting around the Keiberg Spur & recom MC - for his actions at Passchendaele ridge 18-10-17 rtn 1-18 WIA 4-5-18 head shrapnel & MC - for his actions at Villers Bretonneux 3-5-18 & recom + bar to MC - for his actions at Proyart 8/9-8-18 MID - for his work between Feb to Sept 1918 F&B to 12 Trg Bn UK 10-18 RTA 1914 leave

 

O'BRIEN    Jack    1008    Spr    4 LH Sig Troop    HQ to 2 Div Sig Co 8-15 on "Southland when Torpedeoed (G) to 4 Div Sig Co 3-16 to Cpl 4-16 recom DCM awarded MM - for his actions under fire at Pozieres 19-8-16  + bar to MM - for his actions at Flers 7-12-16 to Sgt 2-17 recom DCM - for his actions at Noreuil 9/13-4-17 MID - for his actions at Messines 7-6-17 DCM - for his actions near Zonnebeke 28/29-9-17 to CSM 10-17 prom 2/Lt 6-11-17 MC - for his actions at Hehcourt and Lavieville near Dernancourt 28-3-18 T/att 27 US Div 9-18 F&B married Chris Urquhart in Glasgow Scotland 28-11-18 AKA John Patrick O'Brien later WWII LtCol Fort Sigs
 

These I found in a quick search

 

Cheers


S.B

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Here is a Australian combo .

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Adding to the list: CSM John Laidlaw Renwick MC MM 9th Royal Scots killed 23.4.17

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  • 1 year later...

I mentioned Lt John William Russell MC DCM MM RE in an earlier take on this subject 

and I've also written him up in more detail here (though I managed to get the Gazette date of his MM wrong somehow) http://blogs.mhs.ox.ac.uk/innovatingincombat/guest-post-david-underdown-lt-j-w-russell-mc-dcm-mm-re-dorking/

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George Burdon McKean VC MM MC wrote a book about his exploits called Scouting Skills: The Memoir of a Scout Officer in the Great War which was published in 1919. Mentioned it on the 'What books are you reading' on the Books forum last week

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