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Capt. A.H. Charlton DSO MC


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I'm trying to find information on this 1st/6th battalion North Staffordshire Regiment officer and the citation for his DSO.  In particular, I would like to clear up how the award of his DSO was phrased as there seems to be a conflict of who exactly was responsible for the capture of Riqueval bridge in September 1918.  There is some support for the claim that corporal Openshaw 466th Field coy RE was the person responsible for taking the bridge.  He was awarded the DCM and there is a translation from a French newspaper in the 1st/6th North Staffordshire's war diary which refers to him indirectly.  On the other hand, there is a letter from Pt A.G. Shennan B coy  North Staffs that refers to Charlton, who was his company officer,  cutting the mine charges.  Hopefully, Charlton's DSO citation will clear this up for me.

Any help, as always, will be much appreciated.

Richard

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The citation for the D.S.O. was published in the London Gazette issue of 4 October 1919 https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/31583/supplement/12221 but was first announced in the issue of 8 March 1919 https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/31219/supplement/3225

 

Edit to add: The citation fro the award of the D.C.M. to Spr. 97483 Openshaw https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/31668/supplement/14868

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Thanks both.  I think I can say that the bridge was taken by a combination of the attacks by Acting Capt. Charlton's company and the men with Acting L. Cpl.  Openshaw.  Although, it seems that Charlton got most the credit.

Richard

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