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Puzzle re 2nd bar to MC: AWC MAJOR


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Colleagues on the Forum have found the award of AWC (Arthur William Channon) Major's MC and bar, but not the 2nd bar.

His uniform ribbon shows MC strip plus 2 pips.

MOD service record shows:

Honours and Rewards including Mentions in Despatches - Military Cross.

Date of Gazette or Other Authority: 26.11.1917; 26.7.1918; 4.8.1918.

British Library record shows:

Military Cross...26 Sept 1917 - Service in field - (looks like) Ypres.

24 December 1917 - Service in field - Bullecourt.

2 April 1918 - Service in field, Arras.

Can anyone help re ident and citations?

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Re Russian awards:

BL records show Order of St. Anne, 2nd Class with crossed swords, 12 March 1919, for general service. There is a citation as follows:

"Picked up live French mortar shell during a demonstration Archangel, February 1919. (Looks like) Thanks in Russian Orders by General Marousheffski and received letter from General Ironside. Quelled uprising (looks like an abbrevation) 1st batt Archangel Rifles in Archangel. (Looks like) thanks by General Needham in (looks like) orders. Recommended by Col (could be Buxton, Boyton) VC and Col Edwards DSO for operations in (looks like Z---tora) against Bolsheviks in March 1919.

MOD records show:

Order of St. Anne with crossed swords (Russian) )

) Russian Gazette, Archangel.

Order of St. George (Russian) )

I would be so grateful for as much information as you can provide.

George Major (Majordecor)

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m.c. citation , london gazette 6 th april 1918 page 4220

t/2nd lt arthur william channon major att. suff. r.

for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in continuing to command his company for four days though wounded in the arm and suffering great pain. when his company lost direction in an attack owing to thick mist he reformed it parallel to its front, a most difficult operation to carry out under fire. he moved continually from shell - hole to shell-hole supervising and encouraging the company.

hope this helps


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bar to m.c. citation london gazette 26th july 1918 page 8761

t/2nd lt arthur william channon major m.c. suff. r

for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. when the flank of the battalion was in the air he was ordered to move his company to form a flank defence and although very painfully wounded he personally posted each section to the best advantage saving the position for some hours. he kept a lewis gun in action himself when all his gun teams had become casualties and was the last to redraw. covering the men with the gun and holding off the enemy at close range.


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Dear Enoch,


Hope you can solve even more! Anything on 2nd bar?

I thought you'd like to know - re the bar to MC citation. Actually, AWCM's widow, who lives with us, was told the story. He was not actually the very last man to withdraw. One soldier remained with him and the Lewis gun was perched on his shoulder allowing AWCM to use his one good arm. I do hope that soldier was also awarded a medal and I wish I knew his name.

Very best wishes.


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sorry george i can't seem to find the 2nd bar!, i had a look at the london gazette date you mentioned in your post. but can't find it


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