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Walter Alexander M.M. 2888, 290527, Cpl., 1/7 Gordon Highlanders. Was he originally recommended for a D.C.M.?


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Walter Alexander was killed in action on 14 February 1917, while attached to 153 Trench Mortar Battery.

In the report of his death in a local paper on 2 March 1917 it says that he had been awarded the DCM and that the ribbon had been awarded by his "Commanding Officer" recently.


The award of ribbons was on 2 February 1917 and the awards were made by the GOC [51] Division (1/7 GH War Diary). The MM was gazetted on 22 January 1917.


I wondered if Walter Alexander had originally been recommended for a DCM and been awarded an MM instead and whoever wrote to his family had not been aware of the lower award. Unfortunately the war diary contains no infomation about recommendations or awards.


I was surprised to find that the DCM appears on the CWGC Graves Registration Form:



The inscription form is correct and includes the six digit serial number:



I am baffled by the error in the Graves Registration Form. Where did it get the DCM from?





Edited by rolt968
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