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I Recently discovered a two page origianl letter written by the commanding officer of the 28th Battalion CEF, to the next of kin of:

Major Charles Edgar Atheling Bredin DSO. 28th Battalion CEF. Died Of Wounds November 18, 1917. (Buried at Calais South Cemetery.). I was hoping some one out there might have the DSO Book that includes citations, or any other details on this officer. Many thanks in advance.

Letter as follows (IN PART):

28th North West Battalion Canadians, France

C.E.A. Bredin Esq.

Firdale, Man. Can.

My Dear Mr. Bredin:

"...His wounds were received while leading his men in a most difficult operation in connection with the capture of Passchendaele, and although he was not permitted to see the completion of the operation, yet so well had he done his work in advance, that his company was able to reach and consolidate its objective in a splendid manner.

He was stuck by shrapnel, one piece striking him in the face; another in the throat, while apparently effected the nerve centres to some extent as he was paralyzed in the right-arm, and another piece striking him in the groin. His men immediately secured six German prisoners, had him placed on a stretcher and detailed an escort to take him to the dressing station and he was carried out safely and as rapidly as the circumstances would permit..."

Lieut. Colonel

Commanding 28th/ North West Battalion

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London Gazette 14 November 1916:

For conspicious gallantry in action. He led his company in attack and captured an enemy strong point, which was holding up the attack, under intense artillery, rifle and machine-gun fire. Later he took over the command of the whole line and consolidated the position with great skill and determination.

Charles M

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Could anyone help with a DSO citation for

(Colonel) AJ Palmer DSO

possibly Gloucestershire Hussars??

He was definitely a Colonel by the 1920s but may possibly have been a Major during WW1 - no luck on the Gazzette site....


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Alas, there is no citation for him since he was awarded the DSO in the King's Birthday Honours of 1917 (London Gazette 4 June 1917). You are right in that he was Royal Gloucestershire Hussars and was a Major at the time of the award. He was also a TD, JP and High Sheriff of Gloucestershire. He served on Gallipoli and in Egypt and was also awarded the Serbian Order of the White Eagle 4th Class.


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Thanks very much Charles - I'll pass on that info. A colleague has a very fine photo of this officer in his full ceremonial uniform, DSO and Serbian decorations prominent!

I'll see if I can scan it in,



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