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The Distinguished Service Order
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counter-attack, and the steadiness with which it finally withdrew in the
face of superior numbers, and eventually occupied a position in the rear
to cover a gap made in the line, was worthy of all praise, and adds fresh
laurels to the fine record of the old 48th. The Brigadier-General has heard
of numerous individual gallant exploits in this engaaement, and con–
gratulates himself on having such a fine body of men asOthe 1st Northants
in his brigade. He desires that this order be read out to the battalion on
parade." An officer of the Northants writes: "The Commander-in–
Chief, Lord French, saw the 1st Battn. of the Northamptonshire Regt. on
parade, and delivered an appreciative address to them. He congratulated
all ranks on its splendid performances during the campaign, and said that
he was proud to have such a fine body of men as the 1st Northants under
his command. He wished to express to each man how much he appre–
ciated their gallant conduct, behaviour and endurance." Major Cautley
was again mentioned in Despatches on 23 June, 1915. He fell in action
on 9 May, 1915, near Richbourg, while leading the 1st Northants Regt.
against the German trenches. Wounded in the right arm, he had been
already attended to when he was struck by another bullet, death being
instantaneous. In Battalion Orders, issued by Lieut.-Colonel Massey
Lloyd, 3rd Suffolks, 20 May, appears the following:
"It
is with deep
regret that the Commanding Officer has to announce the death of Major
\V. O. Cautley, D.S.O., killed in action. Major Cautley, by the keen
interest he always took in the welfare of the battalion, endeared himself
to all ranks, and in the end brought a great distinction not only to him–
self, but to the battalion to which he was so devoted. The Commanding
Officer has lost a personal friend, and the Suffolk Regt. a brilliant soldier."
He had married, 10 April, 1901, at St. Catherine's, Blairgowrie, Scotland,
Agnes, second daughter of Charles Hill-Whitson, late Scots Greys, of Park
Hill, Blairgowrie, and they had three children: Beatrice Sylvia Aimee
Marian Agnes, and William Hill, born 1906.
SALMON, HUGH MAXWELL BROOME, Capt., was born 6 June,
1888, at St. Leonards-on-Sea, son of Mordaunt Broome Salmon, (late) 3rd
Queen's Own Bombay Light Cavalry (who took part in the Battle of
Maiwand and siege of Kandahar, and was recommended for the V.C.
He was killed at polo at Neemuch, on 30 Dec. 1887, his rank at the time
of his death being that of Captain), and his wife, Maud Ethel, daughter of
Colonel G. Hancock, of the Bombay Staff Corps, now Mrs. Vicars, of Avon–
dale, Eastbourne. Hugh Salmon was educated at Wellington College,
where he was in the 1st XV., 1904-5, and in the Gym. Pair, 1905, and at
Sandhurst (entered Jan. 1907), where he was in the 1st XV., 1907. He
became Second Lieutenant, 1st Battn. The 24th Re!!t. (South Wales
Borderers), 22 Feb. 1908, and Lieutenant 1 April, 1911. He served in
the European War from 1914. At the First Battle of Ypres, " the bom–
bardment of Givenchy-Ies-Basilee Spur commenced about 7.30 p.m. on
the 25th J an. 1915, and ceased at 8.30 a.m. The Germans attacked in
waves five times. I was in support," says Capt. Salmon, "at Windy
Corner, and took up my company as reinforcement during the bombard–
ment. At about 10 a.m. the Welsh Regt. were broken through and suffered
very severely. The enemy put up a barrage of high explosive over Givenchy
village and the road from Windy Corner. I took up a party of Royal
Welsh Fusiliers (T.) and posted them where required, and received a
machine-gun bullet through the leg while doing it. A plat.oon of my
company, assisted by a company of the Black Watch, retook the Welsh
trenches. Givenchy Spur was held this day by the 3rd Brigade.
It
was
never held by any previous attack." For these services Capt. Salmon
was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London
Gazette, 10 March, 1915]: "Hugh Maxwell Broome Salmon, Capt.
(temporary), 1st Battn. King's Own Scottish Borderers. For conspicuous
courage at Givenchy on 25th J an. 1915. Although wounded, he brought
up men from the local reserves under heavy fire on two occasions, and
remained throughout the day with his company in action." He was
made Captain 24 Jan. 1915; was wounded at the First Battle of Ypres,
2 Nov. 1914; at Givenchy-Ies-Bassee 25 Jan. 1915, and was mentioned
in Despatches, Feb. 1915, for the First Battle of Ypres. On 28 Dec. 1916,
at Tewkesbury Abbey, Capt. Salmon married Violet Lucy, daughter of
James Sllapland Sargeaunt, Esq., of Tewkesbury Park, Tewkesbury.
TRAVERS, HUGH MORTIMER, Capt., was born at Calcutta on
2 Sept. 1873, son of Lieut.-Colonel Joseph Oates Travers, Leicestershire
Regt., Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, a distinction which he received
for the Crimean Campaign. Capt. Travers came of a distinguished military
family, his grandfathers having been General Sir Robert Travers, of the
Rifle Brigade, and Major-General Sir Henry Marion Durand, R.E.,
K.C.S.1., C.B. Sir Robert Travers was one of six brothers, four of whom
were in the Rifle Brigade and two in the Navy, and the six brothers had
amongst them twenty-four sons, all of whom went into the Army. At
one time Sir Robert and three of his brothers and two of Mrs. Travers'
first cousins were in the Rifle Brigade. The 'Travel's crest is a cockle-shell,
showing that the family took part in the Crusades, and their name is carved
at Battle Abbey, and is in Battle Abbey Roll. They are descended from .
Baron Robert de Travers, who, in 1067, married the heiress of Nateby,
in Lancashire. Another ancestor, Admiral Sir Eaton Travers, was engaged
with the enemy over one hundred times , and was eight times mentioned
for his gallant conduct. Hugh Mortimer Travers was educated at Welling–
ton College, and was gazetted in the 1st Leicestershire Regt. from the
Militia in Dec. 1896, joining the battalion at the Cape in 1897, where he
remained till 1902. He took part in the South African War.; was pro–
moted Lieutenant in Oct. 1899, and was present with his battalion at
Talana Hill; in the retreat from Dundee; at the actions of Lombard's
Kop; in the siege of Ladysmith; in Sir Redvers Buller's advance on
Lydenberg, and under General Sir John French in the Eastern Transvaal.
In the last thirteen months of the war he was on an armoured train. For
his services in this campaign he received the thanks of Lord Kitchener,
and the Queen's Medal with two clasps. He also held the. Coronation
Medal. He was promoted Captain, and was selected for the Egyptian
Army, but retired in 1907, as he had contracted blackwater fever. He
joined the 5th Battn. Royal Munster Fusiliers in Nov. of that year. \'I'hen
the European War broke out he was attached to a battalion of the Regular
Army, and was present at the Battle of the Aisne; at La Bassee ami
Givenchy, at all of which he did exceedingly well. Capt. Trav('l's was
killed in action on 8 Nov. 1914, being shot through the head in a bayonet
charge, in which he gallantly led his men, near Hooge, a small village near
Ypres. For his conduct in this action he was created a Companion of the
Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 10 March, 1915]: "Hugh
Mortimer Travers, Capt., 5th (attached 3rd) Battn. Royal Munster
Fusiliers. For conspicuous gallantry and ability on 8 Nov. near Ypres,
in organizing an attack and recapturing a trench from the enemy, and
subsequently for leading a second attack and capturing another position
fifty yards nearer to the front. Capt. Travers was killed while maintaining
his post on this occasion." The Adjutant of his battalion, in a letter,
said that he " died the death of a soldier and a very gallant gentleman,"
and a sergeant described his deed as " the coolest deed I have ever seen.
It
was gloriously brave." Capt. Travers was engaged to Wilhelmina
Annette, daughter of Surgeon-General Sir William Taylor, M.D., K.C.B.,
and Lady Taylor, and the marriage had been postponed because Capt.
Travers had to leave for the front at twenty-four hours' notice.
LANG, ERIC CHRISTIAN, Lieut., was born 26 Sept. 1 88. He was
educated for the medical profession (M.B.), joining the Royal Army Medical
Corps, as Lieutenant, 26 .July, 1912. He served in the European War, 1914-
18, attached to the 1st Battn. Leicestershire Regt. He was mentioned
twice in Despatches, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service
Order [London Gazette, 10 March, 1915]: "Eric Christian Lang, Lieut.,
Royal Army Medical Corps, attached 1st Battn. The Leicestershire Regt.,
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on two occasions, especially
on 9 Feb. 1915, at Rue du Bois, in rescuing a severely wounded officer
under very difficult circumstances while in
full
view of the enemy." He
became Captain 30 March, 1915; was Acting Major, Jan. to April, 1918,
and Acting Lieutenant-Colonel, April, 1918, to March, 1919.
SHAW, EDWARD WINGFIELD, Lieut., was born at Anerley, London,
S.E., 19 Feb. 1895, youngest son of Colonel
George Jocelyn Shaw, Indian Army
(retired), and great-grandson of the late
Sir Frederick Shaw, 3rd Baronet, of
Bushy Park, Dublin. He was educated
at Lancing and Dulwich Colleges, and at
the Royal Military College, Sandhurst,
joining the Middlesex Regt. 26 Aug. 1914.
He was sent to France as Lieutenant, 1st
Middlesex Regt., and got
his
Temp.–
Captaincy within a month. He was men–
tioned in Despatches, and was created a
Companion of the Distinguished Service
Order [London Gazette, 10 March, 1915] :
" Edward "'ingfield Shaw, Lieut. (Tempo–
rary Captain), 1st Battn. (The Duke of
Cambridge's Own) Middlesex Regt. For
Edward Wingfleld Shaw. conspicuous gallantry on 30 Oct. 1914, at
La Boutillerie. In leading a part of
his
platoon to reco,-er a lost trench he was wounded and compelled
to
retire,
but collecting another party, he went forward again to the attack and
entered the enemy's trench, being wounded a second time in so doing. As
a result of the action the trench was recovered, 30 of the enemy being
killed or wounded and the remainder taken prisoner." Subsequently,
and on recovering from his wounds, which were slight , he rejoined the 3rd
Battn. of his regiment in France in Feb. 1915, and took part in the various
operations near Ypres, being again mentioned in Despatches 18 June,
1915. He came home to England on sick leave in Sept. 1915, and rejoined
the 1st Battn. of his regiment in France in Feb. 1916. He served con–
tinuously with his units until he was wounded, 2 Oct. 1916, while leading
his company in an attack on Les Booufs. He was moved to the base
hospital at Rouen, and died 7 Dec. 1916. He was buried in St. Sever
Cemetery, Rouen.
London Gazette, 3 March, 1915.-" Admiralty, 3 March, 1915. The King
has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointment to
the Distinguished Service Order to the undermentioned Officer, in recognition
of services mentioned in Vice-Admiral Beatty's Despatch 3 March, 1915."
PETERS,
F~DERIC
THORNTON, Lieut., served in the European War,
and took part in the action in the North Sea on Sunday, 24 Jan. 1915.
Hp, was on board H.M.S. Meteor during this engagement. He was created
a Companion of the Distinguished Service
Order [London Gazette, 3 March, 1915]:
"Frederic Thornton Peters, Lieut., Royal
avy." Lieut. Peters was on active
service from 1914-17. He died of wounds
7 Dec. 1916.
London Gazette, 16
~larch,
1915.-" "Var
Office, 16 March, 1915. His Majesty the
King has been graciously pleased to appoint
the undermentioned Officer to be a Com–
panion of the Distinguished Service Order."
JOHNSON, DUDLEY GRAHAM, Capt.,
served in the Great War at Tsingtau in
1914; was mentioned in Despatches, and
created a Companion of the Distinguished
ervice Order [London Gazette, 16 March,
Dudley Graham Johnson. 1915]:" Dudley Graham Johnson, Capt.,