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The Distinguished Service Order
tomnch, but he tuck to his work and went forward, encouraging his
men till he could see through the smoke that thev were on the German
parapet.. lie was then helped back in an exhaw ted tate. Capt. Wilson's
n~e
.ha:
veral time been brought forward for gallantry and deter–
rrunatlOn."
CRUIKSHANK, GUY LINDSEY,
Lirut. (Temporary Capt.), entered
the ordon Highlanders 1 Dec. 190. He served in the European War,
and was created a Companion of the Distinguished ervice Order [London
Gazette, 4
TOV.
1915J: "Guy Lindsey Cruikshank, Lieut. (Temporary
Capt.), G?rdon Highlanders and Royal Flying Corps. For conspicuous
gallantry m France on 29 ept. 1915, when he successfully carried out a
special mi ion, involving very great ri k." He was killed in action 15
ept. 1916.
EVANS, FAITHFUL SIDNEY.
Lieut. (Temporary Major), served in the
Great War, and was creatt>d a Companion of the Distinguished Service
Order [London Gazette, 4 Nov. 1915] : "Faithful idney Evans, Lieut., 1 /9tb
Battn. King's (Liverpool Regt.), T.F. For conspicuous gallantry on 25
ept. 1915, in the attack near Le Rutoire. He commanded his company
with great skill and dash, and his cheerfulness and absolute disregard of
danger had a marked effect on his men, who were attacking for the first time
over open ground . He was wounded in the attack." Major Evans has
retired.
LAWRENCE, GEORGE AUBREY KENNEDY,
Lieut. (Temporary
Capt. and Flight-Commander), was born at Tunbridge Wells 15 Sept.
1~91.
He comes of a good military . tock, his fathrr h'ling Major–
General William Alexander Lawrence,
Honorary Colonel of the ] 7th Cavalry,
Indian Army, and eldest son of Lieut.–
General R. C. Lawrence, C.B., the
youngest of the five brothers of Indian
fame, and who received the fedals for
the Indian Mutiny and the Sutlej Cam–
paign. Major-General Lawrence's grand–
father was the die;tinguished Colonel
Alexander Lawrence, who took part in
the storming of eringapatam, where he
was seriously wounded. GeOl'ge Law–
rence was educated at The Grange,
Folkestone (Mr. JelI's); at ,"Yellineton
College, Barks; at Mr. Cobhold's, West
Wratting, and at the Royal Iilitary
Academy, Woolwich, passing into the
Geor~e
A. K. Lawrence.
Armv 23 Dec. 1911. He served with
the i12th Battery in Ireland from 1912 to
1914. At the outbreak or the European ,,-rar in 1914, be at oncr joined
the Royal
Flyi~
Corps as econd Lieutenant, and proceeded to France
in ept. ]915, where he speedily distinguished himself. Sir John French,
in
hi Despatch dated Headquart.ers, British ,\rmy in France, 15 Oct. 1915,
refer to Lieut. Lawrence's work ae; follows: .. On one occasion an officer of
the Royal Flying Corps engaged four enemy machines and drove them off,
proceeding on his reconnaissance." Again he writes: "As eddrnce of
the dangers our flying officers are called upon to face, I may stat.e that
on one occasion a machine was bit in no fewer than
&X)
places soon after
ero ing the enemy' s lines, and yet the officer succe "fully carried out his
mi ion." And further on in the same Despatch: "The Royal Flying
Corps has on several occasions carried out a continuous bombing of the
enemy' s communications, descending to 500 feet and under, in order to
hit moving trains on the railway." The following extract from" London
Opinion" in Oct. 1915, peak of the. 300 bullf>t-holes in his machine :
" An officer, in a letter home, writing of the Royal Flying Corps, says:
, The record for bullet-holes in one's machine is much prized.
It
is held
by a Capt. I. ., who returned from one flight with over 300 holes in his
machine, the previous record having been 240 odd.' ' '
In
TOV.
1915, he
was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London
Gazette, 4 Nov. 1915J: "George Aubrey Kennedy Lawrence, Lieut.
(Temporary Capt. and Flight-Commander), Royal Flying Corps. For
conspicuous and repeated acts of gallantry in France, notably t.he follow–
ing: On 21 Sept. 1915, he completed a reconnai sance to points 60 mile
inside the German lines, although repeatedly attacked by a hostile machine.
On 25 Sept. he attacked and hit a moving train near Lille, descending to
600 fept. On 26 Sept. he attacked and drove off a hostile aeroplane which
was interfering with our bombing machines. On 30 Sept. he carried out a
three-hour reconnaissance
in
very bad weather. Although
hi~
machine
was hit in 70 places by anti-aircraft guns in crossing the German lines on
hi
way out, he carried on and completed his work." He was received by
the King at Buckingham Palace 9 Dec. 1915, and was invpsted with the
lru
igria of the Companionship of the Distinguished Serrice Order. From
16 Feb. to 26 June, 1916, he was employed as • quadron Commander in
E~land,
when he took a squadron of QPwith machines to France, re–
maining there till the end of Dec. 1916, when he received the appointment
of
istant Commandant of the Central Flying School, Upavon, and
'Wing Commander and Temporary Lieut.-Colonel, Royal Flying Corps
from 1 Jan. 1917, to date of his death. He was killed in England when
t ting an aeroplane 28 Jan. 1917, and was buried at Brooklands Cemetery.
Lieut.-Colonel Lawrence was 25 years old and unmarried. The following
is
an extract from a letter received from fajor-General Trenchard, D.S-O.,
C.B., Royal Flying Corps: "Headquarters, Royal Flying Corp ,10 March,
1915.-1 alway had an extremely high opinion of your on, and was
greatly di tr
ed
to hear of his death. His example was excellent, not
only by the thoroughness with which he carried out his duties, but by his
courage and kill as a pilot. His quadron, which was under my immediate
command during the Battle of the omme, had heavy fighting and many
casualties, but the tone never deteriorated. This I attribute in no small
degree to your son's personal example and cheerfulness under all
con~
ditions. His death was a real loss to the Roval Flying Corp." Lieut.–
General ir David Henderson, R.C.B., D.S.O:, wrote: "London, 6 Feb.
1917.-1
kne~
your
s~n
personally and by report as one of our best
officers, and hIS death IS a great loss to 'the corps. He was a brave boy
and. a good soldier." The Officer Commanding No. 70 Squadron, Royal
Flymg Corps, also recorded his high e teem for Lieut.-Colonel Lawrence
in the following words: "Both officers and men feel Lieut.-Colonel· Law–
rence's death as a personal loss, and have asked me to express the great
respect and confidence in which they held him during the time he was in
command of No. 'i0 Squadron, Royal
Fly~
Corps.-1 F eb. 1917." Lieut.–
Colonel Lawrence was good at games and a fine ski-er.
PARK, MAITLAND ELPHINSTONE,
Lieut., was born 12 Sept. 1894,
son of Sir Maitland Hall Park, and Alice, daughter of Peter Baillie, of
Inverness. He entered the Royal Highlanders 2 Sept. 1913, becoming
Lieutenant 30 Sept. 1914, and Captain 2 March, 1916. He served in the
Great War, was twice wounded, mentioned in Despatches, and crrated
a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 4 Nov.
1915J: "Maitland Elphinstone Park, Lieut. (Temporary Capt.), 2nd Battn.
Royal Highlanders (The Black Watch). For conspicuous gallantry at
Mauqui art on 25 Sept. 1915, when leading his company and directing
bombing parties in continuous close fighting from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. During
this time he drove the enemy back some 400 yards along two lines of
trenches, and established three blocks, which he held until relieved. At
Givenchy, on 8 Oct., the enemy exploded two mines about 20 yards from
the parapet along which his company was posted. Although half-buried
by the first explosion, he hurried along his fire trench, but was again half–
buried and slightly wounded by the second. Six of his men were killed
and many injured, but he rapidly replaced them from his supports, and
was soon ready to meet any attack."
BUCHAN, JAMES IVORY,
2nd Lieut, served in the Great War, and
was created a Companion of the Dist inguished Service Order [London
Gazette, 4 Nov. 1915J: " James Ivory Buchan, 2nd Lieut. (Temporary
Capt . ), 2nd Battn. Black Watch. For conspicuous gallantry at Mauquissart
on 25 Sept. 1915, when rallying and leading his company after both he
himself and many men had suffered from the effects of gas. He led his
men over three lines of German trenches, his company being the first
to enter their r eserve line near the Moulin. He only gave the order t.o
retire when the troops on both flanks had been forced back by the enemy's
counter-attack and he himself had heen wounded."
PUSCH, FREDERICK LEOPOLD,
2nd Lieut . (Temporary Lieut.),
served in the Great War, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished
Service Order [London Gazette, 4 Nov. 1915J: "Frederick Leopold Pusch,
2nd Lieut. (Temporary Lieut.), 19th (County of London) Battn. The
London Regt. (St. Pancras), T.F. For conspicuous gallantry, marked
ability and resource at Loos on 25 and 27 Sept. 1915. During the advance
through Loos he led a party of bombers, and going alone into a house,
captured seven Germans, although badly shot in the face by one of them.
~otwith
tanding his serious injury, this very gallant officer continued
clearing the enemy out of the cellars in the town. Lieut. Pu ch organized
the bombing attack of Grenadiers on 27 Sept. , operating from the Chalk
Pit against the Copse, at great personal risk, and helped materially in its
capture." The Insignia were presented by the King at Darley Barrack ,
Brentwood, 17 March, 1916. He was killed in action.
London Gazette, 8 Nov. 1915.-" War Office, 8 Nov. 1915. His Majesty
the King has been graciously pleased to confer the undermentioned rewards
for distinguished service in the field during the operations at the Dar–
danelles. To be Companions of the Distinguished en-ice Order."
BARLOW, CHARLES LESLIE,
Major, entered the Army 18 Oct. 1899 ;
became Lieutenant 24 Aug. 1901, and Captain 8 Feb. 1910. He served
in the outh African War, 1 99-1901; was present at the Relief of Lady–
smith,
includi~
action at Colenso; operations of 17 to 24 Jan. 1000
(wounded 21 Jan.) and action at pion Kop; took part in the operations
in Natal (March to June, 1900), including action at Laing's Nek (6 to 9
June); served in the Tran va:l.l, east and west of Pretoria, July to 29
Nov. 1900; again in the Transvaal 30 Nov. 1900, to April, 1901 (Queen's
Medal with four clasps). He served in East Africa, 1905. For his
services in the Europpan War he was created a Companion of the Distin–
guished Service Order [London Gazette, 8 Nov. 1915]: "Charles Leslie
Badow, fajor, The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regt.), attached
E ex Regt. For distinguished service in the field during the operations
at the Dardanelles." He was killed in action.
BROWNING, JOHN COWAN,
Major, youngest son of WiIliam
Browning, J.P. He was educated at Cheltenham Colleae. He became
Lieutenant, 5th Lancashire Battery, Royal Field Artillery (T.F. ), 22 June,
1910; was promoted to Major and retired. He served in the European
War, 1914-18, was mentioned in Despatches, and created a 'Companion of
the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 8 Nov. 1915]: .. John
Cowan Browning, }fajor, 5th Lancashire Battery, Royal Field Artillery
(T.F.). For distinguished service in the field during the operations at the
Dardanelles." Major Browning married, in 1916, Beatrice, daughter of
J. T. Kenyon, and they have one son.
CURLING, BRYAN JAMES,
Major, was born 21 Sept. 1877. He
entered the King' Royal Rifle Corp 29 Nov. 1 99; became Lieutenant
19 Feb. 1901, Capt.ain 22 Jan. 190 , and Major 1 Sept. 1915; Temporary
Lieut.-Colonel 20 Dec. 1915, to 18 Aug. 1916; 25 Sept. 1916, to 20 April,
1917, and 8 June, 1917, t.o 28 Jan. 1918; Temporary Lieut.-Colonel Com–
manding th Battn. The King's Royal Rifle Corp ,30 Jan. to 2 ept. 191 ;
Temporary Brigadier-General 3 Sept. 191. He was taff Captain, 5th