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HONOURS AND AWARDS
3
Name.
No.
Rank.
Battalion.
Date of L.G.
notifying
Award.
Best-Dunldey, B.
Captain (temporary 2nd/5th
Lieutenant-Colonel)
Lister,
J.
.. For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when in
command of his battalion, the leading waves of which, during an
attack, became disorganized by reason of rifle and machine-gun
fire at close range from positions wmch were believed to be
in
our
hands.
.. Lieutenant-Colonel Rest-Dunkley dashed forward, rallied his
leading waves, and personally led them to the assault of these
positions, which, despite heavy losses, were carried.
.. He continued to lead his battalion until all their objectives
had been gained. Had it not been for this officer's I!'allant and
determined action it is doubtful
if
the left of the brigade would
have reached its objectives.
.. Later in the day, when our positions were threatened, he
collected his battalion headquarters, led them to the attack, and beat
off the advancing enemy.
• Tms gallant officer has since died of wounds."
(Extract from London Gazette dated
6/9/17.)
8133
Serjeant
1st
.. For most conspicuous bravery in attack. \\Then advancing t o
the first objective, his company came under machine-gun fire from
the direction of two . pill-boxes.' Seeing that the galling fire
would hold up our advance and prevent our troops keeping up with
the barrage. Serjeant Lister dashed ahead of his men and found a
machine gun firing from a shell-hole in front of the' pill-box.' He
shot two of the enemy gunners and the remainder surrendered to him.
He then went on to the • pi ll-box' and shouted to the occupants
to surrender. They did so with the exception of one man. whom
Serjeant Lister shot dead; whereupon about 100 of the enemy
emerged from shell-holes farther to the rear and surrendered .
.. This non-commissioned officer's prompt act of courage enabled
our line to advance with ha rrlly a check and to keep up with the
barrage, the loss of which might have jeopardized the whole course
of the local battle."
(Extract from London Gazette dated
26/11/17.)
Cassidy,
B.
M....
Second-Lieutenant 2nd
.. For most conspicuous bravery, self-sacrifice, and exceptional
devotion to duty during a hostile attack. At a time when the flank
of the division was
in
danger, Lieutenant Cassidy was in command
of the left company of .ms battalion, which was in close support.
He was given orders prior to the attack that he must hold on to m!
position to the last. He most nobly carried tms out to the letter.
The enemy came on in overwhelming numbers and endeavoured
to turn the flank. He, however, continually rallied his men under
a terrific bombardment . The enemy were several times cleared
out of the trench by his personal leadership. His company was
eventually surronnded, but Lieutenant Cassidy still fought on,
encouraging and exhorting his men until he was eventually killed.
By his most gallant conduct the whole attack was held up at tms
point and the left flank was undoubtedly saved from what might
have been a disaster."
(Extract from London GlUet:. dated
8/5/18.)
6/9/17
26/11/17
8/5/18