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Name.
No.
40684
HONOURS AND AWARDS
Rank.
Battalion.
loth
5
Date of L.G.
fIOtijyiflf
Award.
Colley, H.
J.,
M.M.
Private (acting
Serjeant)
Lester,
F.
" For most conspicuous bravery and initiative when in com–
mand of a platoon in support of forward platoons which had been
ordered to hold on at all costs.
" When the enemy counter-attacked in force , he rushed forward
on his own initiative to help the forward li ne, rallying and controlling
the men holding it. The enemy by this time were advancing
quickly, and had already obtained a footing in the trench. Serjeant
Colley then formed a defensive flank and held it. Out of the two
platoons only three men remained unwounded, and he himself was
dangerously wounded.
" It
was entirely due to Serjeant Colley's action that the enemy
were prevented from breaking through, and were eventually driven
ofl. His courage and tenacity saved a very critical situation."
(Extract from London Gazette dated
22/10/18.)
51674 Private (acting
Corporal)
lOth
.. For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice during the
clearing of the village of Neuvilly on October 12th, 1918, when, with
a party of about seven men under an officer, he was the first to enter
a house from the back door, and shot two Germans as they attempted
to get out by the front door.
.. A minute later a fall of masonry blocked the door by which the
party had entered. The only exit into the street was under fire at
point blank range. The street was also swept by the fire of machine
guns at close range. Observing that an enemy sniper was causing
heavy casualties to a party in a house across the street. Private
Lester exclaimed•• I'll settle him
I'
and, dashing out into the street,
shot the sniper at close quarters. falling mortally wounded at the
same instant.
.. This gallant man well knew it was certain death to go into the
street. and the party opposite was faced with the alternative of
crossing the fire-swept street or staying where it was and being shot
one by one.
" To save their lives he sacrificed his own."
(Extract from London Gazelie dated 140 /12/18.)
Clarke, ].
37721 Serjeant (acting
Company–
Serjeant-Major)
15th
" For most conspicuous bravery and initiative during the attack
at Happegarbe on Kovember 2nd, 1!)18, when in command of a
platoon. He led his men forward with great determination, and.
on being held up by heavy machine-gun fire, rushed forward
through a thick, strongly held hedge, captured in succession four
machine guns. and single-handed bayoneted the crews.
.. Later he led the remnants of his platoon to the capture of
three machine guns and many prisoners .
" In the later stages of the attack on the same day, when his
platoon was held up by enemy machine guns. he successfully led
a tank against them over very exposed ground .
.. Continuing the attack on November 3rd. after capturing
many prisoners and gaining his objective, he organized his line most
skilfully and held up the enemy.
22/10/18
14/12/18
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