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World War 1 at Sea - Royal Navy Despatches, Gallantry and Civil Awards
from the London Gazette - August 1914 to December 1920

 

JULY - SEPTEMBER 1917


by Gordon Smith, Naval-History.Net

 

Cleaning up after coaling - imagine the effort and dirt of coaling-ship!!
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Notes:

(1) My thanks to the London Gazette for placing all this information in the public domain

(2) Also includes Army Despatches involving Royal Navy forces, and Ships receiving Naval Salvage & Prize Bounty Money

(3) Link to Royal Navy casualty lists

 

 

 Despatches - Naval unless otherwise listed

(click titles for link)

 
 

30169 

Egyptian Campaign, Army, dated 1 March 1917 (excerpts)

  30176  Mesopotamian Campaign, Army, dated 10 April 1917 (excerpts)
  30182  East African Campaign, Army, dated 10 March 1917 (excerpts)
  30194  Naval Gallantry Awards - U-boat campaign, RNAS, Merchant Navy etc
  30196  Salonika Campaign - Naval Mentions, dated 29 March 1917
  30227  Naval Gallantry Awards - U-boat campaign, RNAS, Merchant Navy etc
  30233  Mesopotamian Campaign - Naval Mentions, dated 15 August 1917
  30258 

Naval Gallantry Awards - Straits of Otranto, Q-Ships, Merchant Navy etc

  30285 

Naval Gallantry Awards - U-boat campaign, RNAS, Merchant Navy etc

  30298  Mesopotamian Campaign, dated 7 May 1917
  30305 

Nyasaland Operations, Army, dated 30 April 1917 (excerpts)

  30316 

Naval Gallantry Awards - RNAS etc

   

 
 

30161 - 3 JULY 1917

 

Naval Salvage Money.

 

Salvage Money awarded to H.M. Trawler "Etoile Polaire" for Salvage of "Volscian," 16th October, 1915.

 

Salvage Money awarded to H.M.S. "Resono," " Electra," "Fervent," "Seaflower," "Sicyon," "Marloes," "Croupier," Torpedo Boat "No. 9," and "Robust" for Salvage of s.s. "Athamas," 17th and 18th November, 1915.

 

Salvage Money awarded to H.M. Trawlers "Bona Dea," "Mena," and "Reporto" for Salvage of s.s. "West Marsh," 25th May, 1916.

 

Salvage Money awarded to H.M. Torpedo Boats "No. 8," "No. 9," "No. 20," H.M.S. "Walton Belle," "Duchess of Rothesay," "Aries II.," "Forsdyk," " Seaflower," "Alnmouth," "Jessica," Hoppers "Outpost" and "Watcher" for Salvage of s.s. "Parkgate," 1st June, 1916.

 

Salvage Money awarded to H.M. Trawler "Lord Allendale" for Salvage of schooner "Janie," 17th February, 1917.

 

 

30169 - 6 JULY 1917

 

EGYPTIAN CAMPAIGN

ARMY DESPATCH dated 1 March 1917

(excerpts)

 

War Office, 6th July, 1917.

 

The Secretary of State for War has received the following despatches from General Sir Archibald Murray, G.C.M.G., K.C.B., Commander-in-Chief, Egyptian Expeditionary Force:

 

General Headquarters, Egyptian Expeditionary Force,

1st March 1917.

 

MY LORD: 

I have the honour to submit a report on the operations of the Force under my command from 1st October, 1916, to 28th February, 1917.

 

3. (Sinai campaign) The first half of November was mainly occupied in making the necessary arrangements for pressing forward our advance towards El Arish……

 

5. ….Every tactical preparation for the offensive had been made, naval co-operation planned, and arrangements made for the landing of stores and construction of piers as soon as El Arish was in my possession. ….

 

6. …… On the 22nd December the Scottish troops were about El Arish and Bittia. Minesweeping operations were at once commenced in the roadstead under the direction of Captain A. H. Williamson, M.V.O., R.N., while the erection of a pier was taken in hand. In forty-eight hours the roadstead was cleared of mines, and the supply ships from Port Said began unloading stores and supplies on the 24th. ….

 

11. ….  In general, the period following the action at Magruntein was, on my eastern front, devoted to preparations for a further advance. Invaluable work was done during this period by the Royal Navy in transporting and landing supplies from the sea at El Arish. The coast is exceptionally unfavourable for operations of this kind, owing to strong currents, a shelving and shifting beach and heavy surf. Nevertheless, owing to the whole-hearted co-operation of Vice-Admiral Sir R. E. Wemyss, K.C.B., C.M.G., M.V.O., and those under him, a large amount of stores and supplies was landed. Before the end of the month the railway station at El Arish was completed.

 

14. (Western Desert) During October, under the direction of the Italian authorities, a combined British and Italian naval reconnaissance was carried out at Ageila, thirty-two miles west of Tobruk, where a large camp of followers of Idris and Nuri, with guns and a quantity of ammunition, was reported….

 

 

A list of those Officers, Non-commissioned officers and men whom I desire to bring to your special notice in connection with these operations will be forwarded at an early date.

 

I have the honour to be, Your Lordship's most obedient servant,

A. J. MURRAY, General, Commander-in-Chief, Egyptian Expeditionary Force.

________

 

General Headquarters, 18th March, 1917.

 

MY LORD,

In accordance with the final paragraph of my Despatch dated 1st March, 1917, I have the honour to enclose herewith a list of those officers, non-commissioned officers and men, and of other persons, whose names I desire to bring to your notice for gallant or distinguished conduct in the field, or for other valuable services.

 

I have the honour to be, Your Lordship's most obedient servant,

A. J. MURRAY, General, Commander-in-Chief, Egyptian Expeditionary Force.

 

Royal Navy.

 

Allenby, Rear-Admiral R. A., M.V.O.

Macdonald, Comdr. (acting Capt.) W. B.

Wemyss, Vice-Admiral Sir R. E., K.C.B., C.M.G., M.V.O.

Williamson, Capt. A. H., M.V.O.

 

(followed by Army lists)

 

 

30172 - 6 JULY 1917

 

War Office, 9th July, 1917.

 

(included in Army lists)

 

With reference to the list of awards of the Distinguished Conduct Medal announced in the London Gazette of 4th ultimo the services for which these decorations were granted are specified below:

 

 R.M.A./9996 A./Bty./S./M. W. Davis, R.M.A. (formerly R.F.R./B./1324). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has consistently performed good work throughout and has at all times under fire set a fine example.

 

Ply./13760 Sjt. (A./Ch./Sjt.) W. G. Scott, R.M.L.I. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. His work before and during operations was exceptionally good, and he has at all times set a fine example.

 

460 S./Sjt. Forem. Mech. H. Williams, R.M.A. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has performed continual good work until he was wounded while doing repairs to a Tank.

________

 

His Majesty The KING (is) pleased to approve of the award of a Bar to the Military Medal to the undermentioned Non-commissioned Officers and Men:

 

T2.618 P./O. W. Brown, R.N.V.R.

L.Z.2769 P./O. W. F. Hardy, R.N.V.R.

K.W.557 A./B. W. Leather, R.N.V.R.

(M.M's gazetted 26th March, 1917.)

 

T.Z.1277 L./S. H. Williamson, R.N.V.R.

(M.M. gazetted 17th April, 1917.)

 

T.Z.6026 A./B. G. W. McPherson, R.N.V.R.

 (M.M. gazetted 18th June, 1917.)

________

 

His Majesty The KING (is) pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the Field to the undermentioned Non-Commissioned Officers and Men:

C.Z.2797 C.P./O. W. Allan, R.N.V.R.

K.P.236 L./S. F. Atkins, R.N.V.R.

Deal/4077 (S) Pte. H. Andrew, R. Marines.

Deal/3322 (S.) Pte. J. D. Archibald, R. Marines.

Ply. 17493 Pte. J. Baird, R.M.L.I.

R.181 A./B. A. Barber, R.N.V.R.

T.Z.993 A./B. A. Barker, R.N.V.R.

C.Z.2843 A./B. W. Baxter, R.N.V.R.

C.Z.694 A./B. J. Bennett, R.N.V.R.

T.Z.6462 A./B. J. Boe, R.N.V.R.

Ch./S./73 Pte. E. Booth, R.M.L.I.

Deal/3165 (S.) Cpl. G. T. Bradley, R. Marines.

T.Z.3808 A./B. J. Burn, R.N.V.R.

Ch. 7771 Sjt. (actg. S./M.) J. Bushell, R.M.L.I.

TZ/7445 A./B. J. W. Candlish, R.N.V.R.

K.W.344 A./B. J. W. Charlesworth, R.N.V.R.

B.Z. 4448 A./B. F. L. Chettle, R.N.V.R.

P.O. 13278 Pte. H. Castley, R.M.L.I.

T.Z.2023 L./S. W. Dudley, R.N.V.R.

Ply. 219 (S) Sjt. A. T. Eaves, R.M.L.I.

T.Z.1295 L./S. R. S. Gibson, R.N.V.R.

B.Z.3424 A./B. F. Grant, R.N.V.R.

Z.C. 5165 A./B. M. Gray, R.N.V.R.

W.Z.118 A./B. J. Griffiths, R.N.V.R.

CZ/4607 L./Seaman A. R. Hamill, R.N.V.R.

M.L.588 A./B. J. Hill, R.N.V.R.

T.Z. 5744 A./B. H. Hollis, R.N.V.R.

T.Z. 6185 A/B. W. H. Horner, R.N.V.R.

K.P.241 L./S. A. Hunt, R.N.V.R.

Ply. 17564 Pte. A. F. Hutton, R.M.L.I.

T.Z.4936 A./B. J. W. Inns, R.N.V.R.

K.X.381 P. Officer L. Jackson, R.N.V.R.

P.O. 17447 Pte. S. Jackson, R.M.L.I.

M.3/238 A/B. W. Jackson, R.N.V.R.

L.Z. 1001 C.P.Off. E. Jennings, R.N.V.R.

T.Z.2659 A./B. T. McD. Johnson, R.N.V.R.

C.Z.6435 A./B C. Johnston, R.N.V.R.

Ply. 17813 Pte. (aotg. Sjt.) A. J. Kerslake, R.M.L.I.

Deal/3942 (S.) Pte. R. King, R. Marines.

T.Z.553 L./S. W. Lawson, R.N.V.R.

TZ/136 P.Off. A. Leask, R.N.V.R.

Z.T.2109 A./B. R. H. Legg, R.N.V.R.

P.O. 15284 Cpl. (actg. Sjt.) E. R. Ludbrook, R.M.L.I.

T.Z. 1890 L./S. J. Luty, R.N.V.R.

L.Z.3758 A./B. L. W. Mansell, R.N.V.R.

TZ/2118 P.Off. J. Marchant, R.N.V.R.

C.Z.4949 A./B. J. Martin, R.N.V.R.

C.Z.1251 L./S. G. McKain, R.N.V.R.

C.Z.1621 P.Off. J. McKeand, R.N.V.R.

PO/17577 Pte. D. McKinnon, R.M.L.I.

T.Z.2825 A./B. A. McLachlan, R.N.V.R.

Depot/S/4096 Pte. H. C. Micklem, Med. Unit, R.N.V.R.

C.Z.4747 A./B. W. Neilson, R.N.V.R.

K.X.174 P.Off. R. G. Nelson, R.N.V.R.

L.Z.394 L./S. J. E. Parsons, R.N.V.R.

T.Z.3234 A./B. J. W Sherry, R.N.V.R.

L.Z.5101 A./B. J. H. Spicer, R.N.V.R.

Deal/3538 (S) L./C. W. Titley, R. Marines.

L/Z/767 L./Seaman G. F. Turner, R.N.V.R.

T.Z.1899 P./O. J. Walker, R.N.V.R.

L.A./3340 A./B. H. J. Webb, R.N.V.R.

 

 

30176 - 10 JULY 1917

 

MESOPOTAMIAN CAMPAIGN

ARMY DESPATCH dated 10 April 1917

(excerpts)

 

War Office, 10th July, 1917.

 

The Secretary of State for War has received the following despatch addressed to the Chief of the General Staff, India, by Lieut.-General Sir Stanley Maude, K.C.B., Commander-in- Chief, Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force:

 

General Headquarters, Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force.

10th April, 1917.

 

SIR: 

1. I have the honour to submit herewith a report on the operations carried out by the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force for the period extending from August 28th, 1916, the date upon which I assumed command of the Army, until March 31st, 1917, three weeks after the fall of Baghdad.

 

….

 

26. ….  During this day's fighting at Shumran heavy losses had been inflicted on the enemy, and our captures had been increased in all to 4 field guns, 8 machine guns, some 1,650 prisoners, and a large quantity of rifles, ammunition, equipment and war stores. The gunboats were now ordered up-stream from Falahiyeh, and reached Kut the same evening

 

27. While these events were happening at Shumran, Lieut.-General Cobbe cleared the enemy's sixth line at Sannaiyat, the Nakhailat and Suwada positions, and the left bank as far as Kut without much opposition. The capture of the Sannaiyat position, which the Turks believed to be impregnable, had only been accomplished after a fierce struggle, in which our infantry, closely supported by our artillery, displayed great gallantry and endurance against a brave and determined enemy. The latter had again suffered severely. Many trenches were choked with corpses, and the open ground where counter-attacks had taken place was strewn with them.

 

The Advance on Baghdad: from February 25th to March 11th.

 

28. Early in the morning on the 25th, the cavalry and Lieut.-General Marshall's force moved north-west in pursuit of the enemy, whose rearguards had retired in the night. The gunboats also proceeded up-stream. Our troops came in contact with the enemy about eight miles from Shumran, and drove him back, in spite of stubborn resistance, to his main position two miles further west, where the Turks, strong in artillery, were disposed in trenches and nalas. Our guns, handled with dash, gave valuable support, but were handicapped in this flat country by being in the open, whilst the Turkish guns were concealed in gun pits. After a severe fight, our infantry gained a footing in the enemy's position and took about 400 prisoners. The cavalry on ihe northern flank had been checked by entrenched infantry, and were unable to envelope the Turkish rearguard. The Royal Navy on our left flank cooperated with excellent effect in the bombardment of the enemy's position during the day.

 

On the 26th, one column, following the bend of the river, advanced to force any position which the enemy might be holding on the left bank of the Tigris, whilst another column of all arms marched direct to the Sumar Bend in order to intercept him. His retreat proved, however, to be too rapid. Stripping themselves of guns and other encumbrances, the Turks just evaded our troops, who had made a forced march across some eighteen miles of arid plain. Our cavalry came up with the enemy's rear parties and shelled his rearguard, entrenched near Nahr Kellak. 

 

29. The gunboat flotilla, proceeding upstream full speed ahead, came under very heavy fire at the closest range from guns, machine guns and rifles, to which it replied vigorously. In spite of casualties and damage to the vessels the flotilla held on its course past the rearguard position, and did considerable execution among the enemy's retreating columns. Further up-stream many of the enemy's craft were struggling to get away, and the Royal Navy pressed forward in pursuit. The hostile vessels were soon within easy range, and several surrendered, including the armed tug "Sumana," which had been captured at Kut when that place fell. The Turkish steamer "Basra," full of troops and wounded, surrendered when brought to by a shell which killed and wounded some German machine gunners. H.M.S. "Firefly," captured from us during the retreat from Ctesiphon, in 1915. kept up a running fight, but after being hit several times she fell into our hands, the enemy making an unsuccessful attempt to set fire to her magazine. The "Pioneer," badly hit by our fire, was also taken, as well as some barges laden with munitions. Our gunboats were in touch with and shelled the retreating enemy during most of the 27th, and his retirement was harassed by the cavalry until after dark, when his troops were streaming through Aziziyeh in great confusion.  

 

30. The pursuit was broken off at Aziziyeh (50 miles from Kut and half-way to Baghdad), where the gunboats, cavalry and Lieut.-General Marshall's infantry were concentrated during the pause necessary to reorganise our extended line of communication preparatory to a further advance. Lieut.-General Cobbe's force closed to the front, clearing the battlefields and protecting the line of march. Immense quantities of equipment, ammunition, rifles, vehicles and stores of all kinds lay scattered throughout the 80 miles over which the enemy had retreated under pressure, and marauders on looting intent did not hesitate to attack small parties who stood in their way.

 

Since crossing the Tigris we had captured some 4,000 prisoners, of whom 188 were officers, 39 guns, 22 trench mortars, 11 machine guns, H.M.S. "Firefly," "Sumana" (recaptured), "Pioneer," "Basra," and several smaller vessels, besides ten barges, pontoons, and other bridging material, quantities of rifles, bayonets, equipment, ammunition and explosives, vehicles and miscellaneous stores of all kinds. In addition, the enemy threw into the river or otherwise destroyed several guns and much war material.

 

31. On the 5th, the supply situation having been rapidly re-adjusted, Lieut.-General Marshall marched to Zeur (eighteen miles), preceded by the cavalry, which moved seven miles further to Lajj. Here the Turkish rearguard was found in an entrenched position, very difficult to locate by reason of a dense dust storm that was blowing and of a network of nalas, with which the country is intersected. The cavalry was hotly engaged with the enemy in this locality throughout the day, and took some prisoners. A noticeable feature of the day's work was a brilliant charge made, mounted, by the Hussars straight into the Turkish trenches. The enemy retreated during the night. The dust storm continued on the 6th, when the cavalry, carrying out some useful reconnaissances, got within three miles of the Dialah river, and picked up some prisoners. The Ctesiphon position, strongly entrenched, was found unoccupied. There was evidence that the enemy had intended to hold it, but the rapidity of our advance had evidently prevented him from doing so. Lieut.-General Marshall followed the cavalry to Bustan (seventeen miles), and the head of Lieut.-General Cobbe's column reached Zeur.

 

On the 7th our advanced guard came in contact with the enemy on the line of the Dialah river, which joins the Tigris on its left bank, about eight miles below Baghdad. As the ground was absolutely flat and devoid of cover it was decided to make no further advance till after sunset. Our gunboats and artillery, however, came into action against the hostile guns.

 

….

 

34. On the left bank of the Tigris Lieut.-General Marshall had, during the 9th, elaborated preparations for forcing the passage of the Dialah. At 4 a.m., on the 10th, the crossing began at two points a mile apart and met with considerable opposition, but by 7 a.m. the East Lancashires and Wiltshires were across and had linked up with the detachment of Loyal North Lancashires which had so heroically held its ground there. Motor lighters carrying infantry to attack the enemy's right flank above the mouth of the Dialah grounded lower down the river, and took no part in the operation. The bridge across the Dialah was completed by noon, and our troops pushing steadily on drove the enemy from the riverside villages of Saidah, Dibaiyi and Qararah - the latter strongly defended with machine guns - and finally faced the enemy's last position covering Baghdad along the Tel Muhammad Ridge. These operations had resulted in the capture of 300 prisoners and a large quantity of arms, ammunition and equipment, whilst severe loss had been inflicted on the enemy in killed and wounded, over 300 of his dead being found by our troops.,

 

During the night of the 10th/11th close touch with the enemy was maintained by patrols, and at 1.30 a.m. on the 11th it was reported that the Turks were retiring. The Tel Muhammad position was at once occupied, and patrols pushed beyond it, but contact with the enemy was lost in the dust storm. Early on the 11th Lieut.-General Marshall advanced rapidly on Baghdad and entered the city amid manifestations of satisfaction on the part of the inhabitants. A state of anarchy had existed for some hours, Kurds and Arabs looting the bazaars and setting fire indiscriminately at various points. Infantry guards provided for in advance were, however, soon on the spot, order was restored without difficulty, and the British flag hoisted over the city. In the afternoon the gunboat flotilla proceeding upstream in line ahead formation anchored off the British Residency, and the two forces under Lieut.-Generals Marshall and Cobbe provided for the security of the approaches to the city, being disposed one on either bank of the river. For over a fortnight before we entered Baghdad the enemy had been removing stores and articles of military value, and destroying property which he could not remove, but an immense quantity of booty, part damaged, part undamaged, remained. This included guns, machine guns, rifles, ammunition, machinery, railway workshops, railway material, rolling stock, ice and soda water plant, pipes, pumps, cranes, winches, signal and telegraph equipment, and hospital accessories. In the Arsenal were found among some cannon of considerable antiquity all the gains (rendered useless by General Townshend) which fell into the enemy's hands at the capitulation of Kut in April, 1916.

 

The Operations, Subsequent to the Fall of Baghdad: From March 12th to 31st.

 

35. With the near approach of the flood season it was now necessary to obtain control of the river bunds upstream of the city, and Yahudie and Kasirin on the left bank of the Tigris, 20 and 28 miles respectively above Baghdad, were consequently occupied on the 13th and 14th. On the right bank of the Tigris the retreating enemy had entrenched a strong position south of Mushaidie Railway Station some 20 miles north of Baghdad. Lieut.-General Cobbe was entrusted with the mission of securing the bunds on this bank, and on the night of the 13th/14th a column marched from Baghdad and reached Tadjiye Station by daybreak on the 14th. The Turkish position was some seven miles in extent, extending from the river in a north-easterly direction towards the railway which runs due north and south. The western flank rested on successive lines of sandhills, which lie on both sides of the railway line, whilst east of the railway the defensive system centred in two dominant heights, linked to each other and to the river by a series of trenches, nalas and irrigation cuts. In front lay a bare flat plain, whilst undulating ground behind gave the enemy concealment for manoeuvre and cover for reserves. It was decided to attack the Turkish right flank with the whole force, as such a movement aimed directly at the enemy's railhead and general reserve would turn the main position east of the railway.

 

Our troops advanced on both sides of the railway supported by artillery barrage, whilst the Cavalry operating on the western flank took the enemy's position in enfilade and in reverse with rifle and machine gun fire. Communication was maintained with our gunboats, which co-operated by shelling points in the Turkish line. Ridge after ridge was captured in spite of infantry and artillery fire, which was sometimes intense, until the Black Watch and Gurkhas by a brilliant charge carried the main position, inflicting severe casualties on the enemy. Fighting continued after nightfall, and at Mushaidie Station the enemy made his last stand, but the Black Watch and Gurkhas rushed the station at midnight and pursued the enemy for half a mile beyond.

 

The enemy's flight was now so rapid that touch was not obtained again, and on the 16th our aeroplanes reported stragglers over a depth of 20 miles, the nearest being 25 miles north of Mushaidie. These operations had involved continuous marching and stiff fighting, almost without a break, for two nights and a day, in which our troops displayed fine endurance and. determination.

 

Summary.

 

43. ….To the Royal Navy the thanks of the Army are due for the thorough way in which they carried out somewhat restricted but none the less important duties during the earlier part of this period. The fact that the enemy barred the way at Sannaiyat necessitated their work being at first limited to assisting in the protection of our water communications, cooperating with our detachment on the Euphrates front and occasionally shelling the enemy's position at Sannaiyat, where the Naval Kite Balloon Section rendered good service in observation work. Their opportunity came later, when after the passage of the Tigris they pressed forward in pursuit and rendered the brilliant and substantial services described above.  ….

 

50. A list giving the names of those Officers, Warrant and Non-commissioned Officers and Men whose services are deemed deserving of special mention will follow.

 

I have the honour to be, Sir, Your obedient Servant,

F. S. MAUDE, Lieutenant-General: Commanding-in-Chief, Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force.

 

 

30182 - 13 JULY 1917

 

EAST AFRICAN CAMPAIGN

ARMY DESPATCH dated 10 March 1917

(excerpts)

 

War Office, 13th July, 1917.

 

The Colonial Office has forwarded for publication the following Despatch on military operations of the Rhodesian Forces:

 

From the High Commissioner for South Africa

To the Secretary of State for the Colonies.

 

High Commissioner's Office, Cape Town, March 10th, 1917.

 

SIR: In compliance with your request, I have the honour to furnish the following report on military affairs in Rhodesia and the operations of the Rhodesian Forces from the outbreak of the war to the beginning of 1916. It will be convenient to divide the report into five parts:

 

I.-Operations on the West.

II.-Operations on the North-Eastern Border.

III.-The Tanganyika Naval Expedition.

IV.-The general situation in Rhodesia and the raising of forces for service in other fields than those above mentioned.

V.-Conclusion.

 

PART III.-THE TANGANYIKA NAVAL EXPEDITION.

 

In April, 1915, a scheme was approved by the Admiralty for depriving the Germans of the command which they had hitherto held, by means of three small armed vessels, on Lake Tanganyika. The plan was to send out from England to Cape Town, and thence by rail, road and river to the Lake, two motor-boats of a speed and armament which would outclass those of the German vessels. The two boats, with a small Expeditionary Force under the command of Commander G. Spicer Simson, R.N., arrived at Cape Town towards the end of June. By December 23rd the "Mimi" and the "Toutou," as the boats were named, had been successfully launched on the Lake, and three days later the first action was fought.

 

2. Notwithstanding the precautions that were taken to keep the expedition a secret, it is difficult to believe that the enemy received no warning of its despatch. They probably heard of it, but refused to take it seriously. And certainly it must have seemed to them, at first sight, a harebrained enterprise. After being landed at Cape Town the boats had to be taken 2,300 miles by train, via Bulawayo and Livingstone, to rail-head North of Elizabethville in the Belgian Congo. Next followed 150 miles of haulage, by atrocious roads, over country varying in altitude from 2,000 to 6,000 feet. Then another journey on trucks over a short section of railway. Then the boats were floated 400 miles down the Lualaba River under their own power for part of the journey, and for the rest on lighters. Shoals and rocks abounded, and barrels had to be lashed under the boats to reduce their draught. The final stage of the journey was by rail again to the small Belgian harbour of Lukuga, about halfway up the western shore of the Lake.

 

3. Commander Spicer Simson's reports of his journey to Lake Tanganyika constitute a fine record of courage and perseverance. The following is an extract from the report in which he describes the cross-country portion of the journey:

 

"I desire to call to your attention the excellent work done by the officers and men of the Expedition who were on the road with me. They have cheerfully worked under the most trying conditions of heat always, rain occasionally, and thick dust on most occasions. The first and last of these conditions were particularly hard to bear on account of the shortness of water which was experienced. Washing, and even drinking water, was voluntarily given up for use in the boilers of the traction engines in order that the progress of the Expedition should not be delayed. Only those who have had to work without shade in the thick dust raised by the engines under a tropical sun, with the added discomforts of nothing to drink and nothing to wash in, can realise what determination is necessary to maintain the necessary energy to overcome the great difficulties which were encountered on the road. It was, in the opinion of all competent judges who knew the road, sheer madness to attempt to take traction engines alone over it, and more so to try and tow the boats by this means, or any other. I wish to bring to your notice the excellent work done by Sub-Lieutenant A. Dudley, R.N.V.R., who was in charge of the transport. It is mainly due to his exertions that the transport of the boats over the road was safely accomplished."

 

4. The first encounter with the enemy took place on December 26th. At 9 a.m. the German gunboat "Kingani," a vessel of 30 or 40 tons armed with one gun, was sighted about seven miles distant from Lukuga steaming south, and the "Mimi" and the "Toutou" immediately set out to attack her. The enemy having no gun aft, the "Mimi " attacked her from astern, and, having got the range, opened with high explosive shell from her 3-pounder Hotchkiss. The first shell struck the "Kingani's" gun-shield, killing the two men at the gun and the Captain. After a few more shots the remainder of the crew surrendered, and the "Kingani" was taken into harbour in a sinking condition. She was soon repaired. A 12- pounder gun was mounted on her, and, as H.M.S. "Fifi," she proved a valuable addition to the British flotilla.

 

5. This left the enemy with two ships, the "Graf von Gotzen," a vessel of 400-500 tons carrying one 4-inch and two smaller guns, and the "Hedwig von Wiseman," a gunboat of about the same size as the captured one. On February 9th, 1916, the "Hedwig von Wissman'' was attacked by the "Fifi" and "Mimi," and sunk after a chase and running fight which lasted for three hours. The result was largely due to the skilful manoeuvring of the two British vessels. The "Mimi" kept astern of the enemy and out of range of his after gun, causing him to tack from side to side in order to bring his foremost gun to bear, and thus delaying him until the "Fifi" could get within range. Finally a high explosive shell from the "Fifi" destroyed the enemy's engines. Before she sank, the Germans abandoned their ship, and all except two Europeans and three natives, who had been killed, were picked up by the "Fifi" and "Mimi."

 

6. It would have been satisfactory if the third and largest of the German ships could have been accounted for by the British flotilla, but she did not risk an engagement. After being bombed by a Belgian aeroplane, she was scuttled by the Germans in Kigoma harbour, on the eastern shore of the Lake.

 

7. So ended Germany's command of Tanganyika. Apart from the material loss inflicted on the enemy, the success of the Naval Expedition did much to enhance British prestige among the natives, not only in the immediate neighbourhood of the Lake, but in the northern districts of Rhodesia and in adjacent German territory. The German supremacy of the Lake had for years been recognised as an established fact, and its total destruction within a few months of the arrival of the Expedition afforded opportune and striking evidence of British power.

 

8. The following distinctions were awarded to members of the Expedition:

 

Distinguished Service Order and Special Promotion to Commander.

Commander G. B. Spicer Simson, R.N.

 

Distinguished Service Cross.

Lieutenant A. E. Wainwright, R.N.V.R.

Lieutenant Arthur Dudley, R.N.V.R.

Surgeon H. McC. Hanschell, R.N.

 

Distinguished Service Medal.

Actg. Chief Petty Officer W. Waterhouse, R.N.

Petty Officer 1st Class D. J. Murphy, R.N.

Petty Officer D. Flynn, R.N.

Petty Officer William Sims, R.N.

Petty Officer Mechanic Chas. Ernest Cobb, R.N.A.S.

Petty Officer Mechanic Donald McLean Graham, R.N.A.S.

Engine Room Artificer 1st Class H. Berry, R.N.R.

Engine Room Artificer 1st Class J. S. Lamont, R.N.R.

Signalman George Sydney Tasker, R.N.V.R.

Able Seaman Herbert Wm. Marsh, R.N.

Able Seaman J. Brien, R.N.R.

Seaman G. Behenna, R.N.R.

 

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PART V.-CONCLUSION.

 

5. Lastly, it is my pleasing duty to acknowledge our indebtedness to the administration of the Belgian Congo for their co-operation, not only on the Northern border, but also in the journey of the Naval Expedition to Tanganyika and in the actions fought on the lake. It is true that they were closely concerned in the question of the command of the Lake, and, to a lesser degree, in the defence of the Fife-Abercorn frontier. Their actions, however, were dictated by no motives of self-interest. The co-operation of our gallant Belgian allies was lent, as it was accepted, in a genuine spirit of friendship and camaraderie.

 

I have, etc.,

BUXTON, High Commissioner.

 

 

 

30184 - 13 JULY 1917

 

War Office, 14th July, 1917.

 

(included in Army lists)

 

The following are among the Decorations and Medals awarded by the Allied Powers at various dates to the British Forces for distinguished services rendered during the course of the campaign:

 

The President of The FRENCH REPUBLIC.

 

Legion d'Honneur.

 

Croix de Chevalier.

Temporary Captain Lancelot Francis Orde, Royal Marines.

 

Croix de Guerre.

 

Acting Flight Commander Charles Dawson Booker, Royal Naval Air Service.

Temporary Sub-Lieutenant Everard Nelson Gaskell Exton, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.

Ch/19877 Private (Lance-Corporal) Charles Frank George Gilbert, Royal Marine Light Infantry.

 

 

30186 - 17 JULY 1917

 

Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood.

 

The KING (is) pleased to give orders for the following promotion in the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, in recognition of the services of the undermentioned officer during the War:

To be an Additional Member of the Military Division of the Second Class, or Knights Commanders, of the said Most Honourable Order.

Captain Reginald Yorke Tyrwhitt, C.B., D.S.O., R.N. (Commodore, First Class).

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Admiralty, 16th, July, 1917.

 

The KING (is) pleased to confer the Royal Naval Reserve Officer's Decoration upon the following Officers:

Cdr. Frederick E. Storey, R.N.R.

Engr. Lt.-Cdr. William Scott, R.N.R.

 

 

30188 - 17 JULY 1917

 

War Office, July 18th, 1917.

 

(included in Army lists)

 

His Majesty The KING (is) pleased to award a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order to:

 

Temp. Actg. Comdr. Arthur Melland Asquith, D.S.O., R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and determination in the attack and clearance of a village, when he personally captured ten of the enemy, and later organised its defence, and, by his contempt of danger under heavy fire, contributed greatly to the success of the operations and to the steadiness of all ranks with him. (D.S.O. gazetted 17th April, 1917.)

 

Temp. Lt. Comdr. Walter Sterndale-Bennett, D.S.O., R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On discovering the wire uncut except in a few places he went forward himself and led his battalion through the partially cut gaps. He finally gained his objective, and held on against very strong resistance. The success of the operation was almost entirely due to his personal example. (D.S.O. gazetted 26th January, 1917.)

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His Majesty The KING (is) pleased to approve of the appointments of the undermentioned Officers to be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order in recognition of their gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field:

 

Temp. Sub-Lt. James Hardy Brown, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty throughout the campaign. He has navigated his ship at high speed, night and day, in all weathers, with marked zeal and determination. He has at all times set a magnificent example of courage and initiative.

 

Temp. Capt. Hugh Maccallum, R.I.M. For Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty throughout the campaign. He has navigated his ship at high speed, night and day, in all weathers, with marked zeal and determination. He has at all times set a magnificent example of courage and initiative.

 

Temp. Surgeon William James McCracken, M.C., R.N. For conspicuous gallantry and resource during operations, when, after attending wounded in captured dug-outs, he pushed forward into a village which was being heavily shelled, compelled a captured enemy M.O. to show the best enemy R.A.P., and then kept him, with 12 enemy Red Cross men, busy all day bringing in and dressing over 150 of our wounded, who otherwise could not have been treated, and then sending them down. He also searched the front line under heavy fire for wounded.

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His Majesty The KING (is) pleased to award a Bar to the Military Cross to the undermentioned Officers:

 

Temp. Sub. Lieut, (actg. Lieut.-Comdr.) Daniel Marcus William Beak, M.C., R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry during operations, when he continually dashed forward, under heavy fire, to reorganize the men, and led them on with great bravery through the enemy barrage and machine-gun fire. (Military Cross gazetted 26th January, 1917.)

 

Temp. Sub-Lieut. Walter Kilroy Harris, M.C. R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry during operations. Owing to the enemy's wire being very thick the situation during an advance became critical, and heavy casualties were occurring in his company. With great bravery he kept cheering his men on, and when through the wire he organised bombing parties to protect the flanks. His conduct throughout was magnificent. (M.C. gazetted 26th January, 1917.)

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His Majesty the KING has been graciouslypleased to confer the Military Cross on the undermentioned Officers and Warrant Officers in recognition of their gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field:

 

Temp. Sub-Lt. Thomas Barrow-Dowling, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion. When, during an intense barrage, three of his guns and crews had been buried, he at once proceeded, under a heavy fire, to effect a rescue, and succeeded in recovering one gun and a few men, and later, on receiving reinforcements, he reorganised the situation and remained at his post until, in the last stage of exhaustion, he was relieved.

 

Temp. Sub-Lt. Winthrop James Crosland-Taylor, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion under heavy shell fire during several enemy counter-attacks. He not only tended the wounded in full view of snipers, but he led back Lewis gunners, who had been driven from their posts, and his courage and example greatly helped to save a critical situation.

 

Temp  Sub. Lt. Everard Nelson Gaskell Exton, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion in action. He led his section with great courage and skill, reaching the final line of attack with the infantry. Later he, with most of his crew, was buried by shell fire, but was rescued, and remained at his post for another 24 hours, although suffering from shock.

 

 Temp. Sub-Lt. Percy Russell Halton Fox. R.N.V.R. (now 2nd Lt., E. Kent R.). For conspicuous gallantry and determination in leading his men under very heavy fire. He carried out valuable reconnaissance work, and his coolness and personal example to all ranks with him greatly contributed to the success of the operations.

 

Temp. 2nd Lt. Ernest Allan Godfrey, R.Marines. For conspicuous gallantry and resource during operations, when he worked his guns with great skill and endurance for 60 hours without rest, and under a heavy enemy barrage, against a strong point which eventually surrendered.

 

Temp. Sub-Lt. Harold Grant-Dalton, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and resource. When all the officers of his company had become casualties he assumed the command, and by his bravery and personal example was able successfully to defend an exposed piece of the line. He has on previous occasions done fine work.

 

Temp. Sub-Lt. John Leigh Herring, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion when leading his men in an attack, and in reorganising them under heavy fire when disorganised by uncut wire. Later, he led bombing parties with great bravery and skill until finally wounded.

 

Capt. Edward John Huskisson, R.M.L.I. For conspicuous gallantry when reconnoitring, under a heavy shell fire, a position and organising guides prior to an assault. It was mainly owing to his coolness and courage that the battalion was successfully placed in alignment in the face of the greatest difficulties.

 

Temp. Sub.-Lt. Charles Leonard Jones, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry in action. The only means of communication between different sections of his company was exposed to heavy machine gun and rifle fire. Nevertheless, he continually went up and down the line encouraging and controlling the men. His bravery was most marked. 

 

Temp. Lt. James Gilmore Mackinlay, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and ability when surviving company commander during a heavy and at first partially successful enemy counter-attack. His bravery and skilful disposition not only re-established the position, but largely contributed to the repulse of the enemy with heavy loss.

 

Temp. Sub-Lt. Lawrence Charles Matcham, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion. He led his company with great bravery and skill, capturing several enemy positions, and later rendered invaluable assistance in organising their defence under a very heavy fire. 

 

Temp. Lt. Frederick John Matthews, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion in leading his company forward with ammunition under a heavy machine gun fire. He also attacked and captured a machine gun position, seizing the gun and taking about forty prisoners. 

 

Temp. 2nd Lt. George Arthur Newling, R.M. For conspicuous, gallantry in an attack, when he led his platoon with great courage and skill, and held the objective, when captured, against numerous counter-attacks.

 

Temp. Surg. James Ness McBean Ross, R.N. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion on many occasions in organising and leading stretcher-bearers in search for wounded and attending them under very heavy fire.

 

Temp. Sub-Lt. Francis Beacroft Smith, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry during an attack, when leading his men. Although shot three times, he continued, with great; dash and determination, to advance, bayonetting three of the enemy, refusing to retire until ordered to do so.  

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His Majesty The KING (is) pleased to approve of the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Noncommissioned Officers and Men, for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field:

 

L/Z 2333 Able Sea. H. F. Baldwin, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion. He worked for three days and nights without rest, carrying reports under heavy fire, voluntarily taking back ammunition and rations. His coolness and courage on all occasions were magnificent.

 

Deal/3251(S.) Marines. S./Sjt. D. Booth, R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion in evacuating wounded from a heavily shelled collecting post. His magnificent example greatly contributed to steady the men, who were suffering heavy casualties.

 

T.Z.4407 A./L. Sjt. (H.G.) W. Charlton, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion. He was the only man of a Lewis gun team who succeeded in crossing a heavily sniped space and gaming a selected position. He remained there, fully exposed, for five hours, only withdrawing after firing his last round. 

 

Ply. 66 (S.) Pte. G. Davies, R.M.L.I. For conspicuous gallantry. He advanced alone to an enemy strong point, demanded its surrender, and single-handed he brought in fifty prisoners. 

 

Mersey Z.373 Lead. Sea. W. Gilgrass, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Single-handed he captured a machine gun, which was causing heavy casualties, killing the gunners. He has on many previous occasions done fine work.

 

C./Z. 231 A/P.O. A. Ross, R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Although wounded in two places, he remained in action for forty-eight hours, assisting to capture a machine gun and forty prisoners. He set a fine example to all ranks. 

 

Ch. 18511 Pte. (L./Cpl.) T. Salt, R.M.L.I. For conspicuous gallantry in operations, when he crawled backwards and forwards for three hours through heavy H.E. barrages in order to signal the effect of the Stokes mortar fire. He was wounded. 

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His Majesty The KING (is) pleased to approve of the award of a Bar to the Military Medal to the undermentioned:    

Ply./48 (S) Pte. T. W. Elliott, R.M.L.I. (M.M. gazetted 17th April, 1917.)

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His Majesty The KING (is) pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the Field to the undermentioned Ladies, Non-commissioned Officers and Men:

T.Z/1617 C./P./O. J. Ainscough, R.N.V.R.

T.Z.4281 A./B. W. Barnfather, R.N.V.R.

C.Z.797 C.P. Off. A. J. Collins, R.N.V.R.

Ply. 1002 (S.) Pte. A. E. Crook, R.M.L.I.

TZ6238 A./B. C. Danskin, R.N.V.R.

Bristol Z531 L./S. (P./O.) S. C. Davies, R.N.V.R.

K.P./297 A./B. J. W. Jaggs, R.N.V.R.

BZ3420 A./B. H. S. Smith, R.N.D.

K.P.30 P./O. E. Tickner, R.N.V.R.           

C.H. 16180 Pte. (actg. Cpl.) W. H. Watts, R.M.L.I.

Ply./470 (S) Pte. A. Wormald, R.M.L.I.

 

 

30192 - 20 JULY 1917

 

Whitehall, July 18, 1917.

 

His Majesty The KING (is) pleased to grant the Imperial Service Medal to the following retired members of His Majesty's Civil Service as a recognition of long and meritorious service:

 

HOME CIVIL SERVICE.

(including)

Ackland, William Henry, Master (Yardcraft), Royal William Yard, Plymouth.

Couch, Thomas John, Shipwright, Portsmouth Dockyard.

Deacon, James, Shipwright, Portsmouth Dockyard.

Dove, John Allen, Shipwright, Chatham Dockyard.

Evans, Charles, Smith (Chargeman), Pembroke Dockyard.

Evans, David, Shipwright (Chargeman), Portsmouth Dockyard.

Fairbrass, Joseph, Skilled Labourer, Chatham Dockyard.

Gibson, John George, Inspector of Fitters, Devonport Dockyard.

Griffiths, Henry James, Messenger, Pembroke Dockyard.

Hall, Fen wick Lewins, Smith, Devonport Dockyard.

Harper, Henry, Skilled Labourer, Chatham Dockyard.

Horsham, Andrew, Skilled Labourer, Devonport Dockyard.

Horsham, William, Rigger, Chatham Dockyard.

James, William John Green, Shipwright, Portsmouth Dockyard.

Rees, Robert, Shipwright, Chatham Dockyard.

Ribbens, William Thomas, Fitter, Chatham Dockyard.

Robinson, James, Smith, Chatham Dockyard.

Saywell, Thomas Edward, Chargeman of Smiths, Chatham Dockyard.

Slaughter, George, Hammerman, Portsmouth Dockyard.

Streeting, James John, Boilermaker (Chargeman), Sheerness Dockyard.

Swan, Charles John, Smith, Chatham Dockyard.

Warder, Edwin James, Skilled Labourer, Portsmouth Dockyard.

Winter, Robert Charles, Shipwright, Chatham Dockyard.

 

 

30194 - 20 JULY 1917

 

NAVAL GALLANTRY AWARDS

 

Admiralty, 20th July, 1917.

 

Honours for Miscellaneous Services.

 

The KING (is) pleased to give orders for the appointment of the undermentioned Officers:

 

To be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order.

Capt. Charles Samuel Wills, R.N.

Capt. Colin Kenneth MacLean, R.N.

Cdr. John Stewart Gordon Fraser, R.N.

Cdr. Ion Hamilton Benn, M.P., R.N.V.R.

Lieut.-Cdr. Evan Bruce-Gardyne, R.N.

In recognition of their services in the bombardment of Zeebrugge on the 11th-12th May, 1917, and of Ostend on the 4th-5th June, 1917.

 

The KING (is) pleased to approve of the award of the Distinguished Service Cross to the undermentioned Officers:

 

Lieut, (now Lieut.-Cdr.) Edward Bernard Cornish Dicken, R.N.

 

Asst. Payr. (Act. Payr.) Victor Cecil Gould Eason, R.N. For services on the Staff of the Vice-Admiral commanding the Eastern Mediterranean Squadron, between June, 1916 and June, 1917.

 

Lieut. John Jenkins, R.N.R. For services in command of a seaplane-carrying vessel, on the East Indies and Egypt Station during the period 1st April, 1916-31st March, 1917.

 

Lieut. John Kerr, R.N.R. For services in command of a seaplane-carrying vessel on the East Indies and Egypt Station during the period 1st April, 1916-31st March, 1917.

 

Sub.-Lieut. (Act. Lieut.) Henry Beattie Bell-Irving, R.N.V.R. In recognition of his services in command of H.M. Drifter "I.F.S." in an engagement with five enemy seaplanes on the 11th June, 1917. Two of the enemy machines were brought down by gun-fire and destroyed.

 

The following awards have also been approved:

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Medal.

2nd Hnd. Walter William Cowell, R.N.R., O.N. 4513 D.A.

Sea. George Wilson, R.N.R., O.N. 7484 A.

C.P.O. Arthur Fagg, O.N. 186034 (Ch.).

Ldg. Teleg. William James Drayton, O.N. 238934 (Ch.).

P.O. Benjamin Percy Youngs, O.N. 194063 (Ch.).

Arm. Harold Mortimer Way, O.N. 342769 (Ch.).

C.P.O. John Henry Woolley, O.N. 156564 (Ch.).

E.R.A., 3rd Cl., Robert Cochran, O.N. M. 2229 (Ch.).

Ch. Motor Mech. Peter William Jacomel, R.N.V.R., O.N. M.B. 529.

Dkhnd. William Wigg, R.N.R., O.N. 2722 SD.

Ldg. Dkhnd. Donald Archibald McLean, R.N.R., O.N. 1645 SD.

Dkhnd. James Daniels, R.N.R., O.N. 3147 SD.

Ldg. Sea. William Billett, O.N. 182716 (Ch.).

Sea. Alma Dougherty, R.N.R., O.N. 2196 D.

A.B. William Henry Jordan, O.N. 234463 (Dev.).

Dkhnd. George Darwood, R.N.R., O.N. 2772 D.A.

Lce.-Corpl. William Brown, R.M.L.I., No. Ch./10933 (R.F.R., B. 1787).

 

The following Officers and men have been Mentioned in Dispatches:

Capt. Frank Larken, C.M.G., R.N.

Capt. Henry Edgar Grace, R.N.

Capt. Charles William Bruton, R.N.

Cdr. Francis Robert Wrottesley, R.N.

Cdr. Cloudesley Varyl Robinson, R.N.

Cdr. Hugh Turnour England, R.N.

Cdr. Wellwood George Courtenay Maxwell, R.N.

Lieut.-Cdr. (Act. Cdr.) Michael Barne, R.N.

Lieut.-Cdr. Percival Scott Rickcord, R.N.

Lieut.-Cdr. Edward Sidney Graham, R.N.

Lieut.-Cdr. Donald Priaulx MacGregor, R.N

Eng. Lieut. (Act. Eng. Lieut.-Cdr.) Robert Graham Knox, R.N.

Lieut. Frank George Fowle, D.S.C., R.N.

Lieut. Arthur Ronald Farquhar, R.N.

Lieut. Arthur Percy Melsom, R.N.R.

Lieut.-Cdr. John Linton Myres, R.N.V.R.

Lieut. William Wordie Watson, R.N.V.R.

Lieut. Dawburn Young, R.N.V.R.

Lieut. John Cuthbert Lawson, R.N.V.R.

Sub.-Lieut. John Alexander Lorimer, R.N.V.R.

Gnr. Horace Percy Hamlyn, R.N.

Bosn. Harry Ham, R.N.

Art. Eng. Ernest Miller Fittock, R.N.

C.P.O. Mech., 3rd gr., Arthur Harris, O.N. J.3256 (Po.).

Ch. Writer Percy Richard Ridley, O.N. 343406 (Ch.).

Ch. E.R.A., 2nd Cl., Roy Hare Smith, O.N. 272175 (Ch.) (now Act. Art. Eng.).

Ch. Sto. Richard Goodhew, O.N. 282350 (Ch.)

Pte. William Fletcher Wood, R.M.L.I., No. Ch. 19640.

Bugler Valentine James Haines, R.M.L.I., No. Ch. 19757.

Act. Ch. Sto. George Hyde, O.N. 295285 (Ch.).

Ch. Arm. John Wyness, O.N. 341911 (Ch.).

A.B. John Hazlett Upham Hume, O.N. J16805 (Ch.).

Sig. Walter Charles Nightingale, O.N. J22609 (Po.).

P.O., 1st C1., Ernest Thomas Mainprize, O.N. 184923 (Ch.).

Act. E.R.A., 4th Cl., Horace Archer Drew, O.N. M12158 (Ch.).

Ch. Motor Mech. William Frank Penny, R.N.V.R., O.N. M.B.737.

Dkhnd. Donald Macleod, R.N.R., O.N. 3070 SD.

Sea. John Bairnson, R.N.R., O.N. 506 L.

Dkhnd. George Turner, R.N.R., O.N. 621SD,

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Honours for Services in Action with Enemy Submarines.

 

The KING (is) pleased to approve of the award of the following honours, decorations and medals to Officers and men for services in action with enemy submarines:

 

To receive the Victoria Cross.

Lieut. Ronald Neil Stuart, D.S.O., R.N.R.

Sea. William Williams, R.N.R., O.N. 6224A.

Lieutenant Stuart and Seaman Williams were selected by the officers and ship's company respectively of one of H.M. Ships to receive the Victoria Cross under Rule 13 of the Royal Warrant dated the 29th January, 1856.

 

To be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order.

Lieut.-Cdr. Leopold Arthur Bernays, C.M.G., R.N.

Lieut.-Cdr. Reginald Vesey Holt, R.N.

Lieut.-Cdr. Graham Francis Winstanley Wilson, R.N.

Lieut. Richard James Turnbull, D.S.C., R.N.R.

Lieut. George Irvine, R.N.R.

Act. Lieut. Francis Robert Hereford, D.S.C., R.N.R.

 

To receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order.

Capt. Gordon Campbell, V.C., D.S.O., R.N.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Cross.

Flt. Lieut. John Edward Alfred Hoare, R.N.A.S.

Lieut. Peter Shaw, R.N.R.

Lieut. Charles William Walters, R.N.R.

Lieut. Herbert Lionel Upton, R.N.R.

Lieut. Peter Nicholson, R.N.R.

Lieut. Charles George Bonner, R.N.R.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. William Louis Anderson, R.N.A.S.

Sub-Lieut. Keith Morris, R.N.R.

Skipper John Kime, R.N.R., 670 WSA.

Skipper George Hubert Cecil Gray, R.N.R., 1558 WSA.

Skipper Harry Gower, R.N.R., 1845 WSA.

Skipper John Watson, R.N.R., 920 SA.

 

To receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Cross.

Lieut. William Geoffrey Messenger, D.S.C., R.N.R.

Act. Lieut. Richard Percy Nisbet, D.S.C., R.N.R.

Asst. Payr. Reginald Arthur Nunn, D.S.C. R.N.R.

 

To receive the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal:

C.P.O. Mech., 2nd Gr., John Frederick Tadman, O.N. 271984 (Ch.). For conspicuous gallantry in climbing out on the wing of an aeroplane to plug a leak in the radiator. He remained in this position for a period of twenty minutes, thus enabling the aeroplane to return safely to her base.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Medal:

A.B. Holley Bower, O.N. 223250 (Po.).

Sea. Henry Hurst, R.N.R., O.N. 4290 A.

2nd Hnd. Frederick James Mobbs, R.N.R., O.N., 2198 SA.

Sea. Stephen Slade, R.N.R., O.N. 1597

C.P.O. William Edwin Swanson, O.N., J. 1599 (Dev.).

Ldg. Sea. William Charles Frederick Milton, O.N. 233535 (Dev.).

Sto., 1st Cl., Charles Francis Withecombe, O.N. K. 17330 (Dev.).

Dkhnd. Charles Duckenfield, R.N.R., O.N. 4074 DA.

Ord. Teleg. Cecil Harmer Barnard, R.N.V.R., O.N. (Tyne) Z7619.

Trmr. Harry Pearson, R.N.R., O.N. 3000 ST.

P. O. William James Collins, O.N. 221365 (Po.).

A.B. Esau William Wills, O.N. J. 173 (Po.).

C.P.O. William Henry Walter, O.N. 180135 (Dev.).

P.O., 1st Cl., Archibald Hawkey, O.N. 221569 (Dev.).

A.B. George Henry Herbert Peacey, O.N. 206507 (R.F.R. Dev./B4454).

Sea. Joseph O'Connell, R.N.R., O.N. 4409A.

Air Mech., 2nd Gr., Douglas Roy Chapman, O.N., F.13487.

2nd Hnd. Alexander Wood Robertson, R.N.R., O.N. 2427 SA.

Sea. George Bremner, R.N.R., O.N. 4735 A.

Sea. Frederick William Screech, R.N.R., O.N. 2989 A.

Sea. James Thomson, R.N.R., O.N. 6029A

Sig. Charles William Hurell, R.N.V.R., O.N. London/Z.2181.

P.O. Ernest Pitcher, O.N. 227029 (Po.).

Sto. George Rees, R.N.R., O.N. 1536U.

Sea. John Stephen Martindale, R.N.R., O.N. 8556A.

Ldg. Sto. William Havelock King, R.N.R., O.N. 3026S.

Ldg. Sea. Ernest Alfred Veale, O.N. 181452 (R.F.R. Dev./B2119).

S.S.A. Alfred Francis Joseph Couch, O.N. M.1998 (Dev.).

 

To receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Medal.

Dkhnd. Leonard Findlay, R.N.R., O.N. 4842 DA.

 

The following Officers and men have been mentioned in Despatches:

Cdr. Francis Alexander Waddilove Buller, D.S.O., R.N.

Cdr. Godfrey Herbert, D.S.O., R.N.

Lieut.-Cdr. Thomas Gilbert Carter, R.N.

Lieut. Edgar William Buchanan, R.N.

Lieut. Frederick Edward Raw, R.N.

Lieut. Ian Honnor Morton, R.N.

Sqdrn.-Cdr. Ralph James Jean Hope-Vere, R.N.A.S.

Lieut. Algernon Frederick Sellers, R.N.R.

Lieut. Adam Yule Catto, R.N.R.

Engr.-Lieut. Leonard Samuel Loveless, D.S.O., D.S.C., R.N.R.

Engr. Sub-Lieut. James William Grant, D.S.C., R.N.R.

Engr. Sub.-Lieut. John Smith, D.S.C., R.N.R.

Skipper Frederick Robert Baker, R.N.R., 1210 WSA.

Warrt. Teleg. Allan Andrews, R.N.R.

Engmn. William Clifford James, R.N.R., O.N. 3765 E.S.

Dkhnd. Arthur Barber, R.N.R., O.N. 8163 D.A. Act.

Ch.E.R.A., 2nd Cl., James George Jeram, O.N. 270519 (Po.)

A.B. Wilfred Stephen Balls, O.N. 213815 (Po.).

Sto.P.O. Frederick Drown, O.N. 227844 (Dev.).

Dkhnd. Joseph Page, R.N.R., O.N. 7590 D.A.

Dkhnd. Robert Peterson, R.N.R., O.N. 2703, S.D.

Dkhnd. William Gregg, R.N.R., O.N. 10371 D.A.

C.P.O. William John Adams, O.N. 189087 (Dev.).

C.P.O. George Henry Truscott, O.N. 140440 (R.F.R. Dev./A.3140).

W.T. Op., 1st Cl., William Statham, R.N.R., O.N. 34 W.T.S.

Ldg. Sea. Edward Cooper, O.N. J 7225 (Dev.).

Sea. Robert Pitt, R.N.R. O.N. 3250B.

Sea. John Keane, R.N.R., O.N. 5370B.

Sto. P.O. Illtyd Davies, O.N. 229843 (Dev.).

Ch. Std. Alfred C. Townshend (Mercantile Rating).

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Honours for the Royal Naval Air Service.

 

The KING (is) pleased to give orders for the following appointments to the Distinguished Service Order:

 

Wing Capt. Edward Maitland Maitland, R.N.A.S. In recognition of valuable and gallant work in connection with airships and parachutes. He has carried out experiments at his own personal risk, and has made some descents under enemy fire.

 

Sqdrn. Cdr. Charles Henry Butler, D.S.C., R.N.A.S. In recognition of his gallantry on the 5th June, 1917, when he fought single-handed two engagements with a number of powerful hostile machines. He attacked six hostile aeroplanes together over the Thames Estuary, and later attacked two off Ostend. On each occasion the machine selected for attack was compelled to dive.

 

Flt. Lieut. Basil Deacon Hobbs, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.

 

The KING (is) pleased to approve of the award of the Distinguished Service Cross to the undermentioned Officers:

 

Flt. Cdr. John Callaghan Brooke, R.N.A.S. In recognition of his services in the East Indies and Egypt Seaplane Squadron during the period 1st April 1916-31st March 1917. During this time he took part in several valuable reconnaissances and bombing flights, obtaining important information, and doing considerable damage to enemy organisations.

 

Flt. Cdr. Thomas Francis Netterville Gerrard, R.N.A.S. In recognition of his services during an air fight on the 4th June, 1917. This officer led his flight against 15-20 hostile aeroplanes, and alone had ten engagements with these machines. He attacked one, and fired sixty rounds into its cockpit at point-blank range, the enemy machine rolling over and over for 3,000 feet, and then falling vertically out of control. He then attacked another enemy machine which had dived on to one of our machines from behind, and with the help of a Scout he shot it down, the enemy being seen to crash to the ground. Another hostile scout was then attacked by pilot, end-on, and received a long burst at very close range, the enemy going down in a spin, but apparently righting himself lower down. During this last encounter Flt. Cdr. Gerrard's machine was riddled with bullets, but, by fine piloting, he landed safely, although all but his lateral controls were shot away and his machine damaged to such an extent as to require return to Depot for complete rebuilding. This officer has now destroyed at least seven hostile aircraft. He was on active service in France and Belgium from April to September, 1916, and during that period performed much valuable work.

 

Flt. Cdr. Reginald Frederick Stuart Leslie, R.N.A.S. In recognition of his gallantry in pursuing hostile raiding aeroplanes out to sea in a land machine on the 25th May, 1917. He attacked one hostile aeroplane, and caused it to descend in a steep nose dive, emitting smoke and steam. He was unable to observe its fate, as he was himself immediately attacked from behind by two other hostile machines and temporarily lost control. When he regained control, the machine which he had first attacked had disappeared, and two others were proceeding eastwards at a considerable height above him. He then returned safely to his aerodrome.

 

Flt. Lieut. Guy Duncan Smith, R.N.A.S. In recognition of his services in the East Indies and Egypt Seaplane Squadron during the period 1st April, 1916-31st March, 1917. During this time he took part in several valuable reconnaissances and bombing flights, obtaining important information and doing considerable damage to enemy organisations.

 

Flt.-Lieut. Raymond Collishaw, R.N.A.S. In recognition of his services on various occasions, especially the following: On June 1st, 1917, this officer shot down an Albatross Scout in flames. On 3rd June, 1917, he shot down an Albatross Scout in flames. On 5th June, 1917, he shot down a two-seater Albatross in flames. On the 6th June, 1917, he shot down two Albatross scouts in flames and killed the pilot in a third. He has displayed great gallantry and skill in all his combats.

 

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Norman Richard Cook, R.N.A.S. For his services in an air-raid on Zeebrugge Mole and hostile shipping, on the 27th of May, 1917.

 

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Robert Frederick Lea Dickey, R.N.A.S.

 

Warrt. Offr. (2nd Gr.) Frank Henry Whitmore, R.N.A.S. In recognition of his services in the East Indies and Egypt Seaplane Squadron during the period 1st April, 1916, to 31st March, 1917.

 

The following awards have also been approved:

 

To Receive the Distinguished Service Medal

C.P.O. Mech., 3rd Gr., Frederick Cusden, O.N.F.5011 (Po.).

Air Mech., 2nd Cl., Henry Martineau Davis, O.N.F.20254.

Air Mech., 1st Cl., Arthur William Goody O.N.F.12237.

 

The following Officers and men have been mentioned in despatches:

Flt. Lieut. Edward James Pointer Burling, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. Humphrey de Verd Leigh, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. Frederick Middleton Fox, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. Henry Vernon Worrall, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. Thomas Gordon Mair Stephens, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. John Edward Scott, R.N.A.S.

Flt Sub-Lieut. Rowan Heywood Daly, R.N.A.S.

Lieut. William Charles Abbott Meade, R.N.V.R.

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Honours to the Mercantile Marine.

 

The KING (is) pleased to approve the award of decorations and medals to the undermentioned Officers and men of the British Mercantile Marine, in recognition of zeal and devotion to duty shown in carrying on the trade of the country during, the war:

 

To Receive the Distinguished Service Cross.

Capt. Arthur Matravers King.

Capt. Ernest Stanley Hutchinson.

Capt. John McClelland.

Capt. John Prideaux.

Ch. Engr. Robert Bay.

 

To Receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Cross.

Capt. David Philip McDonald.

 

To Receive the Distinguished Service Medal.

A.B. George Wilson.

Sea. Simon Patience.

Ldg. Sea. Thomas O'FarrelL

 

The KING has further been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the undermentioned Officers in the London Gazette as having received an expression of Commendation for their services:

 

To be Commended for Good Service.

Capt. Edwin Ellis.

Capt. Alexander Drysdale Falconer.

Capt. Donald McNicol.

Capt. William Matthews Chirgwin.

Capt. James Griffiths.

Capt. Frederick George William Randall.

Ch. Offr. Percy St. Andrew Robertson.

3rd Offr. James Mackie.

Pilot Reginald Victor Palmer.

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Foreign Decorations

 

The following Decorations have been conferred by the Allied Powers on Officers of the British Naval Forces for distinguished services rendered during the war:

 

The President of the FRENCH REPUBLIC.

 

Legion of Honour.

 

Officer.

Capt. Edward R. G. R. Evans, C.B., R.N.

Payr.-in-Ch. Hamnet H. Share, C.B., R.N.

 

Croix de Guerre.

Lieut.-Cdr. James S. Parker, R.N.

Flt. Cdr. John D. Newberry, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Cdr. Frank Fowler, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.

Flt. Cdr. Charles C. R. Edwards, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.

Flt. Cdr. Charles D'. Booker, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.

Flt. Cdr. Alexander M. Shook, R.N.A.S.

Act. Flt. Cdr. Henry G. Holden, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. George G. MacLennan, R.N.A.S.

Obs. Lieut. Eric B. C. Betts, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. Robert A. Little, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. John E. Sharman, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.

Lieut. Hector A. Furniss, R.N.V.R.

Lieut. Russell W. Gow, D.S.C., R.N.V.R.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. James A. Glen, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Walter E. Flett, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.

Obs. Sub-Lieut. Charles K. Chase, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.

 

The RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT.

 

Order of St. Vladimir.

 

4th Class (with Swords).

Lieut. Charles M. S. Chapman, D.S.C., R.N.

 

Order of St. Stanislas.

 

2nd Class (with Swords).

 Eng. Lieut. Cecil Simpson, R.N.

 

His Majesty The King of SERBIA.

 

Order of the White Eagle.

 

4th Class (with Swords).

Capt. Sydney R. Olivier, R.N.

Cdr. William F. Sells, C.M.G., R.N.

 

5th Class (with Swords).

Lieut. William G. Knight, R.N.R.

Capt. Edward M. C. Mackenzie, R.M.

 

His Majesty The King of ITALY.

 

Order of the Crown of Italy.

 

Officer.

Wing Cdr. Ivon T. Courtney, R.N.A.S. (Capt. and temp. Lt.-Col., R.M.L.I.).

 

His Majesty The King of BELGIUM.

 

Order of Leopold.

 

Officier.

Capt. Charles L. Lambe, D.S.O., R.N.

 

Chevalier.

Wing Cdr. Spencer D. A. Grey, D.S.O., R.N.

Sqrdn. Cdr. Edward T. Newton-Clare, D.S.O., R.N.A.S.

 

His Highness The Sultan of EGYPT.

 

Order of the Nile.

 

3rd Class.

Lieut.-Cdr. David G. Hogarth, R.N.V.R.

 

4th Class.

Major F. H. Smith, R.M.

Lieut. Philip L. Neville, R.N.

 

 

30196 - 20 JULY 1917

 

SALONIKA CAMPAIGN - NAVAL MENTIONS

ARMY DESPATCH dated 29 March 1917

 

War Office, 21st July, 1917.

 

The Secretary of State for War has received the following despatch from Lieutenant-General G. P. Milne, C.B., D.S.O., Commanding in Chief, British Salonika Force:

 

General Headquarters, Salonika. 29th March, 1917.

 

My Lord: 

I have the honour herewith to submit a list of the names of the Officers, Warrant Officers, Non-commissioned Officers, Men, and Nursing Staff whose services I wish to bring to notice for distinguished service rendered during the past six months in this theatre of operations.

 

I have the honour to be, My Lord, Your Lordship's most obedient Servant,

G. F. MILNE, Lieutenant-General Commanding in Chief, British Salonika Force.

 

Royal Navy.

 

Adam, Commodore H. A.

Staveley, Capt. C. M., C.M.G.

Olivier, Comdr. (actg. Capt.) S. R.

Brown, Capt. F. C.

Ewart, Engineer-Comdr. A. E.

Broome, Comdr. Viscount T. C.

Chance, Comdr. G. H. de P., D.S.O.

Macgregor, Lt. D. P.

Saunders, O.N. 161443 Chief Armourer C. H.

Webb, O.N. 150817 Chief Petty Officer F. .T.

 

Royal Naval Air Service.

 

Smyth-Pigott, Lt. (actg. Squad. Comdr.) J. R. W., D.S.O.

 

Royal Naval Reserve.

 

Eynon, Lt. W. J.

 

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.

 

Eve, Lt. T. L. B.

 

Royal Marine Light Infantry.

 

Seath, Capt. (temp. Maj.) G. H., D.S.O.

 

(followed by Army lists)

 

 

 

30216 - 3 AUGUST 1917

 

Notice of Intended Distribution of Naval Salvage Money.

 

Salvage of s.s. "Fridland" by H.M. Ships "Clacton Belle" and "Lady Moyra," Hopper 12 "Outpost," Hopper 15 "Watcher," and Tug " Sun II.," 2nd May, 1916.

 

Salvage of s.s. "Locksley" by Tugs "Neptor," "Alliance," H.M. Trawler "Mikasa" and Working Parties, 26th-28th July, 1916.

 

Salvage of s.s. "George Pyman" by H.M.Y. "Maid of Honour," 6th August, 1916.

 

Salvage of schooner "Janie" by H.M. Trawler "Lord Allendale," 17th February, 1917.

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Admiralty, 1st August, 1917.

 

The KING (is) pleased to confer the R.N.R. Officers' decoration upon the undermentioned Officers:

Cdr. Francis W. Bate.

Act. Cdr. Charles P. Cooper.

Act. Cdr. Samuel B. Graves.

Lieut.-Cdr. Reginald Moorhouse.

Lieut. Leonard R. Gardiner.

Eng. Lieut. William H. Tomkins.

 

 

30224 - 10 AUGUST 1917

 

Naval Prize Bounty Money.

 

…. intended Distribution of the Prize Bounty awarded for the Battle of Heligoland Bight on 28th August, 1914, the following ships being entitled to share in the Award: His Majesty's ships- "Lion," "Invincible," "Princess Royal," "Queen Mary," "New Zealand," "Southampton," "Birmingham," "Nottingham,'' ''Lowestoft," "Falmouth,'' ''Liverpool,'' ''Arethuea," "Euryalus," "Bacchante,'' "Cressy," "Hogue," "Aboukir," "Amethyst," "Lurcher," "Firedrake," "Phoenix," "Lance," "Jackal," "Defender," "Landrail," "Lawford," "Lizard," "Badger," "Linnet," "Fearless," "Lucifer," "Lark," "Lydiard," "Lysander," "Legion," "Laurel," "Lookout," "Liberty," "Llewellyn," "Lennox," "Laforey," "Hind," "Beaver," "Lapwing," "Druid,", "Forester," "Sandfly," "Ferret," "Ariel," "Attack," "Acheron," "Archer," "Goshawk," "Louis," "Laertes," "Leonidas," and the Submarine vessels D.2, D.8, E.4, E.5, E.6, E.7, E.8, and E.9

 

 

 

30227 - 10 AUGUST 1917

 

NAVAL GALLANTRY AWARDS

 

Honours for Miscellaneous Services.

 

Chancery of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George,

 

The KING (is) pleased to give orders for the following appointments to the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, in recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with the War:

 

To be Additional Members of the Third Class, or Companions, of the said Most Distinguished Order:

 

Lieut.-Cdr. (Act. Cdr.) Oliver Locker-Lampson, R.N.V.R., M.P. In recognition of his services in command of a Naval Armoured Car Squadron throughout the war. Cdr. Locker-Lampson raised this force at the beginning of the war, and has commanded it throughout its operations in Belgium, Persia, Armenia, the Dobrudja, and Roumania with great zeal and gallantry, and has taken part personally in most of the fighting.

 

Capt. Bertram Fox Hayes, R.D., R.N.R.

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Admiralty, 11th August, 1917.

 

The KING (is) pleased to give orders for the appointment of the undermentioned Officers:

 

To be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order.

 

Lieut.-Cdr. Henry George Hamilton Tandy, R.N. In recognition of the promptitude, courage and resource which he displayed when one of H.M. ships was torpedoed. Lieut.-Cdr. Tandy was in his bunk at the time of the explosion, but by the prompt and resourceful steps which he took on arriving on deck, succeeded in bringing his ship safely into harbour.

 

Staff Surg. Gilbert Bodley Scott, R.N. In recognition of his services with a Naval Armoured Car Squadron in France, Russia, Turkey and Roumania. On active service he has shown a devotion to duty and a forgetfulness of self which cannot be too highly praised.

 

Lieut. William King, R.N.V.R.

Lieut. Oswald Szulezewski, R.N.V.R.

For gallant and devoted services with Inland Water Transport throughout the operations in Mesopotamia. They have navigated their ships at high speed, night and day, in all weathers with marked zeal and determination, and have often been under fire.

 

Lieut Walter Dorling Smiles, R.N.V.R. In recognition of his services with a Naval Armoured Car Squadron in France, Belgium, Persia and Roumania. He was wounded on the 28th November, 1916, in the Dobrudja. On coming out of hospital he volunteered to lead a flying squadron for special duty round Braila, and his gallantry on this occasion was the chief factor of success. On one occasion, when in action with a light armoured car, he got out twice to start it up under heavy fire. Being struck by a bullet he rolled into a ditch and remained there all day under fire, having sent back a message to the Russian Colonel in command asking him to allow none of his soldiers in any circumstances to risk their lives to save his car. He did not escape until night.

 

To receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order.

Cdr. Alexander Riall Wadham Woods, D.S.O., R.N. In recognition of his services in command of the landing party at the capture of Salif on the 12th June, 1917. The place was attacked at dawn and captured after a three hours' resistance at the cost of only two casualties to the attacking force. This was largely due to the skilful manner in which Cdr. Woods conducted the advance.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Cross.

 

Lieut. William Edward Senior, R.N.R. In recognition of his services in mine sweeping operations between the 1st July 1916, and the 31st March, 1917.

 

Sub-Lieut. Alistair Gordon Cameron, R.N.R. For his services in oversea submarines in enemy waters during 1915-16.

 

Lieut; Wright Charles Walter Ingle, R.N.V.R For services with a Naval Armoured Car Squadron in France, Belgium. Turkey and Roumania. On the 2nd December, 1916. he showed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when his car was bogged and bis leer was shattered by a bullet whilst he was for the second time starting up the engine. He took refuge in a shell hole and crawled back to the Russian trenches on his back during the night, taking twelve hours to accomplish the distance.

 

Lieut. Edwin Follett. R.N.V.R.

Lieut,. Edward Corfrae Ruft D'Eye. R.N.V R.

Sub-Lieut, (now Lieut.) Robert Cowley R.N.V.R.

Sub-Lieut. Stanley Webber. R.N.V.R.

Engr. (now Eng. Lieut.-Cdr.) George Harold Hindman, R.I.M.

Lieut. Henry Philip Hughes-Hallett, R.I.M

Lieut. Albane Rabere Castleton Poyntz. R.I.M.

Lieut. Cecil Gwydyr Hallett, R.I.M.

Lieut. Harold Townshend Boulthee. R I.M.

Lieut. Charles Jacomb Nicoll, R.I.M.

Lieut. Isaac John Duncart, R.I.M.

Lieut. Thomas Joseph Farrell, R.I.M (now Capt., R.E.).

Lieut. Joseph Noel Metcalfe, R.I.M. (now Capt., R.E.).

Sub-Lieut. Arcel Price Llewellyn, R I.M.

In recognition of zeal, devotion to duty and gallantry whilst serving in River Steamers for long periods during the operations in Mesopotamia.

 

Capt. Samuel Davison, Mercantile Marine. For the conspicuous zeal and gallantry which he displayed on discovering an enemy mine. Capt. Davison took steps to warn shipping of the possible presence of a minefield, and towed the mine for several miles out of the route of traffic. He then remained secured to the moorings of the mine until one of H.M. ships arrived on the scene, when he actively assisted in the recovery of the mine.

 

To receive the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.

 

Serjt. James Francis McLoughlin, R.M.L.I., Po. 8873. For conspicuous gallantry at the capture of Salif on the 12 June, 1917. Just before the surrender he came across 11 unwounded and one wounded Turkish soldiers. Followed by one petty officer, Serjt. McLoughlin jumped among them, shot one, and made seven surrender.

 

A.B. Francis George Noble, O.N. 205234 (Po.). For conspicuous gallantry at the capture of Salif on the 12 June, 1917. When a private of Marines was fatally wounded, and was lying in an exposed position, Noble went out from cover and brought him in. His behaviour throughout was most praiseworthy.

 

Pte. Henry George Bartlett, R.M.L.I., Po. 15558. For conspicuous gallantry at the capture of Salif on the 12 June, 1917. Single-handed he entered a hut occupied by two unwounded and one wounded Turks and three Arabs and took them prisoner.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Medal.

P.O. Mech. (E) Arthur John Classey, O.N. F2004.

Ch. P.O. Mech., 3rd Gr., John McFarland, O.N. F2863 (since killed).

P.O. Mech. (E) Alexander Graham, O.N. F2855.

P.O. Mech. John William Pincott, O.N. F10061.

P.O. Mech. Kenneth Max Vaughan, O.N. F1467.

Ch. Sto. Lewis Richard Wilton, O.N. 144759 (R.F.R.Dev./A2740).

Sto. Matthew Barr, R.N.R., O.N. 4386S.

Ldg. Sea. Jesse Thompson, O.N. 229091 (Po.).

Trmr. John Dryburgh Phillips, R.N.R., O.N. 478 ST.

Secunnie Shaikh Baba Sydoo.

Ldg. Teleg. Frederick John Leonard Gough, O.N. J17063 (Po.).

Ord. Teleg. Arthur Albert Collick, O.N. J33874 (Ch.).

Ldg. Mech. (D) Henry Simpson, O.N. F2647.

Jnr. Res. Attdt. Stanley Rothwell, R.N.A.S.B.R., O.N. M15814 (Po.).

Cook's Mate Thomas Yates, O.N. M3996 (Po.).

C.E.R.A. Reginald John Beardshaw, R.N.R. O.N. 1100E.A.

Ch. Arm. Charles Bish, Q.N. 342316 (Ch.).

Ch. Sto. George Alfred Brooks, O.N. 277963 (Ch.).

C.P.O. Albert Ernest Burrows, O.N. 169893 (Ch.).

C.P.O. Charles William Burton, O.N. 164812 (Ch.).

C.P.O. Robert George Carson, O.N. 188419 (Po.).

Ch. Sto. William Henry Durrant, O.N. 277988 (Ch.).

C.E.R.A., 2nd Cl., Walter William Ford, O.N. 268752 (Dev.).

Ch. Elect. Art., 2nd Cl., Henry Cripps Foster, O.N. 347251 (Ch.).

Ldg. Sig. Henry Walter Garrett, O.N. 222787 (Ch.).

Yeo. Sigs. William James Griffin, O.N. 206400 (Po.).

Ch. Sto. Michael Hayes, O.N. 278910 (Dev.).

E.R.A., 3rd Cl., Albert Jeffes, O.N. M4935 (Ch.).

2nd Writer Sidney John Light, O.N. M5399 (Po.).

P.O. William George Mantell, O.N. 224261 (Ch.).

Sto. P.O. William Nuttall Morton, O.N. K6634 (Ch.).

A.B. Henry David Page, O.N. 186375 (Ch.).

Sto. P.O. William Palmer, O.N. 176615 (Ch.).

Sto. P.O. Bertie Pestell, O.N. K646 Ch.).

Sto., 1st Cl., William George Richardson, O.N. 312450 (Ch.).

C.P.O. Edward Ernest Sandell, O.N. 154995 (Ch.).

Ch. Sto. Walter Joseph Shoesmith, O.N. 280790 (Ch.).

Ch. Arm. William Arthur Sumpter, O.N. 344162 (Dev.).

P.O., 1st Cl., Albert Teed, O.N. 132954 (R.F.R., Dev./A.2660).

C.E.R.A., 2nd Cl, George Lewis Trill, O.N. 271435 (Ch.).

Ch. Sto. Richard Vercoe, O.N. 141044 (R.F.R., Dev./A.2485).

Yeo. Sigs. Charles Herbert Vincent, O.N. 190964 (Ch.).

P.O. William Israel White, O.N. 208757 (Ch.).

C.P.O. Richard Williams, O.N. 173093 (Dev.).

E.R.A., 1st Cl., John Kenyon Wright, O.N. 268588 (Ch.).

 

The following Officers and Men have been mentioned in Dispatches:

Capt. William Henry Dudley Boyle, R.N.

Cdr. James Sacheverell Constable Salmond, R.N.

Lieut.-Cdr. (actg. Cdr.) Reginald Gregory, R.N.

Lieut.-Cdr. William Wells-Hood, R.N.V.R.

Lieut.-Cdr. William Alfred Dye, R.N.V.R.

Lieut. Norman D. Holbrook, V.C., R.N.

Lce.-Corp. Edgar Finch, R. M.L.I., No. Ch./11482 (R.F.R., B.1791).

P.O. Mech. (E) James Hassan, O.N. F2743.

P.O. Mech. (E) Herbert George Whiting, O.N. F3808.

P.O. Mech. Harold Leslie Watson, O.N. F10160.

P.O. Mech. Alexander Ross Mclvor, O.N. F10035.

P.O. Mech. Frederick William Fear, D.N. F3051.

P.O. Mech. David Livingstone Bryars, O.N. F3045.

P.O. Mech. John Joseph Harris, O.N. F9908.

P.O. Mech. (E) Percival William Husk, O.N. F3030.

P.O. Mech. (E) William Henry Salisbury, O.N. F1733.

P.O. Mech. Charles Bolton, O.N. F9559.

Ch. Sto. Alfred Gibbs, O.N. 144783 (R.F.R. Po./A2771).

Ch. Sto. Augustus Alexander Holt, O.N. 160504 (Ch.).

Sto. William John Evans, R.N.R., O.N. 6817S.

Sto. William John Smith, R.N.R., O.N. 2902S.

Ldg. Sea. William Henry Carrol, O.N. 156667 (R.F.R. Dev./B1716).

Ldg. Sea. Henry Phillips, O.N. 203758 (R.F.R. Dev./B4993).

Trmr. Charles Porter, R.N.R., O.N. 746ST.

Yeo. Sigs. Frank Harold Aldenton, O.N. 230198 (Ch.).

Ch. Sto. Charles William Arnold, O.N. 282802 (Ch.).

P.O. Richard Charles Carr, O.N. 136307 (R.F.R. Po./A.3610).

Ldg. Sea. Percy Chubb, O.N. 199130 (R.F.R. Dev./B4542).

Ch. Sto. Edmond Coghlan, O.N. 169816 (Dev.).

Sea. John Coghlan, R.N.R., O.N. 2907C.

Ship's Std. Walter Herbert Coles, O.N. 344217 (Ch.).

A.B. Robert Croft, O.N. 193184 (R.F.R., Ch./B. 3557).

Ldg. Sea. Robert Frederick Popham Darby, O.N. 216788 (Ch.).

Yeo. Sigs. William George Daymon, O.N. 227899 (Dev.).

C.P.O. Daniel Dempsey, O.N. 154177 (Dev.)

Sto. P.O. Thomas Dorney, O.N. 302375 (Dev.).

Sto. P.O. Andrew James Foale, O.N. 218275 (Dev.).

Sig. Charles William Goodrum, R.N.V.R., Bristol Z/5203 (killed in action).

Ship's Corpl. Edgar John Highams, O.N. 180760 (Ch.).

Ldg. Sea. Stanley Hume, O.N. 235061 (Ch.).

Ch. Sto. Herbert Irven, O.N. 303877 (Ch.).

C.P.O. Samuel George Lambert, O.N. 187454 (Ch.).

Arm. Fred Levick, O.N. 340464 (Ch.).

P.O. Frederick McDonald, O.N. 204921 (R.F.R. Ch./B10143).

A.B. Sidney Parsons, O.N. 204615 (R.F.R. Dev./B4322).

C.E.R.A., 1st Cl., Edward Thompson Pyne, O.N. 268842 (Po.).

E.R.A., 3rd Cl., George Maynard Salter, O.N. M8415 (Dev.).

A.B. Sidney Shea, O.N. 225954 (Ch.).

P.O. Arthur Richard Lionel Skinner, O.N. 222066 (Ch.).

P.O. Charles Richard Smith, O.N. 190479 (Ch.).

1st Writer Albert William Stone, O.N. 346080 (Po.).

C.P.O. Robert Lethbridge Stone, O.N. 155140 (Dev.).

C.E.R.A. Robert Templeton, R.N.R., O.N. 1504 E.A.

Sergeant George Robert Vale, R.M.L.I., No. Ch./14304.

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Honours for Services in Action with Enemy Submarines.

 

The KING (is) pleased to approve of the award of the following honours, decorations and medals to Officers and Men for services in action with enemy submarines:

 

To be a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.

Lieut. John Lawrie, D.S.C., R.N.R.

 

To Receive the Distinguished Service Cross.

Flt. Lieut. Warren Rawson Mackenzie, R.N.A.S.

Lieut. Reginald Charles Butler, R.N.R.

Lieut. Henry Johnson, R.N.R.

Lieut. John Pollok, R.N.R.

Lieut. George Leslie, R.N.R.

Lieut. John Kerr, R.N.R.

Lieut. Thomas Hughes, R.N.R.

Engr. Lieut. James Burns, R.N.R.

Lieut. John Charles Jones, R.N.V.R

 

To Receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Cross.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Richard Frederick Lea Dickey, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.

 

To Receive the Distinguished Service Medal.

Air Mech., 1st Gr., Joseph Watts, O.N., F4923.

Act. Air Mech., 1st Gr., Edward Elsworth Hughes, O.N., F7223.

A.B. Arthur Waller, O.N. J15735 (Ch.).

Ord. Sea. John William Henry Coulter, O.N. J44355 (Ch.).

A.B. William Thomas Ball, O.N. SS2083 (Ch.).

Sea. James Tait, R.N.R., O.N. 3740C.

C.P.O. Teleg. John Bellett Wood, O.N. 179611 (Dev.).

P.O. Frederick William Vinnicombe, O.N. 198783 (Dev.).

Ldg. Sea. Alfred Sidney Radford, O.N. J4513 (Dev.).

E.R.A., 1st Cl., Benjamin Sambells. O.N. 269327 (Dev.).

Dkhnd. Richard Barber, R.N.R., O.N. 10171 D.A.

Ldg. Sea. William Buckley, R.N.R., O.N. 1778C.

Ch. Motor Mech. Arthur James Blackler, O.N. 1701 M.B.

Dkhnd. Alexander Murray Donald, R.N.R., O.N. 2198 D.A.

 

To Receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Medal.

C.P.O. Clifford Joseph Campbell, O.N. 191144 (Ch.).

2nd Hnd. George Manley, R.N.R., O.N. 4621B.

2nd Hnd. Archie McKechnie, R.N.R., O.N. 8199 D.A.

 

The following Officers and Men have been mentioned in Despatches:

Flt. Cdr. James Gardner Struthers, R.N.A.S.

Engr. Lieut. Robert Morrison Pakenham-Walsh, R.N.

Lieut. Hamilton McMath Hely, R.N.R.

Lieut. Robert Lancelot Fortescue Hubbard, R.N.R.

Lieut. John Trewhella Rowe, D.S.C., R.N.R.

Lieut. Walter Edward Hewkin, R.N.R.

Lieut. John Ibbotson Harrison, R.N.R.

Lieut. John Chevas Cumming, R.N.R.

Sub-Lieut. Charles Francis George Thomas Hallaran, R.N.

Asst. Payr. Alec Brodie McFarlane, R.N.R.

Skipper John Lyle, R.N.R., 71 W.S.A.

Skipper Peter Seaton, R.N.R.

Skipper Frederick Savage, R.N.R., 173 W.S.A.

Skipper William Forman, R.N.R., 369 W.S.A.

Engmn. Charles Coutts Webster, R.N.R., O.N. 20 E.S.

P.O. John Alfred Smith, O.N. 130539 (R.F.R., Po./A2805).

Dkhnd. Thomas Williamson, R.N.R., O.N. 2138 D.A.

Dkhnd. Peter Thomson.

2nd Fisherman Edward W. Millington.

P.O. Mech. Charles Regan, O.N. 218371 (Dev.).

Air Mech., 1st Gr., George Henry Ellis, O.N. F3423.

Ldg. Mech. Joseph Parkes, O.N. F2859.

Sig. James Corbett, R.N.V.R., O.N. Clyde, Z6289.

Stewd. William Henry Patterson, Mercantile Rating.

A.B. James Horation Walker, R.N.V.R., O.N. Bristol Z3538.

Dkhnd. Tom Sherry, R.N.R., O.N. 5266 D.A.

Dkhnd. Benjamin Downing, R.N.R., O.N. 10299 D.A.

Dkhnd. John Tregurtha, R.N.R., O.N. 16452 D.A.

Dkhnd. Peter Sutton, R.N.R., O.N. 8443 D.A.

Dkhnd. John Methvin Robertson Strachan, R.N.R., O.N. 7274 D.A.

Dkhnd. William Wallace, R.N.R., O.N. 2156 D.A.

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Honours for the Royal Naval Air Service.

 

The KING (is) pleased to give orders for the appointment of the undermentioned Officers:

 

To be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order.

 

Flt. Lieut. Robert Alexander Little, D.S.C., R.N.A.S. For gallantry in action and for exceptional skill and daring in aerial combats. Since the 9th May, 1917, besides having driven off numerous artillery aeroplanes and damaged six hostile machines, he has destroyed six others. On the 26th June, 1917, an Aviatik being seen from the aerodrome he went up to attack it. He engaged it and fired a burst at close range, and the enemy machine stalled and went down in flames.

 

Flt. Lieut. Raymond Collishaw, D.S.C., R.N.A.S. For conspicuous bravery and skill in successfully leading attacks against hostile aircraft. Since the 10th June, 1917, Flt. Lieut. Collishaw has himself brought down four machines completely out of control and driven down two others with their planes shot away. Whilst on an offensive patrol on the morning of the 15th June, 1917, he forced down a hostile scout in a nose dive. Later, on the same day, he drove down one hostile two-seater machine completely out of control, one hostile scout in a spin, and a third machine with two of its planes shot away. On the 24th June, 1917, he engaged four enemy scouts, driving one down in a spin and another with two of its planes shot away; the latter machine was seen to crash.

 

To receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order.

 

Sqdrn. Cdr. Charles Henry Butler, D.S.O., D.S.C., R.N.A.S. For the skill and gallantry with which he attacked a formation of fifteen hostile machines returning from a raid on England. Closing on one machine, he engaged it at close quarters. Presently he saw this machine nose dive, crash into the sea and sink. Meanwhile he had engaged a second machine, but broke off the engagement to follow down the first machine. Afterwards he lost sight of the enemy formation and returned to his aerodrome:

 

The KING (is) pleased to approve of the award of the Distinguished Service Cross to the undermentioned officers:

 

Flt. Cdr. Alexander Macdonald Shook, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. Arnold Jaques Chadwick, R.N.A.S. (since reported drowned).

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Albert James Enstone, R.N.A.S.

 

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Langley Frank Willard Smith, R.N.A.S. (since missing). For exceptional gallantry and remarkable skill and courage whilst serving with the R.N.A.S. at Dunkirk during May and June, 1917, in repeatedly attacking and destroying hostile aircraft.

 

Flt. Lieut. Cecil Hill Darley, R.N.A.S. For conspicuous skill and gallantry on the night of the 2nd July, 1917. One of his engines having seized whilst he was over Bruges, he dropped his bombs on the objective and managed to fly his machine home on one engine and effected a safe landing on the aerodrome.

 

Flt. Sub-Lieut, (now Flt. Lieut.) John Edward Scott, R.N.A.S. For the skill and gallantry with which he engaged a hostile machine returning from an air raid on England. Descending to 8,000 feet, he fired continuously until the enemy machine lost control, descended in a spinning nose dive, and crashed into the sea.

 

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Ellis Vair Reid, R.N.A.S. (since missing). In recognition of his services on the following occasions: On the 6th June, 1917, he attacked and drove down one of four hostile scouts. This machine dived nose first into the ground and was destroyed. On the afternoon of the 15th June, 1917, he was leading a patrol of three scouts and encountered a formation of ten enemy machines. During the combat which ensued he forced one machine down completely out of control. Next he attacked at a range of about 30 yards another hostile scout. The pilot of this machine was killed, and it went down completely out of control. This officer has at all times shown the greatest bravery and determination.

 

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Edward Robert Barker, R.N.A.S. In recognition of his services on the occasion of an air raid on the Solway works at Zeebrugge on the night of the 15th-16th July, 1917, when bombs were dropped on the objective with good results.

 

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Rowan Heywood Daly, R.N.A.S. For skill and gallantry in attacking enemy aircraft returning from a raid on England. After a long chase he engaged and brought down one machine in flames. Afterwards he engaged a second machine, but his gun jambed, and though he continued the pursuit to the enemy coast, he failed to clear the jamb, and was obliged to return to his aerodrome.

 

Flt. Lieut. Reginald Rhys Soar, R.N.A.S. For courage and skill as a scout pilot. On 23rd May, 1917, he attacked a two-seater artillery machine, and as the result of a well thought out attack brought the machine down out of control. On 12th June, 1917, he brought down two enemy machines out of control. On 29th June, 1917, in company with Flt. Lieut. Little, he attacked and brought down an Albatross scout. On 3rd July, 1917, whilst leading an offensive patrol, a formation of seven Albatross Scouts was engaged, and he brought down one, out of control. On 13th July, 1917, in company with Flt. Lieut. Little, he attacked and drove down out of control one two-seater machine, following it down to within 1,000 feet of the ground.

 

To receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Cross.

 

Flt. Cdr. Robert John Orton Compston, D.S.C., R.N.A.S. For gallantry in action and for very good work in driving away German artillery aeroplanes. On the 12th June, 1917, with three other machines, he attacked six hostile scouts. He got close to one, and shot it down out of control. On the 16th June, 1917, he attacked and brought down a two-seater Aviatik. On the 3rd July, 1917, he attacked two Ayiatiks, which he drove down and forced to land.

 

Flt. Lieut. John Edward Sharman, D.S.C., R.N.A.S. For courage and skill in attacking enemy aircraft. On the evening of the 14th June, 1917, while on an offensive patrol with three other scouts, he observed five Albatross Scouts. He dived on one of these, firing from his machine gun at about 50 feet range. The Scout then went down in a spin. On the 24th June, 1917, with six other machines, he attacked fifteen Albatross Scouts. After a combat at close range he destroyed one of these, its right plane and tail plane falling off.

 

The following awards have also been approved:

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Medal.

Ldg. A.C. Thomas Busby, O.N. F18555.

A.C., 1st Gr., Joshua Howard Daw, O.N. F12687.

A.C., 2nd Gr., Cyril Alfred Millhouse, O.N. F22637.

Ldg. Mech. Sydney Frederick Anderson, O.N. F12676.

Air Mech., 1st Gr., Thomas Caird, O.N. F6181.

P.O. Mech. (E) Harry Dixon, O.N. F4542.

 

The following Officers and Men have been mentioned in Despatches:

Sqdrn.-Cdr. Bedford Henry Mulock, D.S.O., R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. Warren Rawson Mackenzie, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Robert Frederick Lea Dickey, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Frederick Ross Johnson, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Alfred Hartley Lofft, R.N.A.S.

Air Mech., 1st Gr., Frederick John George, O.N. F1947.

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Honours to the Mercantile Marine.

 

The KING (is) pleased to approve of the award of decorations and medals to the undermentioned Officers and Men of the British Mercantile Marine, in recognition of zeal and devotion to duty shown in carrying on the trade of the country during the war:

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Cross.

Capt. George McDonald Dobbie.

Capt. David Lawton.

Capt. Robert George James.

Capt. Walter Gay.

Capt. Frederick Douglas Struss.

Ch. Offr. Alexander Smith.

Ch. Engr. William Russell Stobo.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Medal.

Sea. Francis Augustine Kidney.

Apprentice Thomas Arthur Sutcliffe.

6th Engr. Thomas Henry Rodick.

 

The KING has further been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the name of the undermentioned Officer in the London Gazette as having received an expression of commendation for his services:

To be Commended for Good Service.

Capt. Arthur Smith.

________

 

Foreign Decorations

 

The following Decorations have been conferred by the Allied Powers on Officers and Men of the British Naval Forces for distinguished services rendered during the war:

 

The President of The FRENCH REPUBLIC.

 

Legion of Honour.

 

Commander.

Rear-Admiral Charles L. Vaughan-Lee, C.B.

Capt. Godfrey M. Paine, C.B., M.V.O., R.N., Commodore, 1st Cl.

 

Officer.

Capt. Arthur V. Vyvyan, D.S.O., R.N.

Wing Capt. Robert M. Groves, D.S.O., R.N.

Wing Cdr. Ivon T. Courtney, R.N.A.S. (Capt. and Temp. Lieut.-Col., R.M.L.I.).

 

Chevalier.

Lieut.-Cdr. Edwin G. L. Roberts, R.N.V.R.

 

Croix de Guerre.

Capt. Oliver Backhouse, C.B., R.N.

Lieut.-Cdr. Charles L. Kerr, D.S.O., R.N.

Lieut.-Cdr. Jamieson B. Adams, R.N.R.

Lieut.-Cdr. Henry D. King, D.S.O., V.D., R.N.V.R.

Lieut. Oliver G. G. Villiers, R.N.V.R.

Petty Officer William John Tucker, O.N. 132707 (R.F.R. Dev./A.3586). DECORATIONS

 

The RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT.

 

Order of St. Anne.

 

3rd Class.

Payr. Harold N. Smart, C.M.G., R.N.V.R.

 

His Majesty The King of SERBIA.

 

Order of St. Sava.

 

4th Class.

Payr. Hugh N. Page, R.N.R.

 

Order of the White Eagle.

 

4th Class.

Cdr. George G. Eady, R.N.V.R.

 

His Majesty The King of ITALY.

 

Military Order of Savoy.

 

Grand Cross.

Admiral Sir John R. Jellicoe, G.C.B., O.M., G.C.V.O.

 

Grand Officer.

Vice-Adml. (actg. Adml.) Sir David Beatty, G.C.B., K.C.V.O., D.S.O.

 

Commander.

Vice-Adml. (actg. Adml.) Sir Charles E. Madden, K.C.B., K.C.M.G., C.V.O.

 

Officer.

Capt. Reginald Y. Tyrwhitt, K.C.B., D.S.O., R.N., Commodore 1st Class.

 

Cavalier.

Capt. Albert P. Addison, R.N.

Lieut. The Earl of Medina, K.C.V.O., R.N.

Actg. Lieut. H.R.H. Prince Albert, K.G., R.N.

 

Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus.

 

Grand Cross.

Adml. Sir Cecil Burney, G.C.M.G., K.C.B.

 

Grand Officer.

Adml. Sir T. H. Martyn Jerram, K.C.B., K.C.M.G.

Adml. Sir F. Doveton Sturdee, Bart., K.C.B., K.C.M.G., C.V.O.

 

Commander.

Rear-Adml. Charles L. Vaughan-Lee, C.B.

 

Officer.

Cdr. Francis G. G. Chilton, R.N.

Cdr. Roger L'E. M. Rede, R.N.

Cdr. Gerald C. Dickens, R.N.

Cdr. Evan C. Bunbury, R.N.

Cdr. Everard J. Hardman-Jones, R.N.

Cdr. Clement R. Dane, R.N. (Wing Cdr., R.N.A.S.).

Cdr. George W. Taylor, R.N.

Cdr. The Hon. William H. Cozens-Hardy, K.C., R.N.V.R.

Cdr. Claude P. Serocold, R.N.V.R.

Fl. Surg. Arthur R. H. Skey, M.B., R.N.

 

Cavalier.

Lieut.-Cdr. Arthur Henniker-Heaton, R.N.

Lieut.-Cdr. Geoffrey S. F. Nash, R.N.

Eng. Lieut.-Cdr. Lionel H. Smith, R.N.

Maj. Alan G. B. Bourne, M.V.O., R.M.A.

Flt.-Cdr. Douglas Harries, R.N.

Flt.-Cdr. Dudley W. A. Barton, R.N.A.S.

Flt.-Cdr. Frederick W. Lucas, R.N.A.S.

Lieut. George Griffiths, R.N.

Lieut. Frederick A. Baldwin, R.N.V.R.

 

Order of the Crown of Italy.

 

Grand Cross.

Vice-Adml. Sir John M. de Robeck, K.C.B.

 

Grand Officer.

Vice-Adml. Sir Rosslyn E. Wemyss, K.C.B., C.M.G., M.V.O.

Rear-Adml (actg. Vice-Adml.) Sir Hugh Evan-Thomas, K.C.B., M.V.O.

 

Commander.

Capt. Rudolf W. Bentinck, C.B., R.N.

 

Officer.

Cdr. (actg. Capt.) Henry Halahan, D.S.O., R.N.

Cdr. Charles D. Burke, R.N.

Cdr. Wilfred A. Thompson, R.N.

Cdr. Bertram H. Ramsay, R.N.

Cdr. Harold L. Woodcock, R.N. (Wing Cdr., R.N.A.S.).

Fl. Surg. Edward T. P. Eames, R.N.

Fl. Payr. Charles H. Rowe, R.N.

 

Cavalier.

Cdr. Ernest H. B. Williams, R.N.

Lieut.-Cdr. Francis T. B. Tower, R.N.

Lieut.-Cdr. David M. Fell, R.N.

Eng. Lieut.-Cdr. Walter S. Damant, R.N.

Eng. Lieut.-Cdr. James A. Seabrook, R.N.

Eng. Lieut. Andrew F. Paterson, R.N.

Flt. Lieut. Richard F. E. Wickham, R.N.A.S.

Flt.-Lieut. Reginald F. Maitland, R.N.A.S.

Capt. Arthur J. Mellor, R.M.L.I.

 

His Highness The Sultan of EGYPT.

 

Order of the Nile.

 

Commander.

Capt. (actg.) William B. Macdonald, R.N.

 

Officer.

Cdr. George C. Hardy, R.N.

Cdr. John P. R. Marriott, R.N.

Staff Payr. Hugh Miller, R.N.

Asst. Payr. Archibald J. Dowdeswell, R.N.

Major (tempy. Lieut.-Col.) Hugh D. E. O. Sullivan, R.M.L.I.

Major Trant B. Luard, R.M.L.I.

 

 

30233 - 14 AUGUST 1917

 

MESOPOTAMIAN CAMPAIGN - NAVAL MENTIONS

ARMY DESPATCH dated 15 August 1917

 

War Office, 15th August, 1917.

 

The Secretary of State for War has received the following list of names of officers, warrant and non-commissioned officers and men, ladies and civilians, whose services have been brought to notice by Lieut.-General Sir Stanley Maude, K.C.B., Commander-in-Chief, Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force, as deserving of special mention:

 

Royal Navy.

 

Arbutnnot, Cdr. (Ret.) E. K.

Buxton, Cdr. B.

Cartwright, Cdr. C. H. A.

Chalmer, Lieut.-Cdr. A. R.

Elwell, Surg. R. G.

Hill, Surg. F. G. E., M.B.

Kelly, Surg. J. C., M.D.

Nunn, Capt. W., C.M.G., D.S.O.

Sherbrooke, Cdr. H. G.

Shorten, Surg. J. P.

Thursfield, Lieut. A. C.

Webster, Lieut. R. P. D.

Ayres, O.N. 171045 (Ch.) C.P.O. W. R.

Boulter, O.N.J. 15349 (Ch.) Ldg. Teleg. S. W.

Brown, O.N. 271864 (P.O.) E.R.A., 2nd Class, L. E.

Crossman, O.N. 287047 (Ch.) Stoker P.O. E.S.

Elliot, O.N. J. 29215 (Dev.) Ldg. Teleg. M. L.

Grieg, O.N.M. 17441 (Ch.) Ch. E.R.A., 2nd C1.,A.

Haslar, O.N.K. 1366 (Ch.) Sto. P.O. G. T.

Holliss, O.N.M. 12130 (Ch.) Act. E.R.A., 4th Cl., W. J.

Lovell, O.N. 268831 (Ch.) Ch. E.R.A. H.

Lucas, O.N.J. 15975 (Ch.) A.B. A. E.

Mallinson, O.N. 303741 (Dev.) Sto. P.O. J. W.

Prior, O.N.J. 32080 (Ch.) Teleg. H. W.

Revell, O.N. 208740 (Ch.) P.O. J.

Robinson, O.N. 198809 (P.O.) P.O., 1st Class, R. G.

Saunders, O.N.J. 5200 (Ch.) P.O. W. H.

Stephenson, O.N. 234863 (Ch.) A.B. W.

Thompson, O.N. 236295 (Ch.) Ldg. Sea. H. M. J.

Dean, O.N. 209195 R.F.R. (Ch.) B. 3950 A.B. P. W.

 

Royal Naval Air Service.

 

Cassy, Flt. Lieut. A. W.

Lyon, Flt. Sub-Lieut. M.

Verey, Lieut. D. R., R.N.V.R.

Wrottesley, Cdr. F. R., R.N.

Brennan, F. 7736 Air Mech., 1st Gr., T.

Cowton, Ply. 13554 C.P.O., 2nd Gr., A. E.

Cracknell, F. 8912 Ldg. Mech. C. L.

Freeman, F. 4667 Ldg. Mech. R. C.

Veale, F. 9262 P.O. Mech. A. H.

Ward, F. 9274 Ldg. Mech. P. H.

Young, F. 9291 Air Mech., 1st Gr., E. W.

 

Royal Naval Reserve.

 

Bradley, Sub-Lieut, (act. Lieut.) J. P.

Lincoln, Lieut. H. Farrell, O.N.S. 8533 Sto. J.

 

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.

 

Feilmann, Sub-Lieut. G. A.

Harding, Lieut. R. J. A.

Vane-Tempest, Sub-Lieut. E. C. W.

Wood, Lieut. J. A. H., M.C.

Poulter, O.N. London Z. 3247 Sig. C.

 

(followed by Army lists)

 

Sea Transport.

 

(including)

Salmond, Commander H. M., R.I.M.

Turbett, Lt. L. W. R. T., R.I.M.

 

Masters of Transports.

 

Addenbrooke, Mr. J. H.

Alton, Mr. F.

Benson, Mr. J. H.

Coope, Mr. R. H.

Gun-Cunningham, Mr. P.

Longdale, Mr. G. R.

Maclellan, Mr. C.

Reddock, Mr. J. S.

Rouse, Mr. H. J.

Shone, Mr. R. E.

Thompson, Mr. H. T.

Willis, Mr. C.

 

Inland Water Transport.

 

(including)

Annett, Engineer G. L., R.I.M.

Baker, Engineer A. H., R.I.M.

Bayfield, Lt. E. M., R.I.M.

Brown, Sub-Lt. J. H., D.S.O., R.N.V.R.

De Woolfson, Engineer A. H. F., R.I.M.

Farrell, Lt. T. J., R.I.M.

Follett, Sub-Lt. E., R.N.V.R.

Frankland, Temp. Lt. E. R., R.I.M.

Harvey, Engineer T. G. J., R.I.M.

Hewlett, Temp. Lt. C. S., R.I.M.

King, Lt. W., D.S.O., R.N.V.R.

Metcalfe, Lt. J. N., R.I.M.

Milne, Temp. Lt. W. A., R.I.M.

Milne-Henderson, Lt. T. M. S., R.I.M.

Robertson, Temp. Lt.-Col. H., R.E. (Engr. Comdr., R.I.M.).

Szulczewski, Lt. O., D.S.O., R.N.V.R.

Thomas, Lt. H. W., R.I.M.

Webber, Hon. Sub-Lt. S., R.N.V.R.

Andrews, No. 4064 Clerk P. M., R.I.M.

Apgar, Foreman S., R.I.M.

Gooley, No. 22 Foreman J. H., R.I.M.

Metcalfe, Temp. Gunner R., R.I.M.

Abdulla Kuan, No. 9909 Mistri, R.I.M.

Abdul Majid, Surang, R.I.M.

Bhagwan Fakinchaud, No. 1143 Blacksmith, R.I.M.

Cheung Cheng, No. 593 Fitter, R.I.M.

Dhunja Mistri Hormusji, No. 9456 Paymaster, R.I.M.

Esmail Buddhu, No. 1214 Lascar, R.I.M.

Hassan Mea Abdul Hamid, No. C/1088 Lascar, R.I.M.

Hasam Khan, No. 1028 Boilermaker, R.I.M.

Jan Ram, No. 1101 Turner, R.I.M.

Kodia Jaffer, No. 258 Carpenter, R.I.M.

Lok Pik, No. 576 Fitter, R.I.M.

Mansoor, No. 16 Moulder, R.I.M.

Makan Walla, No. 9925 Surang, R.I.M.

Mirza Ali, No. C/775 Surang, R.I.M.

Mohomed Ismail, No. 1025 Boilermaker, R.I.M.

Mohamed Hussein, No. 10000 Fitter, R.I.M.

Moto Ram, No. 1156 Blacksmith, R.I.M.

Santa Singh, No. 9905 Mistri, R.I.M.

Satoyayski, No. 2879 Foreman Carpenter, R.I.M.

Sew Balak, No. 26 Driver, R.I.M.

Sherbat Ali, No. 1686 Lascar, R.I.M.

Shaik Abbas, No. 1938 Surang, R.I.M.

Shaikh Mohammed Baba, No. 1929 Surang, R.I.M.

Shaikh Moghball Alii, No. C/379 Lascar, R.I.M.

Shaikh Bawa Baba, No. 4170 A. Master Surang, R.I.M.

Shaikh Kancho Bala, No. 382 Gunner, R.I.M.

Misquitta, Clerk, T.V.C., R.I.M.

 

Port Administration And Conservancy. (including)

Sanderson, Lt. L., R.I.M.

 

 

30234 - 14 AUGUST 1917

 

War Office,16th August, 1917.

 

(included in Army lists)

His Majesty The KING (is) pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the Field to the undermentioned Ladies, Non Commissioned Officers and Men:

Po.1058 L./C. W. Marsden, R.M.L.I.

 

 

30236 - 17 AUGUST 1917

 

Naval Prize Bounty Money.

 

…. destruction of the German cruiser "Konigsberg" by H.M.S. "Severn" and "Mersey" between 6th and 11th July, 1915

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Notice of Intended Distribution of Naval Salvage Money.

 

…. salvage of s.s. "Den of Ogil " by His Majesty's Tug "Commonweal," 29th February to 2nd March, 1916

 

 

30241 - 21 AUGUST 1917

 

Whitehall, August 18, 1917.

 

The KING has been pleased to give and grant unto the undermentioned gentlemen His Majesty's Royal licence and authority to wear Decorations (as stated against their respective names) which have been conferred upon them by His Highness the Sultan of EGYPT in recognition of valuable services rendered by them:

 

(including)

Order of the Nile

 

Fifth Class

Richard Phillips, Esq., Officer Commanding the cruiser "Abdel Monem," Coast Guards Administration, Cairo.

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Notice of Intended Distribution of Naval Salvage Money.

 

Salvage of the cargo of S.S. "Addington" by His Majesty's Tugs "Chester III." and "Carcass," on 18th March, 1916

 

 

30243 - 21 AUGUST 1917

 

War Office, 21st August, 1917.

 

(included in Army lists)

His Majesty The KING (is) pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the Field to the undermentioned Non-commissioned Officers and Men:

Clyde Z/1082 A./B. (actg. L./S.) R. Stewart, R.N.V.R.

Lond.Z/563 L./S. S. A. White, R.N.V.R.

 

 

30248 - 24 AUGUST 1917

 

Naval Salvage Money

 

Salvage Money awarded to H.M.S. "Ina William," "Laburnum," and "Sunflower," and H.M. Tugs "Stormcock" and "Hellespont" for the salvage of S.S. " Graciana." 13th-18th February, 1916.

 

Salvage Money awarded to H.M.S. "Highflyer" for the salvage of S.S. "Onitsha." 3rd May, 1916.

 

Salvage Money awarded to H.M. Trawler "Caldy" for the salvage of S.S. "Aranda" (after-part). 6th-8th August, 1916.

 

 

30250 24 AUGUST 1917

 

Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood.

 

(included in general lists)

The KING has been pleased to Command, as Sovereign of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, ….

 

To be Knights Grand Cross of the said Most Excellent Order:

The Right Honourable Sir Eric Campbell Geddes, K.C.B., First Lord of the Admiralty, lately Inspector-General of Transportation Headquarter Staff, France. 

 

To be Knights Commanders of the said Most Excellent Order:

Sir Vincent Litchfield Raven, Deputy Controller, Admiralty.

Alan Garrett Anderson, Esq., Controller, Admiralty, lately Vice-Chairman of the Wheat Commission, Board of Trade.

Dugald Clerk, Esq., Member of the Panel of Board of Invention and Research, Admiralty, Member of the Ministry of Munitions Inventions Department, Member of the Trench Warfare Advisory Panel.

Edmund Robbins, Esq., Secretary of Admiralty and War Office Press Committee.

W. Walton, Esq., Vice-President, Admiralty Transport Arbitration Board. 

 

To be Commanders of the said Most Excellent Order:

Henry Seymour Moss-Blundell, Esq., LL.D., Trade Division, Admiralty.

Professor William Henry Bragg, F.R.S., Member of Panel of Board of Invention and Research, Admiralty.

Albert Thomas Carter, Esq., Advisor to His Majesty's Procurator-General and Solicitor to the Treasury in connection with Naval and Prize matters.

Alan Ernest L. Chorlton, Esq., Member of the Committee of the Board of Invention and Research, Admiralty. 

 

To be Members off the said Most Excellent Order:

Sub-Lieutenant Ernest Somerville Beard, R.N.V.R., Quartermaster and Secretary, Royal Naval Auxiliary Hospital, Truro.

Russell Clarke, Esq., Aviation Electrician, and Telegraphist, Admiralty.

William Charles Grant, Esq., Temporary Admiralty Overseer at Boat Yard, Abadan, Persian Gulf.

Miss Ivy Matheson, Honorary Secretary, Ladies' Emergency Committee of the Navy League.

Hon. Lieut. Thomas Warren Moore, R.N.R. Secretary, Imperial Merchant Service Guild.

 

 

30252 - 24 AUGUST 1917

 

(included in Army lists)

 

Chancery of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.

 

The KING (is) pleased to give directions for the following appointments to the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, for services rendered in connection with Military Operations in the Field in Mesopotamia, to be dated 4th June) 1917:

 

To be Additional Members of the Third Class, or Companions, of the said Most Distinguished Order:

T./Lt.-Col. (temp. Brig.-Gen.) Robert Herbert Wilfrid Hughes, D.S.O., R.E. (Comdr. R.N.R.).

T./Lt.-Col. Hugh Robertson, R.E. (Eng. Cmdr., R. Ind. Mar.). 

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India Office, 25th August, 1917.

 

The KING (is) pleased to make the following promotions in and appointments to the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire in recognition of the meritorious services of the undermentioned gentlemen in connection with the War:

 

To be additional Companions of the said Most Eminent Order: 

Commander Hubert McKenzie Salmond, Royal Indian Marine.

 

 

30258 - 28 AUGUST 1917

 

NAVAL GALLANTRY AWARDS

 

Admiralty, 29th August, 1917.

 

Honours for Service in the Action in the Straits of Otranto on the 15th May, 1917.

 

 The KING (is) pleased to approve of the award of the Victoria Cross to the undermentioned officer:

 

Skipper Joseph Watt, R.N.R., 1206 W.S.A. For most conspicuous gallantry when the Allied Drifter line in the Straits of Otranto was attacked by Austrian light cruisers on the morning of the ]5th May, 1917. When hailed by an Austrian cruiser at about 100 yards range and ordered to stop and abandon his drifter the "Gowan Lea," Skipper Watt ordered full speed ahead and called upon his crew to give three cheers and fight to the finish. The cruiser was then engaged, but after one round had been fired, a shot from the enemy disabled the breech of the drifter's gun. The gun's crew, however, stuck to the gun, endeavouring to make it work, being under heavy fire all the time. After the cruiser had passed on Skipper Watt took the "Gowan Lea" alongside the badly-damaged drifter "Floandi" and assisted to remove the dead and wounded.

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Chancery of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George,

 

The KING (is) pleased to give directions for the following appointment to the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George:

 

To be an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companions, of the said Most Distinguished Order:

Capt. Albert Percy Addison, R.N. In recognition of his services in command of H.M.S. "Dartmouth" during the pursuit of and running fight with Austrian cruisers, which had attacked the Allied drifter line in the Straits of Otranto on the 15th May, 1917, and especially for his excellent judgment and work in bringing his ship safely into port, when she had been torpedoed by an enemy submarine on. her passage back, after the cruiser action was over.

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Admiralty, 29th August, 1917.

 

The KING has further been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointments to the Distinguished Service Order and for the award of the decorations and medals specified below to the undermentioned officers and men in recognition of their services in the action in the Straits of Otranto on the 15th May, 1917:

 

To be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order:

 

Capt. George James Todd, R.N. For his services in command of H.M.S. "Bristol" during the action.

 

Engr. Cdr. Frank Rheuben Goodwin, R.N. For exceptional work under very trying conditions in bringing H.M.S. "Dartmouth " to port after she was torpedoed.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Cross:

 

Skipper William Bruce, R.N.R., 1486 W.S.A. He remained at his post with his crew when under the fire of a very superior force until his ship, H.M. Drifter "Quarry Knowe," blew up.

 

Skipper Robert Stephen, R.N.R., 1384 W.S.A. He remained at his post, although under heavy fire from a very superior force, until his ship, H.M. Drifter "Taits," was badly damaged and in a sinking condition.

 

Skipper William Farquhar, R.N.R, 1310 W.S.A. He remained at his post with his crew, although under the fire of a very superior force, only leaving his ship, H.M. Drifter "Admirable," as she was sinking.

 

Skipper Robert Cowe, R.N.R., 1774 W.S.A. Although under fire from a very superior force, he remained at his post, keeping his ship, H.M. Drifter "Coral Haven," heading for the enemy, and encouraging his crew to fight their small gun. Four rounds were fired, and he and his crew only escaped from their ship when she was on fire and in a sinking condition.

 

Skipper Dennis John Nichols, R.N.R., 834 W.S.A. He remained at his post in the wheel house, steering his ship, H.M. Drifter "Floandi," and although wounded himself, assisted in removing the more severely wounded members of his crew. Later he went in a small boat, plugging the holes in ship's side, thereby enabling her to reach port.

 

To receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Cross.

Lieut. Robert Henry Baunton, D.S.C., R.N.R. He was in charge of the patrol line, and did extremely good work in rallying the Drifters and reorganising the various groups.

 

To receive the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.

 

Dkhnd. Frederick Hawley Lamb. R.N.R., O.N. 1491 TS. Though severely wounded in the leg by the explosion of a box of ammunition on H.M. Drifter "Gowan Lea," he stuck to his gun endeavouring to make it work.

 

Engmn. Charles Mobbs, R.N.R., O.N. 1760 ES. He remained at his post until the main steam pipe was shot away, when he was forced to leave the engine-room, but as soon as possible he returned and put out the fires. He also went in a small boat and assisted to plug holes in the ship's side, thus enabling her to reach port safely.

 

2nd Hnd. John Turner, R.N.R., O.N. 5098 DA. He displayed great coolness whilst under fire. Seeing that the enemy were endeavouring to destroy the W/T apparatus, Turner went aloft to strike the topmast, quite regardless of the fact that shells were passing between the mast and funnel.

 

Engmn. Walter Watt, R.N.R., O.N. 2089 TS. The crew were taken prisoners, but on their way to the Austrian cruiser Watt jumped overboard. He was recaptured, and when alongside the cruiser he again jumped overboard and escaped. He was picked up by another drifter 1 1/2 hours later.

 

2nd Hnd. Joseph Hendry, R.N.R., O.N. 1959 SA. His ship being in a sinking condition, the remainder of the crew left her in a small boat and were taken prisoners, but Hendry refused to leave. His ship eventually sank under him, and he was in the water for some hours until picked up by another drifter.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Medal.

Dkhand. Robert McKenzie, R.N.R., O.N. 4142 DA.

Engmn. William Noble, R.N.R., O.N. 1838 ES.

Engmn. James Dowie, R.N.R., O.N. 2113 TS.

Dkhnd. William Francis Painter, R.N.R., O.N. 11219 DA.

Ldg. Dkhnd. Alexander Magill, R.N.R., O.N. 223 SD.

Engmn. William Herne Fowler, R.N.R., O.N. 2439 ES.

2nd Hnd. John Pirie, R.N.R, O.N. 991 SA.

Dkhnd. George Olive, R.N.R., O.N. 3296 SD.

Ord. Teleg. William Holmes Wadsworth, R.N.V.R., O.N. Z/1230 (Mersey).

Ch. Yeo. Sigs. Tom Smith, O.N. 185978 (Dev.).

E.R.A., 2nd Cl., George Hownam, O.N. 271439 (Dev.).

Ch. Sto. Thomas Phillips, O.N. 285849 (Dev.).

P.O. George James William Bower, O.N. 227848 (Dev.).

C.P.O. Albert Edward Stones, O,N. 192314 (Po.).

P.O. James Maloney, O.N. 236647 (Po.). Act.

C.E.R.A., 2nd Cl., George Herbert, O.N. 272273 (Po.).

Ch. Sto. Thomas Mann, O.N. 295386 (Po.).

 

To receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Medal.

Dkhnd. Edward Ernest Godbold, R.N.R., O.N. 3321 D.A.

 

The following officers and men were mentioned in Despatches:

Cdr. DouglasWilliam O'Bryen Forsyth, R.N.

Cdr. Robert Gerald Fane, R.N. (killed in action).

Engr. Cdr. Ernest Edward Bartlett, R.N.

Lieut. George Reuben Barling, R.N.R. (killed in action).

Chief Skipper Harold John Goldspink, D.S.C, R.N.R., 1937 W.S.A.

Skipper Walter Henry Chaney, R.N.R., 1242 S.A.

Skipper Frank Hutchings, R.N.R., 1305 W.S.A.

Skipper George Thain, R.N.R., 1074 W.S.A.

Skipper Ephraim Elijah Snowling, R.N.R., 1962 W.S.A.

Ord. Teleg. Douglas Morris Harris, R.N.V.R., O.N. Z9359 (Bristol) (killed in action).

2nd Hnd. Adam Gordon, R.N.R., 3945 DA. (killed in action).

Trmr. George Craig, R.N.R., O.N. 3018 TS. (killed in action).

2nd Hnd. John Stephen, R.N.R., O.N. 3685 DA.

2nd Hnd. Alexander Findlay, R.N.R., O.N. 5184 DA

Dkhnd. James Christopher John Taylor, R.N.R., O.N. 8912 DA.

Dkhnd. William Henry Adams, R.N.R., O.N. 3652 SD.

Engmn. John Sim, R.N.R., O.N. 3378 ES.

Dknnd. James Boulton, R.N.R., O.N. 15230 DA.

Engmn. John Edwin Cooper, R.N.R., O.N. 871 DA.

Engmn. Thomas Anderson, R.N.R., O.N. 2178 ES.

Trmr. Thomas Leggat, R.N.R., O.N. 4288 TS.

2nd Hnd. Alexander Smith, R.N.R., O.N. 1857 SA.

Dkhnd. Edwin Goldsmith Hitter, R.N.R., O.N. 8077 DA.

Sto. P.O. Arthur Egglishaw, O.N. 295126 (R.F.R., Ch,/B6423).

Ch. Shipwt. George Henry Sly, O.N. 342641 (Dev.).

A.B. Thomas Richardson, O.N. J12188 (Dev.).

Sto., 1st Cl., Albert Hargreaves, O.N. 232134 (Dev.).

Shipwt., 1st Cl., Edwy John Forse, O.N. 344049 (Po.).

Sto. P.O. William Joyce, O.N. 311080 (Po.).

Sto., 1st Cl., James Ewart Maplesden, O.N. K23040 (Po.).

Lce.-Corpl. Alfred Gee, R.M.L.I., No. Po. 14933.

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Honours for Services in Action with Enemy Submarines.

 

The KING (is) pleased to approve of the award of the following honours, decorations and medals to Officers and Men for services in action with enemy submarines. -

 

To be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order.

Lieut.-Cdr. Salisbury Hamilton Simpson, R.N.

Lieut.-Cdr. John Ignatius Hallett, R.N.

Lieut. Cedric Naylor, D.S.C., R.N.R.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Cross.

Lieut. Frederick Albert Richardson, R.N.

Lieut. George Spencer, R.N.R.

Lieut. Henry Joseph Osborne, R.N.R.

Lieut. Evans Stanley MacLennan, R.N.R.

Lieut. Adam Yule Catto, R.N.R.

Sub-Lieut. George Hambrook Dean Doubleday, R.N.R.

Sub-Lieut. Charles Murray Mutch, R.N.V.R.

Gnr. (T) Thomas Alfred Browning, R.N.

Skipper William Smith, R.N.R. 1683 SA.

Skipper Richard Webb Hannaford, R.N.R. 1389 SA.

Skipper William Moodie, R.N.R., 2140 WSA.

Skipper Arthur Bland, R.N.R., 622 WSA

 

To receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Cross:

Lieut. William Strickland Harrison, D.S.C., R.N.R.

Sub-Lieut. Keith Morris, D.S.C., R.N.R.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Medal:

Sea. William Radden, R.N.R., O.N. 4236B.

Sea. Robert John Overton, R.N.R., O.N. 5545A.

P.O. Charles Fuller, R.N.V.R., O.N. Z2036 (Clyde).

A.B. Albert Ernest Pritchard, O.N. SS2748 (R.F.R., Po./B6774).

Sea. Willis Llewellyn Ivany, R.N.R. (Newfoundland), O.N. 1405X.

P.O. George Edwin Palmer, O.N. 148274 (R.F.R., Dev./A3803).

Sea. John McKay, R.N.R., O.N. 3463A.

A.B. William Charles Peacock, O.N. 218088 (R.F.R., Dev./B5696).

Dkhnd. Robert Reid, R.N.R., O.N. 5189DA.

Dkhnd. William George Linklater, R.N.R., O.N. 4052DA.

P.O., 1st Cl., Frank Sibley Watson, O.N 186247 (R.F.R., Ch./.B4942).

A.B. John Edmonson, O.N. J1730 (Dev.).

A.B. Edgar James Cox, O.N. J19623 (Dev.).

Sea. Maurice Kennedy, R.N.R., O.N. S740A.

E.R.A. Hugh Robinson, R.N.R., O.N. 1968EA.

Ldg, Sea. Albert Stephen Gay, O.N. 235675 (Po.).

P.O. David Percy Smith, O.N. 225904 (Po.).

A.B. Ernest Robilliard, O.N. 234437 (Po.).

A.B. Samuel Claude Basil Hale, O.N. J14066 (Po.).

C.P.O. George Frederick Martin, O.N. 158437 (Ch.).

C.E.R.A., 2nd Cl., Robert Arthur Dunlop, O.N. 270851 (Ch.).

Ldg. Sea. Bertie Woodcraft, O.N. SS1305 (R.F.R.,Ch./B7333).

 

To receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Medal:

A.B. George Edward Beresford, O.N. 202661 (Po.).

A.B. George Henry Herbert Peacey, O.N. 206507 (R.F.R., Dev./B4454).

Ldg. Sea. William Charles Frederick Milton, O.N. 233535 (Dev.).

 

To receive a Second Bar to the Distinguished Service Medal:

Dkhnd. Leonard Findlay, R.N.R., O.N. 4842DA.

 

The following Officers and Men have been mentioned in Despatches:

Engr. Lieut. Neal Shaw MacKinnon, R.N.R.

Act. Lieut. Robert Joseph Jeffers, R.N.R.

Sub-Lieut, (now Act. Lieut.) Joseph Russell Stenhouse, R.N.R.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Harold Beaumont Smith, R.N.A.S.

Sub-Lieut. Ernest Hutchison, R.N.R.

Sub-Lieut. Thomas Edward Cain, D.S.C., R.N.R.

Air Mech., 2nd Gr., Edmund William Argent, O.N. F13482.

A.B. George Edward Crittenden, O.N. 202731 (R.F.R., Po./B6474).

A.B. George William Perry, O.N. 180015 (Po.).

Sea. Harold James Braund, R.N.R., O.N. 7338A.

A.B. Thomas Moorcroft, O.N. J25471 (Dev.).

Sto., 1st Cl., David Buss, O.N. K22876 (Po.).

A.B. Stanley James Clarke, O.N. SS4531 (Dev.).

Sig. James Yarr, R.N.V.R., O.N. Z/7325 (Clyde).

Sto. P.O. William Lee, O.N. 219498 (Dev.).

Pte. George Wainwright, R.M.L.I., No. Po./18694.

Greaser James Noakes, Mercantile Rating, No. 543306.

Fireman Percy Cook, Mercantile Rating, No. 867709.

Craneman John Bartell, Mercantile Rating, No. 569832.

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Honours for the Royal Naval Air Service.

 

The KING (is) pleased to approve of the award of a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order to the undermentioned Officer:

Sqdn.-Cdr. Kenneth Stevens Savory, D.S.O., R.N.A.S. In recognition of his services on the night of the 9th July, 1917, when a successful attack was carried out against the Turkish-German fleet lying off Constantinople. When the "Goeben," surrounded by warships (including submarines), had been located, the attack was made from a height of 800 feet. Direct hits were obtained on the "Goeben" and on the other enemy ships near her. Big explosions took place on board them, followed by a heavy conflagration. The War Office at Constantinople was also attacked, and a direct hit obtained.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Cross.

 

Flt. Lieut. Henry McClelland, R.N.A.S.

Lieut. Percy Townley Rawlings, R.N.V.R.

In recognition of their services on the night of the 9th July, 1917, when a successful attack was carried out against the Turkish-German fleet lying off Constantinople. When the "Goeben," surrounded by warships (including submarines), had been located, the attack was made from a height of 800 feet. Direct hits were obtained on the "Goeben" and on the other enemy ships near her. Big explosions took place on board them, followed by a heavy conflagration. The War Office at Constantinople was also attacked, and a direct hit obtained.

 

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Lacey Norman Glaisby, R.N.A.S. In recognition of his services on the 20th July, 1917, during a bombing raid on Aertrycke aerodrome. He was attacked by a hostile machine whilst over the target, and fought an engagement lasting twenty minutes. Flt. Sub-Lieut. Glaisby was wounded in the head, and his observer was shot through the arm shortly after the engagement began, but they succeeded in driving the enemy machine down in a vertical nose-dive.

 

Flt. Sub-Lieut, (act. Flt. Lieut.) Alfred Williams Carter, R.N.A.S. This officer has at all times led his patrols with great courage, skill and pertinacity, often engaging superior numbers of hostile aircraft. On the 22nd July, 1917, he engaged single-handed for half-an-hour five enemy scouts, which he prevented from carrying out a reconnaissance. On the 24th July, 1917, with one other pilot he attacked four enemy aircraft, one of which he drove down completely out of control.

 

Flt. Lieut. Lancelot Giberne Sieveking. R.N.A.S.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. John Roy Allan, R.N.A.S.

In recognition of their services in dropping bombs on enemy railway lines and ammunition damps on the night of the 11th-12th July, 1917.

 

Obsr. Lieut. Ronald George St. John, R.N.A.S. In recognition of his services on the 20th July, 1917, during a bombing raid on Aertrycke aerodrome. After the bombs had been dropped on the objective, his machine was attacked by an Albatross Scout, which he shot down at point-blank range. Another hostile machine then attacked, but was driven off.

 

To receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Cross.

Flt. Cdr. Thomas Frederick Le Mesurier, D.S.C., R.N.A.S. For consistent skill and courage in leading his flight on bombing raids, particularly on the 28th July, 1917.

 

The following awards have also been approved:

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Medal.

A.C., 2nd Gr., Lewis Norman Saw, O.N. F16741.

Act. Air Mech., 1st Gr., John McKimmie Young, O.N. F3652.

Air Mech., 1st Gr., Percy John Adkins, O.N. F2763.

Air Mech., 1st Gr., Frederick John George, O.N. F1997.

C.P.O. Mech., 2nd Gr., John Leonard Adams, O.N. F348.

Ldg. Mech. Benjamin Cromack, O.N. F9156.

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Honours for Miscellaneous Services.

 

The KING (is) pleased to approve of the award of the following decorations and medals to the undermentioned Officers and Men:

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Cross.

Lieut. Illtyd Dillwyn Llewellyn, R.N.R.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Medal.

Ch. Std. Arthur A. W.Smith, Mercantile Rating.

 

The undermentioned Officer has been mentioned in Despatches:

Lieut. John Noble Day, D.S.C., R.N.R.

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Honours to the Mercantile Marine.

 

The KING (is) pleased to approve of the award of decorations to the undermentioned Officers of the British Mercantile Marine, in recognition of zeal and devotion to duty shown in carrying on the trade of the country during the war:

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Cross.

Capt. Daniel Evans.

Capt. John MacMillan. Capt.

Crawford George Smith.

Capt. William Thomas King.

Ch. Engr. Edward Gordon.

 

The KING has further been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the undermentioned Officers and Men in the London Gazette as having received an expression of commendation for their services:

 

To be Commended for Good Service.

Capt. Frank Scott.

Ch. Offr. William Mowat.

Ch. Offr. John Morrow Campbell.

Ch. Engr. Alexander Cumming.

Ch. Engr. John White Anderson.

5th Engr. John Durward.

Apprentice Leonard Percy Stone.

Apprentice Ernest Arthur Steggles.

Sea. Jeffrey Watts.

Sea. Joseph Kay.

Sea. John McLennan.

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Foreign Decorations

 

The following Decorations have been conferred by the Allied Powers on Officers of the British Naval Forces for distinguished services rendered during the War:

 

His Majesty The Emperor of JAPAN.

 

Order of Rising Sun with Paulownia.

 

Grand Cordon.

Adml. Sir John R. Jellicoe, G.C.B., O.M., G.C.V.O.

 

Order of Rising Sun.

 

Grand Cordon.

Adml. Sir Cecil Burney, G.C.M.G., K.C.B.

Adml. Sir David Beatty, G.C.B., K.C.V.O., D.S.O.

Adml. Sir Charles E. Madden, K.C.B., K.C.M.G., C.V.O.

Adml. Sir F. C. Doveton Sturdee, K.C.B., K.C.M.G., C.V.O.

 

Order of Sacred Treasure.

 

1st Class.

Vice-Adml. Sir John M. de Robeck, K.C.B.

 

Order of Rising Sun.

 

2nd Class.

Rear-Adml. (actg. Vice-Adml.) Sir Hugh Evan-Thomas, K.C.B., M.V.O. 

Vice-Adml. William O. Story. 

Rear-Adml. Alexander L. Duff, C.B. 

Rear-Adml. Arthur C. Leveson, C.B. 

Rear-Adml. Ernest F. A. Gaunt, C.B.,  C.M.G.

Rear-Adml. Sir Osmond de B. Brock,  K.C.V.O., C.B., C.M.G. 

Rear-Adml. Robert H. Anstruther, C.M.G. 

Rear-Adml. the Hon. Edward S. Fitzherbert

Rear-Adml. Cecil S. Hickley, M.V.O.  

Rear-Adml. Herbert A. S. Fyler, C.B. 

Rear-Adml. George P. W. Hope, C.B.  

Surg.-Genl. George Welch, C.B.

 

3rd Class.

Capt. Walter H. Cowan, C.B., M.V.O. D.S.O., R.N.

Capt. Edward B. Kiddle, R.N.

Capt. Rudolf W. Bentinck, C.B, R.N.

Capt. the Hon. Algernon D. E. H. Boyle, C.B., M.V.O., R.N.

Capt. Henry W. Grant, C.B., R.N.

Capt. Charles M. de Bartolomé, C.B., R.N.

Capt. Arthur W. Craig, C.B., R.N.

Capt. Michael H. Hodges, M.V.O., R.N.

Capt. James D. Dick, R.N.

Capt. Eustace La T. Leatham, C.B., R.N.

Capt. Frederick A. Powlett, R.N.

Capt. Arthur K. Waistell, C.B., R.N.

Capt. John C. T. Glossop, C.B., R.N.

 

Order of the Sacred Treasure.

 

2nd Class.

Capt. Maurice S. Fitz-Maurice, C.M.G., R.N.

 

3rd Class.

Cdr. Walter Hose, R.N.

Cdr. Wilfred A. Egerton, R.N.

Cdr. Wilbraham T. R. Ford, R.N.

Cdr. Wellwood G. C. Maxwell, R.N.

Eng. Cdr. William J. Duffell, R.N.

Eng. Cdr. Walter R. Parnall, R.N.

Eng. Cdr. George R. Byles, R.N.

Flt. Payr. Charles E. Lynes, R.N.

 

Order of the Rising Sun.

 

4th Class.

Lieut.-Cdr. Vincent M. Cooper, R.N.

Lieut.-Cdr. Geoffrey N. Biggs, R.N.

 

The President of The FRENCH REPUBLIC.

 

Croix de Guerre.

 

Flt. Lieut. William E. Robinson, R.N.A.S.

Sub-Lieut. John C. A. Jenks, R.N.V.R.

 

His Majesty The King of THE BELGIANS.

 

Order of Leopold.

 

Commander.

Rear-Adml. William R. Hall, C.B.

Surg.-Genl. Arthur W. May, K.C.B., F.R.C.S., K.H.P.

 

Officer.

Cdr. (Act. Capt.) Mansfield G. Smith-Cumming, C.B., R.N.

Cdr. Claud P. Serocold, R.N.V.R.

 

Chevalier.

Flt. Cdr. Sidney V. Sippé, D.S.O., R.N.A.S.

 

Order of the Crown.

 

Grand Officer.

Rear-Adml. Morgan Singer, C.B.

 

Commander. Depy. Surg.-Genl. Daniel J. P. McNabb, R.N.

 

Officer.

Capt. William B. S. Wrey, C.M.G., R.N.

Cdr. Dayrell Davies, R.N.

Cdr. Stanley T. H. Wilton, R.N.

Flt. Surg. Kenneth H. Jones, M.B., R.N.

 

Chevalier.

Sqdrn. Cdr. Reginald L. G. Marix, D.S.O., R.N.A.S.

Sqdrn. Cdr. John P. Wilson, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.

Flt. Cdr. John S. Mills, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. Ralph H. Collet, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.

Lieut. Alfred G. Jolley, R.N.V.R.

 

 

30261 - 31 AUGUST 1917

 

Whitehall, August 29, 1917.

 

The KING has been, pleased to give and grant unto the undermentioned gentlemen His Majesty's Royal licence and authority to wear Decorations (as stated against their respective names) which have been conferred upon them by His Highness the Sultan of EGYPT in recognition of valuable services rendered by them: 

(including)

 

Order of the Nile

 

Third Class

Engineer-Commander Walter Scott Hill, R.N., late Egyptian Army and Sudan Government Service. 

 

Fourth Class

Lieutenant Commander Philip Nelson Draper, R.N.R. (ret.), Superintendent of Harbours and Lights, and Port Officer, Sudan Government. 

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Notice of Intended Distribution of Naval Salvage Money.

 

…. salvage of the French Barque "Bourbaki " by H.M. Trawler "Tervani" on 2nd April, 1916

 

…. salvage of the Schooner "Kate" by H.M. Trawler "Nodzu" on 3rd September, 1916,

 

 

30264 - 31 AUGUST 1917

 

War Office, August 31, 1917.

 

The following are among the Decorations and Medals awarded by the Allied Powers at various dates to the British Forces for distinguished services rendered during the course of the campaign;-

 

(included in Army lists) 

 

The President of The FRENCH REPUBLIC.

 

Legion d'Honneur.

 

Croix de Chevalier. 

Captain Robert Charles Adalbert Glünicke, Royal Marines.

 

Medaille Militaire.

 

133 2nd Grade C.P.O. E., Arthur Henry Simmonds, Royal Naval Air Service.

 

 

30267 - 4 SEPTEMBER 1917

 

Admiralty, 3rd September, 1917.

 

The KING (is) pleased to confer the Decoration of the Albert Medal on:

 

Ernest A. Pooley, Chief Motor Mechanic, M.B. 1627.

Herbert Powley, Deckhand, S.D. 1193.

 

The following is the account of the services in respect of which the Decoration has been conferred:

 

On the 22nd April, 1917, a violent explosion occurred on board H.M. Motor Launch 431 while she was lying alongside the jetty at the Base. The after part of the vessel was wrecked, and it at once became known that Sub-Lieutenant Charles W. Nash, R.N.V.R., was buried beneath the wreckage. Chief Motor Mechanic Pooley and Deckhand Powley, who were on board their own vessel lying at the jetty some fifty yards astern, immediately hurried to the motor launch, which was by that time burning fiercely. The flames were every instant drawing nearer to the spot where Sub-Lieutenant Nash lay buried, and it was clear that there was imminent danger of the after petrol tanks exploding at any moment. Regardless of the fact that this would mean certain death to them, Powley and Pooley jumped on board the vessel and succeeded in extricating Sub-Lieutenant Nash from beneath the wreckage and carrying him to the jetty. As they were leaving the boat the whole of the after part burst into flames, and, in all probability, had they been delayed for another thirty seconds all three would have perished. Deckhand Powley, who led the way on board the burning motor launch, had subsequently to be sent to hospital suffering from the effects of fumes.

 

Artificer Engineer (now Acting Mate (E)) Edmund John Pysden, R.N. The following is the account of the services in respect of which the Decoration has been conferred:

 

On the morning of the 27th February, 1917, one of the auxiliary stop valves in one of H.M. Ships accidentally burst, the boiler room immediately becoming filled with dense steam. In spite of the danger of burning and suffocation from steam, and of the fact that it was impossible to draw fires or at once to lift the safety valves, which rendered the possibility of a second and even worse accident highly probable, Mr. Edmund John Pysden, Artificer Engineer, R.N., made several gallant attempts to enter the stokehold, and succeeded in bringing out two men who were lying insensible on the stokehold plates, and helped to bring out others. Several of the survivors would undoubtedly have lost their lives but for the rescues effected by this officer and others. Mr. Pysden also eventually succeeded in opening the safety valve, which relieved the immediate danger of a further accident. Although he had a wet rag tied over his mouth, he swallowed a considerable quantity of live steam, and was partially incapacitated by its effects. Notwithstanding the gallant efforts of Mr. Pysden and other members of the ship's company, three men lost their lives owing to the accident and nine were seriously injured.

 

 

30273 - 7 SEPTEMBER 1917

 

Board of Trade, Whitehall Gardens, 7th September, 1917.

 

The KING (is) pleased to confer the Decoration of the Albert Medal upon

 

Mr. James Campbell Hurry, master of the steamship " Earl of Forfar," of Glasgow. The following is an account of the services in respect of which the Decoration has been conferred:

 

On the 8th November, 1916, while the Steamship "Earl of Forfar," of Glasgow, was lying at Archangel, a fire broke out on a Russian steamship and spread to the "Earl of Forfar," which was lying immediately ahead. Captain Hurry, who was on shore, attempted to return to his vessel, but he was unable to do so. He proceeded, however, to render assistance to other vessels which were in danger of being burnt. While doing so, he heard voices coming from his own ship, which was burning and exploding furiously. Calling for volunteers, he led them on board his steamer, and seven injured men were rescued, some of whom he personally carried to a tug. While thus engaged considerable risk was incurred by Captain Hurry, who had to lift several live shells from the deck of the vessel in order to get at the wounded. Within ten minutes of the last man being rescued the deck blew up.

 

Mr. Edgar Twidle, master, and Mr. William Francis Gordon Martin, chief officer, of the steamship "Bayropea," of London, and Mr. Robert MacBryde, Admiralty clerk, temporarily employed as Commodore's Secretary. The following is an account of the services in respect of which the Decoration has been conferred:

 

On the 26th January, 1917, a series of fires and explosions occurred at Economia, port of Archangel. When Captain Twidle arrived on the scene his ship was burning fiercely. On being informed that the Chief Engineer was alive, Captain. Twidle climbed on board but found that he was dead. He then examined the other rooms and found a Chinese sailor in a dazed condition. With the assistance of Mr. Martin and Mr. MacBryde this man was got over the ship's side across the ice, and eventually to the Red Cross station. About four minutes after the seaman had been removed the vessel blew up.

 

John David Bulmer, boatswain of the steamship "Rhydwen," of Cardiff, and Private John Edward Brown, R.M.L.I. The following is an account of the services in respect of which the Decoration has been conferred:

 

On the 31st January, 1917, while the steamship "Rhydwen," of Cardiff, was lying at Genoa, a fire broke out in the ship's magazine. A fire signal was immediately hoisted, but, before assistance arrived Bulmer and Brown went below, unlocked the door of the magazine and got the hose at the seat of the fire. Water was then played on the magazine and the ammunition was taken out on deck, and, owing to the prompt action of the ship's crew, the fire was extinguished. Considerable risk was incurred by Bulmer and Brown in rendering the service.  

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Notice of Intended Distribution of Naval Salvage Money.

 

…. salvage of S.S. "Athamas" on 17th and 18th November, 1915, by His Majesty's Ships "Resono," "Electra," "Fervent," "Seaflower," "Sicyon," "Marloes," "Croupier," Torpedo Boat "No.9," and "Robust"

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Admiralty, 4th September, 1917.

 

The KING (is) pleased to confer the Royal Naval Reserve Decoration upon the following Officers:

Comdr. Charles K. Mclntosh, R.N.R. (ret.).

Lieut.-Cdr. William Borton, R.N.R.

Lieut.-Cdr. Charles E. Hudson, R.N.R. (ret.).

Lieut. Guy S. Owen, R.N.R.

Lieut. James H. Malpas, R.N.R.

 

 

30282 - 14 SEPTEMBER 1917

 

Naval Salvage Money.

 

…. salvage services rendered to S.S. "Menado" by H.M. Trawler "Cambria" on 22nd and 23rd February, 1917.

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Notice of Intended Distribution of Naval Salvage Money.

 

…. salvage of S.S. "West Marsh" by His Majesty's Trawlers "Bona Dea," "Mena," and "Reporto," on 25th May, 1916

 

 

30285 - 14 SEPTEMBER 1917

 

NAVAL GALLANTRY AWARDS

 

Admiralty, 14th September, 1917.

 

Honours for Miscellaneous Services.

 

The KING (is) pleased to give orders for the following appointments to the Distinguished Service Order:

 

To be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order.

 

Cdr. Hubert Henry de Burgh, R.N. For his services in command of a destroyer iu the action with enemy destroyers off the Belgian coast on the 5th June, 1917, when one of the enemy's destroyers, S.20, was sunk. Cdr. de Burgh succeeded in saving seven men of S.20's crew while under heavy fire from the shore batteries and with three German seaplanes hovering overhead.

 

Lieut.-Cdr. Edye Kington Boddam-Whetham, R.N. For his services in command of a destroyer in the action with enemy destroyers off the Belgian coast on the 5th June, 1917. He handled his ship well in the face of superior forces and under the fire of the shore batteries.

 

Eng. Lieut.-Cdr. Frederick William Bromley, R.N.

Eng. Lieut.-Cdr. Maurice James Rogers Sharp, R.N.

Eng. Lieut.-Cdr. Harold Hugh Huxham, R.N.

For their services in vessels of the Harwich Force during the war.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Cross.

Lieut. George Haines Faulkner, R.N.

Lieut. Edmund Gerald Noel Rushbrooke, R.N.

Payr. Kenneth Edgar Badcock, R.N.

Gnr. (T.) John Henry Evans, R.N.

For their services in vessels of the Harwich Force during the war.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Medal.

Ldg. Sea. Alfred Bishop, O.N. 190195 (Dev.).

P.O. Samuel Avery, O.N. 236216 (Dev.).

Ldg. Sea. Richard George Johns, O.N. 236594 (Dev.).

P.O. Arthur Richard Lionel Skinner, O.N. 222066 (Ch.).

Act. E.R.A., 4th Cl., John Glyn Thomas. O.N. M.9343 (Dev.).

A.B. Francis Stewart Nicoll, O.N. 210751 (ch.)

 

The following officers and men have been mentioned in despatches:

Cdr. John Coombe Hodgson, D.S.O., R.N.

Lieut.-Cdr. Frederick Archibald Warner, D.S.O., R.N.

Lieut.-Cdr. David Richard Mason, R.N.R.

Eng. Lieut.-Cdr. Ralph Berry, R.N.

Eng. Lieut.-Cdr. James Ashton, R.N.

Lieut. Henry Hamilton, R.N.

Lieut. Edmund Gerald Noel Rushbrooke. D.S.C., R.N.

Lieut Randolph Stewart Gresham Nicholson, R.N.

Lieut. Claude Denzil Bury, R.N.

Lieut. Geoffrey Bateman Hope, R.N.

Act. Lieut. Stanley Napier Blackburn, R.N.

Act. Lieut. Robert Don Oliver, R.N.

Sub-Lieut. Patrick Straton Campbell, R.N.

Sub-Lieut. Alfred Martyn Williams, D.S.C., R.N.

Eng. Sub-Lieut. Sydney James Kidd, R.N.R.

Eng. Sub-Lieut. George Smith Gellatly, R.N.R.

Gnr. (T.). Sydney Herbert Jones, R.N.

3rd Offr. Joseph Henry Hart.

Ldg. Sea. George Duncan, R.N.R., O.N. 3230C.

Sea. Eric Farquhar, R.N.R., O.N. 276L.

Ldg. Sto. John Williams, M.M.R., No. 623440.

Sto. John Anstice, M.M.R., No. 870266.

C.P.O. Edward Ernest Sandell, O.N. 154995 (Ch.).

E.R.A., 3rd Cl., Albert Jeffes, O.N. M.4935 (Ch.).

Ch. E.R.A., 2nd Cl, John Tait, O.N.270687 (Ch.).

Ch. Sto. Thomas Lawrence, O.N. 293220 (Ch.).

P.O. Alfred Chapman, O.N. 185463 (Ch.).

A.B. Sydney French, O.N. J.6763 (Ch.).

Ldg. Sea. Albert Victor Laver, O.N. 223192 (Ch.).

P.O. Alfred James Hazelgrove, O.N. 198628 (Po.).

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Honours for Services in Action with Enemy Submarines.

 

The KING (is) pleased to approve of the award of the following honours, decorations and medals to Officers and Men for services in action with enemy Submarines:

 

To be a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order

Lieut-Cdr. William Edward Sanders, V.C., R.N.R. (since killed).

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Cross.

Flt. Lieut, (actg. Flt. Cdr.) Osborne Arthur Butcher, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. John Osborn Galpin, R.N.A.S.

Lieut. John Henry Blyth, R.N.R.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Charles Leslie Young, R.N.A.S.

Skipper Albert Lawrence Petherbridge, R.N.R.

Skipper Alexander McLeod, R.N.R., 2137 W.S A.

 

To receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Cross.

Flt. Lieut. Warren Rawson Mackenzie, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Medal.

Air Mech., 1st Gr., Henry Leslie Curtis, O.N. F24994.

Air Mech., 2nd Gr., William Henry Grey, O.N. F6068.

Boy Teleg. Henry Thomas Henshall, O.N. J48097.

Dkhnd. William Robert Slegg, R.N.R., O.N. 1685S.D.

Dkhnd. William Cannell, R.N.R., O.N. 7980D.A.

1st Engmn. Edward Oscar Sweat.

Act. Ldg. Sea. William Sharp, R.N.V.R., O.N. Z.5035 (Clyde).

A.B. Leonard Fielding Mackenzie, R.N.V.R., O.N. 4/55 (Mersey).

 

To receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Medal

 P.O. George James Jarrett, O.N. 222863 (Dev.).

Offrs. Stwd., 2nd Cl., John Charles Chudley, O.N. L/1943 (Dev.).

 

The following officers and men have been mentioned in despatches:

Cdr. Robert Gerald Hamond, R.N.

Lieut. Rowland Kyrle Cecil Pope, R.N.

Lieut. Frederick Albert Richardson, D.S.C., R.N.

Lieut. Frederick William Siddall, R.N.R.

Lieut. Peter Capper, R.N.R.

Lieut. Albert Edward Holland, R.N.R.

Eng. Lieut. Hebden Woods, R.N.R.

Act. Lieut. Ernest William Agnes, R.N.R.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Sidney Ernest Ball, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Arthur Thomas Barker, R.N.A.S.

Surg. Prob. Robert Sydney Steele Smith, R.N.V.R.

Ch. Art. Eng. Frederick John Baker, R.N.

Air Mech., 2nd Gr., Walter James Priest, O.N. F21948.

Ldg. Teleg. Harold Thomas Wilks, O.N. J20332 (Ch.).

E.R.A., 4th Cl., William McIndoe, O.N. M15864 (Ch.).

Ldg. Sea. William Edwin Claret, O.N. 230636 (Ch.).

A.B. Francis Nathen John Loveday, O.N. 237785 (Ch.).

O.S. Harry Edward Wale, O.N. J38274 (Ch.).

O.S. Charles Lee, O.N. J45484 (Ch.).

Boy, 1st Cl., Alfred Heppell, O.N. J47043 (Ch.).

E.R.A., 3rd Cl., William Edward Hammond, O.N. M4146 (Ch.).

P.O. Leo Charles Martin, O.N. J5436 (Ch.).

A.B. Robert Ernest Hunt, O.N. J9250 (Ch.).

A.B. David Spence, O.N. 233739 (Ch.).

A.B. Thomas Mossop, O.N. 225492 (Ch.).

Shipwt. Edwin Leslie Dunstor Cooper, O.N. 344446 (Ch.).

O.S. Rowland Chalkley, O.N. J56840 (Ch.)

2nd Hnd. Samuel Goffin Larn, R.N.R., O.N. 1027S.A.

Engmn. James Arthur Forrest. R.N.R., O.N. 130ES.

2nd Hnd. Charles Edwin Taylor, R.N.R., O.N. 276DA

Engmn. John William Innes, R.N.R., O.N. 2590ES.

Dkhnd. James Rimmer, R.N.R., O.N. 10528DA.

Trmr. George Atkin. R.N.R., O.N. 3483TS.

2nd Hnd. William Brett.

Bos'n Leonard Pillar.

3rd Hnd. Charles Chaston.

Dkknd. Robert Freeman.

Cook Charles Cross.

2nd Engmn. William Emmett.

Fireman James B. Collis.

Fireman George Johnson.

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Honours for the Royal Naval Air Service.

 

The KING (is) pleased to approve of the award of a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order to the undermentioned Officer:

 

Flt. Lieut. (Act. Flt. Cdr.) Robert Alexander Little, D.S.O., D.S.C., R.N.A.S. For exceptional gallantry and skill in aerial fighting. On 16th July, 1917, he observed two Aviatiks flying low over the lines. He dived on the nearest one, firing a long burst at very close range. The enemy machine dived straight away, and Flt. Lieut. Little followed him closely down to 500 ft., the enemy machine falling out of control. On 20th July, 1917, he attacked a D.F.W. After a short fight, the enemy machine dived vertically. Its tail plane seemed to crumple up, and it was completely wrecked. On 22nd July, 1917, he attacked a D.F.W. Aviatik, and brought it down completely out of control. On 27th July, 1917, in company with another pilot, he attacked an Aviatik. After each had fired about twenty rounds, the enemy machine began to spin downwards. Flt. Lieut. Little got close to it, and observed both the occupants lying back in the cock-pits, as if dead. The machine fell behind the enemy's lines, and was wrecked. Flt. Lieut. Little has shown remarkable courage and boldness in attacking enemy machines.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Cross.

 

Flt. Lieut. (Act. Flt. Cdr.) Robert Jope Slade, R.N.A.S. For his services during a bombing raid on Snelleghem Aerodrome on the 5th August, 1917. He was attacked by an enemy machine when leaving the target. After firing about thirty rounds, the hostile machine appeared to lose control and suddenly dived without regaining it.

 

Flt. Lieut. (Act. Flt. Cdr.) William Melville Alexander. R.N.A.S. On 16th August, 1917, he attacked at about 3,000 feet two hostile scouts, one of which, after a short combat, fell completely out of control. On 20th August, 1917, while returning from patrol, he observed three enemy scouts. These he pursued until they turned to fight. One of the scouts he shot down completelv out of control, and the remaining two dived away. On 21st August, 1917,  while on an offensive patrol, he attacked and drove down completely out of control an enemy scout, which was attacking another member of his patrol. Flt. Lieut. Alexander has at all times shown the greatest bravery and determination.

 

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Charles Philip Oldfield Bartlett, R.N.A.S. For exceptionally good work on the occasion of. a bombing raid on Houttave Aerodrome on the 25th July, 1917.

 

To receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Cross.

Flt. Cdr. Irwin Napier Colin Clarke, D.S.C., R.N.A.S. For exceptionally good work on the occasion of a bombing raid on Houttave Aerodrome on the 25th July, 1917. This officer has shown great skill and persistence in leading his flight on many occasions.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Medal.

Air Mech., 1st Gr., Edward Darby, O.N. F849.

Air Mech., 1st Gr., William David Sambrooke, O.N. F6630.

 

The following Officers have been mentioned in Despatches:

Flt. Cdr. Charles Teverill Freeman, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.

Flt. Cdr. Thomas Frederick Le Mesurier, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.

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Honours to the Mercantile Marine.

 

The KING (is) pleased to approve of the award of decorations to the undermentioned Officers of the British Mercantile Marine, in recognition of zeal and devotion to duty shown in carrying on the trade of the country during the war:

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Cross.

Capt. Charles Ruthven Stewart.

Capt. Edward John Holl.

 

The KING has further been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the undermentioned Officers in the London Gazette as having received an expression of commendation for their services:

Capt. George William. Sharpe.

Capt. William Henry Bullock (Lieut.-Cdr., R.N.R., retd.) (killed).

Captain William Henry Baker.

Ch. Offr. John Vyvyan Watson-Black.

Ch. Eng. Harry Munt Black.

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Foreign Decorations

 

The following Decorations have been conferred by the Allied Powers on Officers and Men of the British Naval Forces for distinguished services rendered during the war:

 

The President of The FRENCH REPUBLIC.

 

Legion of Honour.

 

Officer.

Capt. Charles L. Lambe, D.S.O., R.N.

Cdr. (act. Capt.) John Harvey, R.N.

Cdr. Henry C. Halahan. D.S.O., R.N.

 

Chevalier.

Lieut. Arthur W. L. Brewill, D.S.C., R.N.

Lieut. Denys C. G. Shoppee, D.S.C., R.N.

Sqdrn. Cdr. Francis K. Haskins, D.S.C., R.N.

Sqdrn. Cdr. Douglas C. S. Evill, D.S.C., R.N.

Sqdrn Cdr. Redford H. Mulock, D.S.O., R.N.A.S.

 

Croix de Guerre

 

Major Vincent H. Carfrwright, R.M.A.

Capt. Gerald F. Haszard, D.S.C., R.M.A.

Lieut. Reginald H. Sawyer, R.M.A.

Corpl. Driver Alfred Archer, No. R.M.A. 4443(R.F.R./B./512).

Tempy. Corpl. Ernest Parish, No. R.M.A., 8137 (R.F.R./B./403).

Gnr. Arthur J. Sawyer, R.M.A., No. R.M.A. 14149.

Gnr. William H. Yeates, R.M.A., No. R.M.A. 14140.

 

H.M. The King of ITALY.

 

Military Order of Savoy.

 

Cavalier.

 Capt. Edward R. G. R. Evans, C.B., D.S.O., R.N.

 

Crown of Italy.

 

Commander.

Capt. John F. Warton, R.N.

 

H.M. The King of SERBIA.

 

Order of the White Eagle.

 

Grand Cross.

Vice-Adml. Sir Cecil F. Thursby, K.C.M.G.

 

 

30287 - 14 SEPTEMBER 1917

 

War Office, 17th September, 1917.

 

(included in Army lists)

 

His Majesty The KING (is) pleased to approve of the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Noncommissioned Officers and Men for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field:

 

T.Z.2901 P.O. P. Manning (Westerhope), R.N.V.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of bombers on the left flank of a raiding party. He displayed great energy in attacking the enemy, of whom he killed three and captured three. By his coolness and determination he effectively protected the flank during the operation.   

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His Majesty The KING (is) pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the Field to the undermentioned Ladies, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men:

K.X.196 A./B. P. Duffy, R.N.V.R. (Tow Law).

TZ/491 A.B. J. Milburn, R.N.V.R. (Gateshead).

T.Z. 3271 Lg./Sea. J. Peters, R.N.V.R. (North Shields).  

CZ.2761 P./O. G. Young, R.N.V.R. (Forfar).  

 

 

30289 - 14 SEPTEMBER 1917

 

War Office, 17th September, 1917.

 

The names of the undermentioned have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered in conmection with Military Operations in the Field:

 

Royal Navy.

 

Boyle, Capt. W. H. D.

Linberry, Lieut.-Cdr. (actg. Cdr.) T. J.

Warren, Cdr. A. G.

 

Royal Naval Reserve.

 

Draper, Lieut.-Cdr. P. N.

Moore, Lieut. G. H.

Pearce, Lieut. J.

 

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.

 

Feilding, Lieut, the Hon. F. E. H. J.

Hogarth, Lieut.-Cdr. D. G.

 

Royal Marines.

 

O'Sullivan, Maj. (temp. Lt.-Col.) H. D. E., R.M.L.I.

Prynne, Capt. G. H. H., R.M.L.I.

 

(followed by Army lists)

 

 

30291 - 18 SEPTEMBER 1917

 

Notice of Intended Distribution of Naval Salvage Money.

 

…. destruction of the German cruiser "Konigsberg" by His Majesty's ships "Severn" and "Mersey," between 6th and 11th July, 1915

 

 

30298 - 21 SEPTEMBER 1917

 

MESOPOTAMIAN CAMPAIGN

NAVAL DESPATCH dated 7 May 1917

 

Admiralty, 21st September, 1917.

 

The following despatch has been received from Vice-Admiral Sir Rosslyn E. Wemyss, K.C.B., C.M.G., M.V.O., late Commander-in- Chief, East Indies Station, covering a report by Captain Wilfrid Nunn, C.M.G., D.S.O., R.N., on the operations of H.M. Gunboats in Mesopotamia from December, 1916, to March, 1917:

 

7th May, 1917.

 

SIR: 

Be pleased to submit to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty the enclosed report on the recent operations in Mesopotamia rendered to me by Captain Wilfrid Nunn. C.M.G., D.S.O., R.N.

 

2. I take this opportunity of specially bringing to Their Lordships' notice the excellent conduct of Captain Nunn during the whole period that he has commanded the Flotilla on the Tigris. Through force of circumstances this command devolved upon an officer of less standing than might have been otherwise expected, and he has shown himself under all circumstances not only to have been worthy of his responsible position, but to have carried out his duties with a zeal and dash worthy of the best traditions and to have shown a very remarkable capacity for command.

 

I am, Sir, Your obedient.Servant,

R. E. Wemyss, Vice-Admiral, Commander-in-Chief,

 

H.M.S. "Mantis," 21st March, 1917.

 

SIR: I have the honour to submit the following report on the operations on the Tigris during the months of December, 1916, and January, February, and March, 1917, which led to the capture and occupation of Baghdad by our forces on 11th March, 1917.

 

2. Our advance on the right bank of the Tigris began on 13th December, 1916, when our troops established themselves on the Shatt al Hai.

 

The general situation early in January was as follows:

 

On the left bank our forces were held up by the Turks in the extremely strong Sannaiyat position, while on the right bank we had advanced much further up the river. The Turks opposed to us were commanded by Khalil Pasha. They were well dug In in strong positions.

 

Very large improvements have been effected in the Transport department, railways have been constructed, and a large number of river craft arrived.

 

A number of these, and also barges, were put together at Abadan and Basra, and the facilities for repairs much increased, and wharves constructed.

 

3. The gunboats at the Tigris front have cooperated with the Army in many intermittent bombardments of the enemy positions, and some very good results have been obtained, besides frequently engaging enemy aircraft.

 

We have at all times received great help from the Army, the Artillery officers and Staff being indefatigable in rendering the Navy every assistance.

 

The 14th Kite Balloon Section, R.N.A.S., commanded by Commander Francis R. Wrottesley, R.N., marked for us on many occasions, besides the useful work it has done keeping look-out for the Army.

 

Aeroplanes have also been frequently put at the disposal of the Royal Navy for spotting.

 

While keeping some gunboats at the Tigris front, I have also always, at the request of the military authorities, stationed others at various points on the line of communication, and two have been stationed in the Euphrates, in touch with the troops at Nasiriyah.

 

The following of H.M. .Ships have been engaged in the operations at various times:

 

H.M.S. "Tarantula," Commander Henry G. Sherbrooke.

H.M.S. "Mantis," Commander Bernard Buxton.

H.M.S. "Moth," Lieutenant-Commander C. H. A. Cartwright.

H.M.S. "Gnat," Lieutenant-Commander E. H. B. L. Scrivener.

H.M.S. "Butterfly," Lieutenant-Commander G. A. Wilson.

H.M.S. "Sawfly," Commander G. F. A. Mulock, D.S.O.

H.M.S. "Snakefly," Lieutenant R. P. D. Webster.

H.M.S. "Greenfly," Lieutenant-Commander A. G. Seymour, D.S.O.

H.M.S. "Gadfly," Commander E. K. Arbuthnot.

H.M.S. "Grayfly," Lieutenant C. H. Heath-Caldwell, D.S.C.

H.M.S. "Stonefly," Lieutenant M. Singleton, D.S.O.

H.M.S. "Mayfly," Lieutenant R. H. Lilley, D.S.C.

H.M.S. "Waterfly," Act. Commander Charles T. Gervers.

H.M.S. "Firefly," Lieutenant-Commander C. J. F. Eddis.

H.M.S. "Flycatcher," Lieutenant Hugh Lincoln, R.N.R.

H.M.S. "Scotstoun," Lieutenant S. E. Nicolle.

 

4. Operations proceeded in a most satisfactory manner, and early in February our forces were in possession of the right bank as far as to the westward of Kut el Amara, with bridges over the Hai, large numbers of prisoners having been taken, guns captured, and heavy loss inflicted on the enemy.

 

After intense bombardment, in which the gunboats co-operated, a successful assault of the Sannaiyat position was made on 22nd February, and a footing obtained in the Sannaiyat position. During the night of the 22nd-23rd dummy attempts were made to cross the river in various places above Sannaiyat, and just before daybreak of the 23rd covering parties were rowed across the Tigris near Shumran in pontoons, a surprise landing effected, and a bridge thrown across.

 

By evening the infantry of one division had crossed, and another followed, the enemy trying ineffectually to stem the British advance on the Shumran peninsula.

 

Meanwhile our troops were pushing forward boldly through the Sannaiyat position.

 

The whole Turkish position was manifestly becoming untenable, and they commenced a general retreat, which developed later into a rout.

 

5. I was present at the operations on board H.M.S. "Tarantula," and later on on board H.M.S. "Mantis," other of H.M. Ships present being "Moth," "Butterfly," "Greenfly," "Gadfly," "Snakefly," "Waterfly", "Flycatcher," and "Scotstoun" were also present at the front from time to time, and H.M.S. "Gnat" rejoined me on 4th March.

 

6. On the forenoon of 24th February I moved up river with "Tarantula," "Moth," "Mantis," "Butterfly," "Gadfly," and arrived at Kut el Amara at 9.30 p.m., where I landed and hoisted the Union Jack.

 

The town was deserted and in ruins. Early on the morning of the 25th I moved on up river and communicated with our troops near Shumran.

 

Floating mines had been seen in the river, but were easily avoided.

 

7. During the morning I received a message from the Army Commander asking me to cooperate in pursuing the retreating Turkish Army, and I pressed on up river. We were abreast of our leading Infantry at about 9.30 a.m. and in sight of the Turkish rearguard, on which we at once opened with rapid fire, inflicting heavy casualties. This the enemy soon returned, opening an accurate fire on us with field batteries, and several 5.9 howitzers from a prepared position among the sand hills in the neighbourhood of Imam Mahdi. Our troops were advancing, and some of our field artillery considerably relieved the situation by the rapidity with which they came into action.

 

The battle continued, during the day - all ships being hit by splinters of shell, but luckily no serious damage was done.

 

Lieutenant John H. Murdock, R.N.R., of H.M.S. "Mantis," was somewhat severely wounded in the afternoon.

 

8. The enemy evacuated their position during the night, and we pushed on with the Army in pursuit on the morning of 26th February.

 

It soon became evident that the Turkish Army was much demoralised, and I received a message by W/T from General Sir F. S. Maude during the forenoon to push on and inflict as much damage as possible.

 

We proceeded at full speed in "Tarantula," leading "Mantis" and "Moth," H.M. ships "Gadfly" and "Butterfly" following at their utmost speed.

 

My flotilla passed the small town of Bghailah at 2 p.m. White flags were flying over the town, and later on Commander Ernest K. Arbuthnot, of  "Gadfly" hoisted the Union Jack over the town, bringing in also about 200 prisoners and some trench mortars.

 

9. Just above Bghailah we now began to come up to numbers of Turkish stragglers on the left bank of the Tigris, and some guns partially submerged in the river, where they had been abandoned. We opened fire on all who did not surrender.

 

The smoke of steamers had been seen ahead, and we were soon able to distinguish several steamers, including H.M.S. " Firefly," which we had to abandon on 1st December, 1915, when her boiler was disabled by a shell during the retreat from Ctesiphon and we were surrounded by the Turkish Army.

 

We shortly afterwards got into gun range of the small shipping and opened a heavy fire, particuiarly on "Firefly" and the armed enemy ship "Pioneer," who both replied. The "Firefly " made some good shooting at us with her 4-inch gun.

 

10. The Turks retreating on the left bank were becoming more numerous; they now had our cavalry division in pursuit of them on their right flank and the gunboats on their left.

 

The enemy were firing at us from three directions, and on approaching Nahr Kellak bend I observed a large body of enemy on the left bank at the head of the loop in the river, and gave orders for all guns to be fired on them.

 

They proved to be a strong rearguard, and opened on us with field and machine guns and heavy rifle fire. At this close range there were casualties in all ships, who were all hit many times, but our guns must have caused immense damage to the enemy, as we were at one time firing six-inch guns into them at about 400 to 500 yards.

 

Besides the Turkish Artillery there were a large number of enemy with rifles and machine guns behind the bend at a range of about 100 yards from the ships.

 

In the act of turning round the bend shot came from all directions, and casualties of "Moth," which came last in the line, were particularly severe.

 

There were casualties in all three ships, "Moth," which was magnificently handled by Lieutenant Commander Charles H. A. Cartwright, who was himself wounded, had three officers wounded - all severely - out of four, and two men killed and eighteen wounded, which is about 50 per cent, of her complement.

 

She was hit eight times by shell - one from ahead hit the fore side of stokehold casing, burst, and pierced the port boiler, both front and back, but luckily missed the boiler tubes. The after compartment was holed below the water line, and the upper deck and funnels of all ships riddled with bullets.

 

The quartermaster and pilot in the conning tower of H.M.S. "Mantis" were killed, but the prompt action of her Captain saved her from running ashore. I consider that the excellent spirit of the men and skilful handling of the ships by their Captains in a difficult and unknown shallow river were most praiseworthy.

 

11. We thus passed the enemy rearguard, and large numbers of the retreating Turkish Army were on our starboard beam. I opened rapid fire from all guns that would hear (this included heavy and light guns, pom-poms, maxims, and rifles), and at this short range we did enormous execution, the enemy being too demoralised to reply, except in a very few cases.

 

We were also able to shoot down some of their gun teams, which they deserted, and several guns thus fell into the hands of our forces when going over this ground.

 

12. The vessels ahead were now in easy range, and several small craft stopped and surrendered, including the armed tug "Sumana," which we had left at Kut during the siege, and had been captured at the fall of that place.

 

About 5.20 p.m. the large Turkish steamer "Basra" stopped and surrendered when brought to by a shell from H.M.S. "Tarantula,'' which had, I was afterwards informed, killed and wounded some German machine gunners. The "Firefly " kept up a heavy fire from her 4-inch gun, but our reply began to tell on her, and having been hit several times she ran into the bank and fell into our hands about 6.15 p.m. in the north-west part of the Zaljah reach, to westward of Umm al Tubul.

 

The "Pioneer" having been badly hit by "Mantis," was in flames near her, and some barges laden with munitions in the vicinity.

 

The Turks had endeavoured to set fire to the "Firefly's" magazine, but we were able to put it out and took possession of her at once, and I put a prize crew on board and hoisted the White Ensign.

 

Darkness now came on, and I considered it inadvisable to go on further, as we were far ahead of our troops.

 

I placed Lieutenant John P. Bradley, R.N.R. (of H.M.S. "Proserpine") in temporary command of H.M.S. "Firefly," with a small crew, and we moved out of the way of the burning "Pioneer," anchored for the night, and buried our men who had been killed.

 

13. We remained in the vicinity the following day, and I sent the "Moth" back to Basra for repairs, and the prizes down river The advance of our Army continued, and we reached Aziziyah on 1st March. Here the Turks had abandoned more guns and again retreated. I was joined here by H.M.S. "Waterfly."

 

The pursuit was continued on 5th March, and our cavalry again engaged the enemy rearguard near Lajj, but we were unable to distinguish anything owing to a dense sandstorm.

 

14. We arrived at Ctesiphon on the 6th, finding the strong position there deserted, and next day arrived in gun-range of the enemy position on the north bank of the Dialah River, which joins the Tigris on the left bank about eight miles below Baghdad.

 

In attacking this position we again came under heavy fire from the Turkish guns, to which we briskly replied. During the night of the 10th-11th the enemy evacuated the position, as some of our troops had crossed the Dialah, and others were carrying out a wide flanking movement on the right bank to the south-west and west of Baghdad.

 

An attempt had also been made to send two motor lighters full of troops to land them on the left bank above the Dialah on the night of 10th March. One of them, however, grounded in the shallow river in gun range of the enemy. I sent H.M. Ships "Tarantula" and "Snakefly" to assist, and "Tarantula" rendered valuable assistance by extricating the motor lighter from her dangerous position before daylight.

 

15. The Baghdad railway was seized early on the 11th March.

 

I proceeded up river with the gunboat flotilla, which included H.M.S. "Firefly," Lieutenant-Commander C. J. F. Eddis in command, during the day, with minesweepers ahead, and arrived at the Citadel at Baghdad in H.M.S. "Mantis" at 3.40 p.m., on Sunday, 11th March. Paddle Steamer No. 53, having on board Sir F. S. Maude and Staff, being in company with the Flotilla.

 

The pursuit of the enemy was continued up river, and two iron barges captured.

 

16. I have much pleasure in bringing to your notice the excellent behaviour and spirit of the Captains, Officers, and men under my command during these operations, which were, in my opinion, worthy of the great traditions of His Majesty's Service.

 

In conclusion, I desire to express how greatly the Naval Forces serving in Mesopotamia have always been indebted to the Military and Political services for never-failing help and assistance on all occasions.

 

I have the honour to be, Sir, Your obedient Servant,

Wilfrid Nunn, Captain and S.N.O., Mesopotamia.

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I have the honour to submit the following for special mention, promotion, honours or awards:

 

Officers.

 

H.M.S. "Tarantula."

 

Commander Henry G. Sherbrooke, R.N. For skilful handling of his ship, and especially on 26th February, when he contributed largely to the success of the operations.

 

Lieutenant J. P. Bradley, R.N.R. For coolness under fire on all occasions. Lieutenant Bradley did very good work by personally taking the captured Turkish steamer "Basra " down the river laden with enemy wounded.

 

Sub-Lieutenant G. A. Feilman, R.N.V.R. For coolness and resource under very heavy fire, in firing with machine guns on the Turkish infantry and machine guns, when all other men were employed in working the main armament of 6-in., 12-pdr. and pompoms.

 

Surgeon J. C. Kelly, R.N. Attended to wounded whilst fire was at its hottest in an exposed position.

 

H.M.S. "Mantis."

 

Commander Bernard Buxton, R.N. For good work done on all occasions. His prompt action under heavy fire on 26th March saved H.M.S. "Mantis" from running aground in a critical position.

 

Surgeon James P. Shorten, R.N. Continued to dress and attend to the wounded in the open while under very heavy fire.

 

Sub-Lieutenant E. C. W. Vane Tempest, R.N.V.R. Was in charge of the gunnery of the ship, and while under hot fire he did his duty with coolness. At one time he personally worked a maxim though wounded.

 

H.M.S. "Moth."

 

Lieutenant-Commander Charles H. A. Cartwright, R.N. For excellent handling of his ship and gallant conduct on all occasions under fire, and particularly on 26th February, 1917. I submit that this officer is fully worthy of special promotion.

 

Surgeon Frederick G. E. Hill, R.N. Who, finding a man wounded on the battery deck, gallantly, under heavy fire, carried him into the sick bay to dress his wounds. Whilst doing this, the man received another wound through his throat, and Surgeon Hill himself received a nasty wound in his forearm. Nevertheless, although in considerable pain, and until his arm became too stiff to use it, he proceeded to dress and attend to all the wounded on board.

 

Lieutenant John H. A. Wood, M.C., R.N.V.R. Who was severely wounded while firing a machine gun in a totally exposed position.

 

H.M.S. " Snakefly."

 

Lieutenant R. P. D. Webster, R.N. Has shown judgment and resource on many occasions under fire.

 

H.M.S. "Flycatcher."

 

Lieutenant Hugh Lincoln, R.N.R. For good work while in command of H.M. ships "Comet" and "Flycatcher," and he has carried out the duty of forward observing Officer under fire in a very satisfactory manner.

 

H.M.S. "Gadfly."

 

Commander Ernest K. Arbuthnot, R.N. During the recent advance to Baghdad I have found this officer's knowledge and experience of great benefit, and he has shown great coolness under fire on all occasions.

 

Temporary Surgeon Robert G. Elwell, R.N. Has rendered valuable service under fire on many occasions.

 

H.M.S. "Proserpine."

 

Lieutenant Cecil G. Hallett, R.I.M. Has given me most valuable help throughout the campaign, and has carried out the gunnery duties for the Squadron. His experience, particularly of spotting the enemy gun positions, is of great value, and he has frequently done this under fire.

 

Men.

 

H.M.S. "Tarantula."

 

Chief Petty Officer W. B. Ayre, O.N. 171045 (Ch.).

Chief Engine Room Artificer H. Lovell, O.N. 268831 (Ch.).

Leading Seaman H. M. J. Thompson, O.N. 236295 (Ch.).

Able Seaman W. Stephenson, O.N. 234863 (Ch.).

 

H.M.S. "Mantis."

 

Chief Engine Boom Artificer, 2nd Class, Alexander Greig, O.N. M. 17441 (Ch.).

Petty Officer James Revell, O.N. 208740 (Ch.).

Petty Officer William H. Saunders, O.N. J5200 (Ch.).

Stoker Petty Officer Edward S. Crossman, O.N. 287047 (Ch.).

Leading Telegraphist Sydney W. Boulter, J15349 (Ch.).

 

H.M.S. "Moth."

 

Acting Chief Engine Room Artificer, 4th Class, William J. Hollies, O.N. M. 12130 (Ch.).

Stoker Petty Officer George T. Hasler, O.N. K1366 (Ch.).

Signalman Charles Poulter, B.N.V.B., O.N. London Z/3247 (Ch.).

Telegraphist Herbert W. Prior, O.N. J.32080 (Ch.).

Able Seaman Alfred E. Lucas, O.N. J.15975 (Ch.).

Able Seaman Percy W. Dean, R.F.R., Chatham B.3950 O.N. 209195 (Ch.).

Stoker John Farrell, R.N.R., O.N. S.8533.

 

H.M.S. "Snakefly."

 

Stoker Petty Officer John W. Mallinson, O.N. 303741 (Dev.).

Leading Telegraphist Martin L. Elliott, O.N. J.29215 (Dev.).

 

H.M.S. " Gadfly.''

 

Petty Officer, 1st Class, Ronald Godfrey Robinson, O.N. 198809 (Po.).

Engineroom Artificer, 2nd Class, Leonard Ernest Brown, O.N. 271864 (Po.).

 

The following are recommended for good services at the base, which contributed largely to the successful operations:

Captain Cathcart B. Wason, C.M.O., R.N.

Staff Surgeon Thomas W. Jeffery, R.N., H.M.S. "Proserpine."

Staff Surgeon George G. Vickery, R.N., H.M.S. "Dalhousie."

Engineer Lieutenant-Commander Stanley W. Cooke, lately of H.M.S. "Proserpine."

Paymaster Herbert G. Cavanagh, R.N, H.M.S. "Dalhousie."

Lieutenant A. H. B. Gray, R.I.M., H.M.S. "Dalhousie."

Chief Gunner Patrick J. O'Connor, R.N., H.M.S. "Dalhousie."

Carpenter William Brown, R.N., H.M.S. " Proserpine."

 

(Sgd.) W. NUNN,

Captain and S.N.O., Mesopotamia.

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Central Chancery of the Orders Of Knighthood,

 

The KING (is) pleased to give orders for the following appointment to the Most Honourable Order of the Bath in recognition of the services mentioned in the foregoing despatch:

 

To be Additional Member of the Military Division of the Third Class, or Companions, of the said Most Honourable Order:

Captain Wilfrid Nunn, C.M.G., D.S.O., Royal Navy.

________

 

Admiralty, 21st September, 1917.

 

The KING (is) pleased to give orders for the following appointments to the Distinguished Service Order and for the award of the Distinguished Service Cross to the undermentioned Officers in recognition of their services as mentioned in the foregoing despatch:

 

To be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order.

Commander Bernard Buxton, R.N.

Commander Henry G. Sherbrooke, R.N.

Commander Ernest K. Arbuthnot, R.N.

Surgeon Frederick G. E. Hill, R.N.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Cross.

Lieut. Robert P. D. Webster, R.N.

Act. Lieut. John P. Bradley, R.N.R.

Lieut. Hugh Lincoln, R.N.R.

Lieut. John H. A. Wood, M.C., R.N.V.R.

Sub. Lieut, (act. Lieut.) Ernest C. W. Vane-Tempest, R.N.V.R.

Sub-Lieut. Gerald A. Feilmann, R.N.V.R.

Surgeon James C. Kelly, R.N.

Surgeon James P. Shorten, R.N.

Surgeon Robert G. Elwell, B.N.

 

The following awards have also been made:

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Medal.

Chief Petty Officer W. B. Ayre, O.N. 171045 (Ch.).

Petty Officer, 1st Class, Ronald G. Robinson, O.N. 198809 (Po.).

Petty Officer James Revell, O.N. 208740 (Ch.).

Leading Seaman H. M. J. Thompson, O.N. 236295 (Ch.).

Able Seaman Alfred E. Lucas, O.N. J.15975 (Ch.).

Able Seaman W. Stephenson, O.N. 234863 (Ch.).

Signalman Charles Poulter, R.N.V.R., O.N. London 3/3247 (Ch.).

Leading Telegraphist Sydney Boulter, O.N J.15349 (Ch.).

Leading Telegraphist Martin L. Elliott, O.N. J.29215 (Dev.).

Telegraphist Herbert W. Prior, O.N. J.32080 (Ch.).

Chief E.R.A. H. Lovell, O.N. 268831 (Ch.).

Chief E.R.A., 2nd Class, Alexander Greig, O.N. M.17441 (Ch.).

Act. Chief E.R.A., 4th Class, William J. Holliss, O.N. M.12130 (Ch.).

E.R.A., 2nd Class, L. E. Brown, O.N. 271864 (Po.).

Stoker P.O. Edward S. Crossman, O.N. 287047 (Ch.).

Stoker P.O. George T. Hasler, O.N. K.1366 (Ch.).

Stoker P. O. John W. Mallinson, O.N. 303741 (Dev.).

Stoker John Farrell, R.N.R., O.N. S.8533.

 

The following Officers are mentioned in despatches for service on the Euphrates:

Lieut.-Commander Alexander B. Chalmer, R.N.

Lieut. Aubrey C. Thursfield, R.N.

Lieut. Richard J. A. Harding, R.N.V.R.

 

 

30305 - 25 SEPTEMBER 1917

 

NYASALAND OPERATIONS

ARMY DESPATCH dated 30 April 1917

(excerpts)

 

War Office, 25th September, 1917.

 

The Colonial Office has forwarded for publication the following Despatch on military operations in the Nyasaland Protectorate:

 

From the Governor of Nyasaland,

To the Secretary of State for the Colonies.

 

Government House, Zomba, Nyasaland, 30th April, 1917

 

SIR:

I have the honour to transmit herewith a despatch from Brigadier-General Edward Northey, C.B., A.D.C., in which he submits the names of various officers, non-commissioned officers and men serving under him for mention in despatches. The despatch reached me only on the 26th instant. ….

 

5. The services of Temporary Major Charles Thorburn as Officer Commanding Base and Lines of Communication and of Lieutenant-Commander G. H. Dennistoun, D.S.O., R.N., in command on Lake Nyasa, are dealt with by General Northey. ….

 

I have, etc.,

G. SMITH, Governor

________

 

From Brigadier-General E, Northey, C.B., A.D.C., Commanding Nyasaland-Rhodesia Force.

To His Excellency the Governor and Commander- in-Chief, Zomba, Nyasaland.

 

Ubena, German East Africa, 10th March, 1917.

….

 

Our supplies have come forward from south of Lake Nyasa regularly and satisfactorily, under great difficulties; I am sure Your Excellency will agree with me as to the valuable services rendered by Lieutenant-Commander G. H. Dennistoun, D.S.O., R.N., in command on Lake Nyasa, and by Temporary Major Charles Thorburn, Reserve of Officers, as Officer Commanding base and lines of communication, and by all those working under them, whose work, though far from the fighting line, has been none the less arduous throughout the campaign. ….

 

I have, etc.,

EDWARD NORTHEY, Brigadier-General, A.D.C., Commanding, Nyasaland-Rhodesia Force.

 

 

30308 - 25 SEPTEMBER 1917

 

War Office, 26th September, 1917.

 

His Majesty the KING has been pleased to confer the undermentioned rewards for gallantry and distinguished service in the field.

(included in Army lists)

Awarded the Military Cross.

T./Sub-Lt. Arthur Bruce Geden, R.N.V.R.

T./Lt. Sydney Herbert Wood, R.M. Arty.

 

 

30312 - 25 SEPTEMBER 1917

 

War Office, 28th September, 1917.

 

 His Majesty The KING (is) pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the Field to the undermentioned Ladies, Non-commissioned Officers and Men:

(included in Army lists)

RMA/1024 (S) A./Bomdr. L. Hinchliffe, R.M.A. (Normanton)

R.M.A.1390 (S) Gnr. A. Hutchison, R.M.A. (Greenock) 

 

 

30316 - 28 SEPTEMBER 1917

 

NAVAL GALLANTRY AWARDS

 

Honours for Miscellaneous Services.

 

Chancery of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George,

 

The KING (is) pleased to give directions for the following appointments to the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George:

 

To be Additional Members of the Third Class, or Companions, of the said Most Distinguished Order:

Capt. Harry Hesketh Smyth, D.S.O., R.N.

Capt. Frederick Shirley Litchfield-Speer, D.S.O., R.N.

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Admiralty, 1st October, 1917.

 

The KING has further been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointments to the Distinguished Service Order and for the award of the decorations specified below to the undermentioned Officers:

 

To be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order:

Capt. Walter Reginald Glynn Petre, R.N.

Capt. Lockhart Leith, R.N.

Lieut.-Cdr. (actg. Cdr.) John May, R.N.

Engr. Cdr. John Mann, R.N.R.

Engr. Lieut.-Cdr. John Quinne, R.N.R.

 

To receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order:

Capt. Berwick Curtis, D.S.O., R.N.

Cdr. (actg. Capt.) Edgar Eobert Morant, D.S.O., R.N.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Cross:

Lieut. Jocelyn Heneage Drummond, R.N.

Lieut. Arthur Rowland Banks, R.N.

Lieut. Neville Duncan Burleigh Taylor, R.N.

Lieut. John Cracroft-Amcotts, R.N.

Payr. Roger Ernest Worthington, R.N.

Lieut. William Avern, R.N.R.

Lieut. Claude Bennett Walker, R.N.R.

Lieut. William Birtles, R.N.R.

Engr. Lieut. William Peterson, R.N.R.

Actg. Lieut. John Henderson Jack, R.N.R.

Actg. Lieut. Charles Thomas Wilson, R.N.R.

Ch. Gnr. John Steel, R.N.

Ch. Gnr. Leonard Parsons, R.N.

Gnr. (T.) Alexander George Stock, R.N.

Gnr. (T.) Albert William Grose, R.N.

 

To receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Cross:

Lieut. Rodolph Henry Fane De Salis, D.S.C., R.N.

 

The following awards have also been approved:

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Medal.

A.B. Arthur John Robert Brunton, O.N. J18645 (Ch.).

A.B. Albert Hollands, O.N. 201646 (R.F.R. Ch./B8297).

C.P.O. Teleg. Frederick Wilkinson, O.N. 204149 (Ch.).

P.O. Stephen Henry Bushell, O.N. 216859

Elect. Art., 2nd Cl., Herbert Stephenson, O.N. M1487 (Ch.).

Act. Arm. Percy Howick, O.N. 344900 (Ch.).

A.B. John Skene, O.N. 232381 (Ch.).

Yeo. Sigs. John Thirsk, O.N. 188930 (Ch.).

Sto. P.O. Sydney Blackman, O.N. 152429 (Ch.).

P.O. John Rock, O.N. 183674 (Ch.).

Shipwt., 2nd Cl., Frederick John Archer, O.N. M1765 (Ch.).

Ldg. Sto. Joseph Priestley, O.N. S.S. 106181 (R.F.R. Ch./B9165).

P.O. David Engeham, O.N. 179301 (Ch.).

Ldg. Sea. William Sheppard, O.N. J7065 (Ch.).

P.O. Teleg. William Henry Dewell, O.N. J1273 (Ch.).

A.B. John Thomas Hill, O.N. 237392 (Ch.).

A.B. William Josiah Hazel, O.N. J11956 (Ch.).

Ch. Arm. Albert John Hasemore, O.N. 340066 (Ch.).

A.B. Charles Edward Scott, O.N. 182123 (Po.).

P.O. William James Day, O.N. 223407 (Po.).

P.O. Timothy Dineen, O.N. 194221 (Po.).

A.B. Samuel Henry Wegg, O.N. 214385 (Po.).

A.B. Robert John Squires, O.N. 215816 (R.F.R. Po./B6519).

P.O. Caleb Uden, O.N. 205608 (Ch.).

Yeo. Sigs. Walter Seager Briden, O.N. 184374 (Ch.).

Ldg. Sea. Albert Edward Line, O.N. J4872 (Ch.).

C.P.O. Major Sowter, O.N. 183090 (Dev.).

A.B. William Ferguson, R.N.V.R., O.N. Z7837 (Tyne).

Yeo. Sigs. James Ernest Heasman, O.N. 214889 (Ch.).

Ldg. Sto. Harold Wright, O.N. K.5000 (Ch.).

A.B. Alfred Brett Topple, O.N. 158905 (Ch.).

A.B. Seth Sheard, O.N. J18378 (Ch.).

Elect. Art., 2nd Cl., William Morris, O.N. M8864 (Po.).

Sergt. Alfred Benjamin Cox, R.M.L.I., No. Po./6416.

Trmr. Leonard Clarkson, M.M.R.

Storekpr. Robert Edson, M.M.R., No. 356529.

Fireman George Leonard Rees, M.M.R., No. 795831.

Fireman Barclay McCann, M.M.R., No. 458641.

Fireman William McCormack, M.M.R., No. 914965.

Donkeyman Claude Nelthorpe, M.M.R.

Greaser Walter Carr, M.M.R., No. 441745.

Fireman Arthur Neilson, M.M.R.

 

The following Officers and Men have been mentioned in Despatches.

Engr. Cdr. William Henry Fox, R.N.R.

Engr. Cdr. Bertie Prophet, R.N.R.

Lieut. Frederic Dowse, R.N.R.

Engr. Lieut. Neil Gordon, R.N.R.

Asst. Payr. Cyril Duncan Cross, R.N.R.

Asst. Payr. Reginald Tom Holder, R.N.R.

Ch. Gnr. Herbert John Rose, R.N.

A.B. John Berry, O.N. 194762 (R.F.R. Ch./ B7988).

A.B. John Arthur Thomas Cusick, O.N. J20042 (Ch.).

C.P.O. Price Foulkes, O.N. 201329 (Ch.).

Act. Ch. Shipwt. Charles Arthur Riddle, O.N. M10412 (Ch.).

A.B. Albert Clegg, O.N. 213973 (Dev.).

2nd Writer Harold Devenport, O.N. M2077 (Ch.).

Act. Ldg. Sto. Percy Blake, O.N. SS103595 (R.F.R. Ch./B7908).

A.B. Christopher McCallum, O.N. J2198 (Ch.).

Ch. Arm. James Heddie Angus, O.N. 340002 (Ch.).

A.B. John Richards Bartlett, O.N. J26181 (Ch.).

P.O. John Lion Maw, O.N. 236830 (Ch.).

C.P.O. Thomas Cheeseman, O.N. 169485 (Ch.).

A.B. Kitchen Mackay, O.N. J19258 (Ch.).

A.B. Leonard Hitchcock, O.N. 218392 (Ch.).

A.B. John Roberts, O.N. 213642 (Ch.).

Act. Arm. Maurice John Brading Smith, O.N. M2871 (Ch.).

A.B. Harry Cornford, O.N. 227286 (Po.).

A.B. George Edwin Freeman, O.N. J22195 (Po.).

Ldg. Sea. Thomas Sharp, O.N. 206578 (Po.).

A.B. Thomas George Hiscock, O.N. 206602 (Po.).

A.B. Herbert Parsons, O.N. 215055 (Po.).

Ldg. Sig. Alfred Lowden, O.N. 229112 (Po.).

Ldg. Carp. Crew. Alan Henry Grant, O.N. M4918 (Po.).

1st Writer Percy Stanley Dollimore, O.N. 347365 (Ch.).

P.O. Evelyn Wood, O.N. (200990 (Ch.).

Ldg. Sea. Albert Victor Sadler, O.N. 218777 (Ch.).

A.B. James Sullivan, O.N. 196821 (R.F.R. Dev./B4446).

Ldg. Sto. Charles Harris, O.N. K5416 (Po.).

A.B. Thomas Reid, O.N. 22J504 (Ch.).

Sto., 1st Cl., George Edward Dawson, O.N. K9582 (Ch.).

A.B. Horace Glen Sidders, O.N. SS3822 (Ch.).

Greaser Frederick Ellis, M.M.R.

Sto. P.O. John Murray, R.N.R., O.N. 1165U.

Greaser William Russell, M.M.R. No. 923217.

Greaser John Gilbert, M.M.R. No. 611952.

Fireman George Richard Nice, M.M.R. No. 609275.

Greaser William Chance, M.M.R. No. 692099.

Fireman Charles Albert Galloway, M.M.R. No. 707475.

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Honours for the Royal Naval Air Service.

 

The KING (is) pleased to approve of the award of the following honours, decorations and medals to Officers and Men of the Royal Naval Air Service:

 

(1) For services on patrol duties and submarine searching in Home Waters:

 

To be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order.

Wing Cdr. Robert Peel Ross, R.N.

Act. Cdr. Owen Hugh Knox Maguire, R.N.

 

To receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order.

Wing Cdr. Arthur Wellesley Bigsworth, D.S.O., R.N.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Cross.

Flt. Cdr. George Fred Breese, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Cdr. Arthur Quilton Cooper, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Cdr. John Sylvester Wheelwright, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Cdr. James Gardner Struthers, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Cdr. Clarence MacLaurin, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. John Anthony Carr, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. Frederic William Walker, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. Charles Sydney Coltson, R.N.

Flt. Lieut. John Francis Dixon, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. Arthur Stanley Elliott, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Thomas Godfrey Currie Wood, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. William Jerome de Salis, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Lieut. Arthur Leslie Simms, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Harold Marsh Morris, R.N.A.S.

 

To receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Cross.

Sqdrn. Cdr. Frederick Joseph Rutland, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Medal.

Air Mech., 1st Gr., James Moran Quail, O.N. F.8381.

Ldg. Sea. Herbert George Cook, O.N. 230789 (Po.) (now Warrt. Offr., 2nd Gr.).

E.R.A., 3rd Cl., William Fleetwood Shaw, O.N. 271948 (Po.).

Air Mech., 1st Gr., Arthur John Redman, O.N. F.7470.

Air Mech., 2nd Gr., William Richmond Liddiard, O.N. F.13497.

C.P.O. Mech., 3rd Gr. (E.), John George Cockburn, O.N. F.8627.

Air Mech., 1st Gr. (E.), Edward McCormack, O.N. F.8678.

Ldg. Mech.., George Curzon Thomas, O.N. F.3125.

Air Mech., 1st Gr., Christopher Harrison, O.N. F.9484.

P.O. Mech. Ernest Edward Turner, O.N. F.364.

C.P.O. Norman Boles Holmes, R.N.R., O.Nfownsin. 302 WTS.

Ldg. Mech. Thomas Brown Thompson, O.N. J.13350.

Air Mech. 1st Gr., Walter Fairnie, O.N. F.11069.

P.O. Mech. Henry Say, O.N. F.3212.

C.P.O. Mech., 3rd Gr., Gofton Jarratt, O.N. F.2588.,

C.P.O. Mech., 2nd Gr., John Smith, O.N. F. 4200.

C.P.O. Mech., 3rd Gr., Joseph Martin Beard, O.N. F.618.

Air Mech., 2nd Gr., George Leslie Wright, O.N. F.9964.

Air Mech., 2nd Gr., Hugh Martin Lewis; O.N. F.8525.

Air Mech., 2nd Gr., Dudley Alfred Alderton, O.N. F.13047.

Air Mech., 2nd Gr., Charles Turl, O.N. F.9807.

C.P.O. Mech., 2nd Gr., Walter Edwin Bradley, O.N. F.3646.

Act. Air Mech., 1st Gr., Henry Douglas Gregory, O.N. F.8820.

W.T.Op. Arthur Kirk Wise, R.N.R., O.N. 389 WTS.

Act. Air Mech., 1st Gr., Charles Martin Michael McCarthy, O.N. F.13474.

Air Mech., 2nd Gr., John White, O.N. F. 10369.

Ldg. Mech. Gerald Harding Daly, O.N. F.5120.

P.O. Mech. Charles Percy Litchfield, O.N. F.3630.

Ldg. Mech. Thomas Neil Bore, O.N. F.3616.

Air Mech. 2nd Gr., Stanley Arthur Jefferies, O.N. F.5783.

Ldg. Air Mech. Norman Hugh Jenkins, O.N. F.3663 (now Prob. Obs. Offr., R.N.A,S.).

 

To receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Medal.

C.P.O. Mech., 3rd Gr., Vernon Frank Whatling, O.N. 238581 (Ch.).

 

The following Officers and men have been mentioned in Despatches:

Wing Cdr. John Norman Fletcher. R.N.A.S.

Sqdrn. Cdr. Charles Robert Finch Noyes, R.N.

Sqdrn. Cdr. James William Ogilvy Dalgleish, R.N.

Sqdrn. Cdr. Lancelot Tomkinson, R.N.

Wing Cdr. Frederick Lewis Maitland Boothby, R.N.

Flt. Cdr. Eric Bentley Beauman, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Cdr. Irving Henry Bebby Hartford, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Cdr. Gerald Edward Livock, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Cdr. Fred George Darby Hards, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.

Flt. Cdr. William Hutcheon Watt, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Cdr. John Beresford Cole-Hamilton, R.N.

Act. Flt. Cdr. Albert Durstan, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. John Augustus Barron, R.N.

Flt. Lieut. Edward Keith Henry Turnour, R.N.

Lieut. James Michael Burke, R.N.V.R.

Flt. Lieut. Harold Anderson Pailthorpe. R.N.A.S. (since killed).

Flt. Lieut. Charles Joseph Hallinan, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. Charles Winter Scott, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. Sidney Enfield Taylor, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. George Francis Meager. R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. Thomas Henry Newton, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. John Osborn Galpin, D.S.C., R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. George Ritchie Hodgson, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Frederick Stanley Mills, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Kenneth Gordon Boyd, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Hary Logan Frazer McLean. R.N.A.S.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Frank Hugh McMaster, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. Olive Stewart Iron, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Sub-Lieut. .William Forster Dickson, R.N.A.S.

Obs. Sub-Lieut. David Shearman Earp, R.N.A.S.

C.P.O. Mech., 2nd Gr., James Wrigley, O.N. F.469.

C.P.O. Mech., 2nd Gr., Henry Thornton Duke, O.N. F.17272 (now Warrt. Offr., 2nd Gr.).

C.P.O. Mech., 3rd Gr., Robert William Johnson, O.N. 13837 (Po.).

C.P.O. Mech., 2nd Gr., William Godfrey, O.N. 230931 (Po.).

C.P.O. Mech., 2nd Gr., James Rodger, O.N. M.2435 (Ch.).

Air Mech., 1st Gr., Richard Reekie, O.N. F.8923.

Ldg. Mech., 1st Gr. (E.), George Irwin Smith, O.N. F.3501.

C.P.O. Mech., 3rd Gr., Henry Douglas Lane, O.N. F.692.

Boy Mech. Christopher Kidd, O.N. F.5004.

Ldg. Mech. Robert Connor, O.N. F.4597.

C.P.O. Mech., 3rd Gr., George Edward Franklin, O.N. 239138.

C.P.O. Mech., 2nd Gr., Alfred Joseph Corbitt, O.N. F.54 (now Warrt. Offr., 2nd Gr.).

P.O. Mech. John William Long, O.N. K.2075 (Po.).

P.O. Mech. Charles Regan, O.N. 218371 (Dev.).

Ldg. Mech. George Henry Ellis, O.N. F.3423.

Ldg. Mech. Thomas William Thirlwall, O.N. F.9430.

Air Mech., 2nd Gr., Frank Jones, O.N. F.5785

C.P.O. Mech., 3rd Gr., Thomas Owen Oakes, O.N. 238732 (Ch.).

Ldg. Mech. James Edward Lawrence, O.N. F.8762.

Air Mech., 1st Gr., Duncan McKenzie, O.N. F.760.

Ldg. Mech. Harold Lee, O.N. F.3239.

Ldg. Mech. Edward Bertram Turner, O.N. F.3509.

Air Mech., 2nd Gr., James Ernest Martin, O.N. J.34195.

C.P.O. Mech., 3rd Gr., Wiliam Morgan, O.N. M.2399 (Dev.).

P.O. Mech. Bernard Francis Strand, O.N. F.344.

C.P.O. Mech., 3rd Gr., Henry Edmond Bennell, O.N. 234260 (Ch.).

C.P.O. Mech., 3rd Gr., Harry James Richer, O.N. F.303.

Air Mech., 2nd Gr., Edward Cornish Carter, O.N. F.9726.

Ldg. Mech. Arthur Herbert Gaunt, O.N. F.785.

P.O. Mech. Sidney James Heath, O.N. 201503 (Po.).

Ldg. Mech. Sidney James Leith. O.N. F.3516.

C.P.O. Frank Stanley Close, R.N.R., O.N. 326 WTS.

Air Mech., 2nd Gr., Douglas Thomas Williams O.N. F.6537.

Air Mech., 1st Gr. (E.), Walter Lionel Le Maitre, O.N. F.3937.

P.O. Mech. Leslie Stoakes, O.N. F.3346.

Air Mech., 1st Gr., Fred Victor Griffin, O.N. F. 12487.

Ldg. Mech. William Joseph Baker, O.N. F.5926,

Air Mech., 2nd Gr., George Herbert Windsor, O.N. F.8790.

Ldg. Mech. (E.) Frederick William Avery, O.N. F.3209.

 

(2) For services in reconnaissance and bombing flights in the Eastern Mediterranean:

 

To be a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.

Wing Capt. Francis Rowland Scarlett, R.N.

 

To receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order.

Wing Cdr. Joseph Ruscombe Wadham Smyth-Pigott, D.S.O., R.N.

Sqdrn. Cdr. Cecil Francis Kilner, D.S.O., R.N.A.S. (Capt., tempy. Maj., R.M.L.I.).

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Cross.

Sqdrn. Cdr. Herbert Stanley-Adams, R.N.A.S.

 

To receive the Distinguished Service Medal.

C.P.O. Mech., 3rd Gr., Alfred Palmer Marchant, O.N. 232250 (Ch.) (now Warrt. Offr., 2nd Gr.).

Air Mech., 1st Gr. (C), Herbert Maurice Green, O.N. F.7728.

Air Mech., 1st Gr., Arthur Carder, O.N. F.2290.

Air Mech., 1st Gr., Albert Edward King, O.N. F.4373.

C.P.O. Mech., 1st Gr., Harry Earll, O.N. 340416 (Ch.).

P.O. Mech. William Smith, O.N. F.2096.

Air Mech., 1st Gr. (E), Harold William Wright, O.N. F.2449.

Air Mech., 1st Gr., William Edward Jones, O.N. 217874 (R.F.R., Ch./B5242) (prisoner of war).

 

The following Officers and Men have been mentioned in despatches:

Sqdrn. Cdr. Edwin Harris Dunning, D.S.C., R.N.A.S. (since killed).

Flt. Cdr. Eric Thompson Bradley, R.N.A.S.

Flt. Lieut. Eric Perrin Hicks, R.N.A.S.

Air Mech., 1st Gr., Frederick Ernest Downs, O.N. F.6091.

C.P.O. Mech., 2nd Gr., Ralph Arnold Wells, O.N. F531.

C.P.O. Mech., 3rd Gr., Lance Donald Stewart, O.N. F.229.

Ldg. Mech. Ernest Henry Purdy, O.N. F.1494.

C.P.O. Mech., 2nd Gr., Ernest Whittlesea, O.N. 344343 (Ch.) (now Warrt. Offr., 2nd Gr.).

C.P.O. Mech., 2nd Gr., Charles Parsons, O.N. F.205.

C.P.O. Mech., 3rd Gr., Gilbert Lambourne, O.N. 351591 (Po.) (now Warrt. Offr., 2nd Gr.).

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Special Promotion for Service in Action.

 

The promotion of Commander Charles Henry Aubrey Cartwright, R.N., has been antedated to the 26th February, 1917, in recognition of his services as described in the Despatch published in London Gazette of the 21st September, 1917.

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Foreign Decorations

 

The following Decorations have been conferred by the Allied Powers on Officers of the British Naval Forces for distinguished services rendered during the war:

 

The RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT.

 

The following decorations were conferred by the Russian Government on officers of the Grand Fleet for distinguished services rendered in the Battle of Jutland:

 

Order of St. Anne

 

2nd Class (with Swords).

Capt. Frederic C. Dreyer, C.B.

Capt. George P. Ross, C.B.

Flt. Payr. Victor H. T. Weekes, C.B.

 

Order of St. Stanislas

 

2nd Class (with Swords).

Cdr. Claude F. Allsup.

Cdr. Hugh D. Colville.

Cdr. Charles G. Ramsey.

Cdr. Charles G. C. Sumner.

 

Order of St. Anne

 

3rd Class (with Swords).

Cdr. John C. Tovey.

Eng. Lieut.-Cdr. Percy D. Fulford.

Payr. (act. Staff  Payr.) Leslie N. Sampson.

 

Order of St. Stanislas

 

3rd Class (with Swords).

Lieut. Edward R. B. Kemble.

Lieut. Loben E. H. Maund. Lieut, Irvine G. Glennie.

 

Order of St. Anne

 

Medal

Ch. Gnr. William B. Fuller.

Ch. Gnr. Wilfred J. Curtain.

Ch. Gnr. Frederick Blackwell.

Ch. Gnr. Frederick S. Gidley.

Ch. Gnr. Samuel A. Williamson.

Ch. Gnr. Edward Fox.

Ch. Gnr. George Roberts.

Ch. Gnr. William J. E. Nightingale.

Ch. Gnr. Arthur C. Burgess

Ch. Gnr. Joseph M. Cater.

Ch. Gnr. Jesse H. Mack.

Ch. Gnr. William J. Cann.

Ch. Gnr; Thomas Sandover.

Ch. Gnr. Charles R. Ponton

Ch. Gnr. Hugh C. Pook.

Ch. Gnr. Thomas Sampson.

Ch. Gnr. Charles Bartlett.

Ch. Gnr. Leonard Slight.

Ch. Gnr. Thomas F. Britton.

Ch. Bosn. (now Lieut.) George E. Turner.

Ch. Bosn. John M. Piper.

Ch. Bosn. Samuel J. Staples.

Ch. Bosn. William E. Beabey.

Ch. Bosn. Henry V. Roberts.

Ch. Bosh. William J. H. Westacott.

Ch. Bosn. Albert A. J. Armitage.

Ch. Bosn. Edwin Stark.

Ch. Bosn. William Staples.

Ch. Carp. Roger Cadogan.

Ch. Carp. James W. Dodds.

Ch. Carp. Albert E. Scarlett.

Ch. Carp. Alfred E. Lamb.

Ch. Carp. Frederick E. Dailey, D.S.C.

Ch. Carp. John C. Barber.

Ch. Carp. William J. S. Morrell.

Ch. Carp. Samuel Bounsall.

Ch. Carp. Thomas Longridge.

Ch. Carp. Robert G. Loney.

Ch. Carp. Henry Ham.

Ch. Art. Eng. Howard Douglas.

Ch. Art. Eng. Thomas R. I. Crabb.

Ch. Art. Eng. Walter Dunn.

Ch. Art. Eng. Henry Davis.

Ch. Art. Eng. William A. Hook.

Ch. Art. Eng. John R. Whittaker.

Ch. Art. Eng. Thomas Lowrey.

Ch. Art. Eng. Walter W. E. Wakely.

Comm. Teleg. Perceval Carter.

Gnr. (now Ch. Gnr.) James Dennis.

Gnr. (now Ch. Gnr.) William H. Wildbore.

Gnr. George E. Freeme.

Gnr. Albert E. Seymour.

Gnr. Dennis M. Sullivan.

Gnr. (T) George Lewin.

Gnr. (T) Arthur H. Cruft.

Gnr. (T) George Jarvis.

Gnr. (T) Michael H. Deeney.

Gnr. (T) Robert F. B. Cooper.

Gnr. (T) Alfred F. Peake.

Gnr. (T) William M. Denton.

Gnr. (T) John H. Morgans.

Gnr. (T) James H. Payton.

Gnr. (T) Constantine Doherty.

Gnr. (T) Harry Browning.

Gnr. (T) Harry Renyard.

Gnr. (T) Frederick J. Coulton.

Gnr. (T) William McLoughlin.

Gnr. (T) Alfred E. Hicks.

Bosn. (now Ch. Bosn.) William Davey.

Bosn. (now Ch. Bosn.) Albert E.Warren.

Sig. Bosn. (now Ch. Sig. Bosn.) Charles R. Gibbs.

Sig. Bosn. William H. Clarke.

Sig. Bosn. John Combs.

Carp. Herbert E. Skeens.

Art. Eng. John Mitchell.

Art. Eng. Robert J. Craddock.

R.M. Gnr. Sidney T. Washburn.

 

 
 

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