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The Battle of Le Quesnoy
Honours And Awards to New Zealand Soldiers

The following details were compiled by and have been kindly supplied by Richard Stowers

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

ALLEN, Robert Candlish
Awarded Distinguished Service Order 1917
Bar to Distinguished Service Order
12/3538 Lieutenant-Colonel, Auckland Infantry Regiment, attached 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 2.4.1919, page 4316
Citation, London Gazette 10.12.1919, page 15283
At Le Quesnoy, on 4th November 1918, he displayed great courage and skill in handling his battalion, and the success of his attack greatly assisted the storming of the town. After being wounded he continued to carry out his duties until all objectives were taken. He has previously done good work.
Twice awarded Mentioned in Despatches in 1917
Mentioned in Despatches
London Gazette 11.7.1919, page 8836
For distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty during the period 16th September 1918 to 15th March 1919.

ANDERSON, Allen Draper
Military Medal
23784 Private, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3159
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field east of Le Quesnoy on 4th November 1918. In rounding up small parties of the enemy, shooting those who refused to surrender, and on several occasions fearlessly entering cellars to which the enemy had retreated, killing those who resisted and capturing the remainder, this man’s irresistible dash won the special admiration of his comrades. Later, on reaching the objective, he took a patrol far into the forest, capturing an enemy machine-gun post and its garrison. He displayed throughout the day an extraordinarily high standard of courage and initiative.

ANDERSON, Andrew
Military Medal
16/1252 Private, New Zealand Pioneer (Maori) Battalion
London Gazette 3.7.1919, page 8358, Record No. 3266
For bravery and devotion to duty at Le Quesnoy on 4th November 1918. Anderson accompanied his platoon officer who was detailed to make a reconnaissance and report on condition of a road which it was necessary to put in repair immediately the infantry had gained their objective. The troops detailed to mop up Le Quesnoy were held up on account of heavy machine-gun fire from the ramparts. Nevertheless this Anderson went forward with his officer and returned with important information. All through the operation he displayed great coolness and an utter disregard of danger.

ATHERFOLD, Leslie Joseph
Military Medal
17169 Private (Lance-Corporal), 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3231
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations near Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. During the attack on the morning of the 4th he was in charge of a section which was sent to clear up an enemy machine-gun holding up the advance of his Company. He acted with speed and succeeded in mopping up the gun crew. He then went forward with his section and assisted a crippled platoon to take its objective. Lance-Corporal Atherfold handled his section with exceptional skill and by his courage and determination assisted in the success of the advance. On the objective, while assisting in the re-organisation he was seriously wounded.

BAKER, Frank
Awarded Military Medal 1918
Distinguished Conduct Medal
14556 Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 12.3.1919, page 3392. Citation, London Gazette 2.12.1919, page 14913
For most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, east of Le Quesnoy on 4th November 1918. During the attack, whilst doing consistently good work throughout the day, he rushed two machine-gun posts and captured the garrisons. Later with two men he was instrumental in capturing a battery of 4.2s and 77mm guns, taking prisoner three of the crew. His exceptional coolness and magnificent dash were a very fine example to the men in his platoon.

BARTLE, John Ralph
Military Medal
30742 Private, 1st Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3182
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the 4th inst. during the attack north of Le Quesnoy this man did continuous and gallant work as a Company stretcher-bearer, under very heavy artillery and machine-gun fire. On reaching the point of assembly intense artillery fire was encountered and many casualties resulted so that it became necessary to move troops more distance forward of the enemy barrage line. Pte Bartle remained behind attending to the wounded in the midst of the enemy barrage and after rendering first aid secured other men to assist him in carrying them back. His conduct throughout was magnificent and showed him possessed of great courage and a fine sense of duty.

BEACOCK, John Arthur
Military Medal
33508 Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3163
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field east of Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. This N.C.O. commanded his platoon during the operations on this date with most conspicuous ability and initiative throughout. When at the objective and the barrage was dying away his platoon encountered a hostile battery endeavouring to retire. Quickly realising the situation and with exceptional promptness, he organised a party which, under his leadership, captured the battery and its personnel, which, but to his initiative, would have been able to withdraw. His conduct throughout was conspicuous for personal and fine powers of leadership.

BIRCH, Charles
Distinguished Conduct Medal
36944 Rifleman, 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 12.3.1919, page 3392. Citation, London Gazette 2.12.1919, page 14913
For conspicuous courage and good work. He was one of a light trench-mortar gun team in the attack on Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. He went forward and located a machine-gun which was holding up the advance, enabling the remainder of his gun team to blow out the gun and thus allow the advance to proceed. He, with one other man, then made a daring reconnaissance of the locality from which the machine-gun had been firing and captured and brought in an enemy officer and 27 other ranks.

BLACK, Clarence
Military Medal
59856 Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3179
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the attack north of Le Quesnoy on the 4th November, this N.C.O., together with an Officer and another man, attacked a machine-gun position on the left flank of the Company. Severe enfilade fire was being directed against the troops and in addition to causing casualties was making further progress practically impossible. The situation was critical and called for prompt and dashing action. L/Cpl Black advanced under heavy machine-gun fire across an open stretch of 100 yards firing and rushing alternately until with the two others became to close quarters with the gun crews. Those straight away surrendered and enemy machine-guns were captured. It is without doubt that his prompt and courageous action was the means of saving many lives. His handling of his section throughout the entire action was skilful and his personal leadership of the highest order.

BLENNERHASSETT, Arthur Reginald
Mentioned in Despatches
23070 Lieutenant (Acting Captain), 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 11.7.1919, page 8837, Record No. 3380
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field during the period from 25th February 1918 until killed in action on the 4th November 1918. This officer during the above period displayed a remarkable coolness in action and an unfailing cheerfulness and devotion to duty that inspired those under him and assisted those above him on many occasions.
Killed in action at Le Quesnoy 4.11.1918

BOARD, Sydney
Distinguished Conduct Medal
20290 Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 12.3.1919, page 3392. Citation, London Gazette 2.12.1919, page 14914
For marked gallantry and good work east of Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. Early in the attack, when his platoon officer became a casualty, he took over command of the platoon and led them admirably. His platoon inflicted many casualties on the enemy and captured about 200 prisoners and ten machine-guns. Throughout the attack he displayed fine courage and leadership.

BROWN, James Lawson
Military Cross
9/1391, 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 3.3.1919, page 3253. Citation, London Gazette 4.10.1919, page 12378
For marked gallantry and good work during the attack on Le Quesnoy on 4th November 1918. On reaching the objective he found that the enemy was holding the farm on the road in great strength, and developing a heavy machine-gun fire. With several men he worked round behind the houses and rushed three machine-guns in succession, shooting down the gunners and taking many prisoners.

BYRNE, Norman
Military Medal
61529 Private, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3150
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field east of Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. This man acted as a Company Runner during the operations on this day. He showed splendid resource and skill in negotiating difficult country which enabled him to deliver his messages quickly and expeditiously. He was many times subjected to shelling and intense machine-gun fire, but always pushed on regardless of risk. He is a soldier with a fine conception of his duty.

CARSON, James
Military Medal
3/4238 Private, No 3 Field Ambulance, New Zealand Medical Corps
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3132
For gallantry and devotion to duty. This soldier was in charge of a bearer squad operating near Le Quesnoy. Although repeatedly under sniper and machine-gun fire he led his squad close up to the ramparts of Le Quesnoy and brought in wounded men who were lying out. His coolness under fire and devotion to duty was a fine example to the other men. He kept his squad going till all the wounded in his area were safely evacuated and them went to the aid of other squads who were still bringing in wounded.

CHARTERIS, Robert
Military Medal
11840 Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3157
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field. During the attack at Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918, the advance of this platoon was held up by an enemy machine-gun post. This N.C.O. immediately rushed the post alone, put the gun out of action and captured the crew. His prompt section undoubtedly saved the many lives, and he set a splendid example to his men, nearly all of who had not been in action before. Throughout the operation he behaved with skill and daring, and handled his section in splendid style.

CHITTY, Thomas William
Military Medal
21209 Private, 1st Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3180
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the 4th November during the attack north of Le Quesnoy when the Company to which this man belonged was subjected to rifle fire from houses on the right flank, Pte Chitty, with initiative and daring immediately proceeded with another man to reconnoitre the position and ascertain the strength of the garrison. By skilful scouting under fire he reached the building and effecting an entrance called on the occupants to surrender. During the manoeuvres rifle and machine-gun fire was continuing from the building, but the garrison, taken completely by surprise, surrendered to these two, and as a result 1 Officer, 8 O.R.s [ordinary ranks], and 3 machine-guns were captured here. His skilful and daring action undoubtedly saved many casualties.

CLARK, Horatio Ormely Douglas
Distinguished Conduct Medal
13733 Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 12.3.1919, page 3392. Citation, London Gazette 2.12.1919, page 14914
For most conspicuous courage and good work east of Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. During the attack it became necessary at one stage for his platoon to be split into sections for a mopping-up purposes. He then worked single-handed, fearlessly entering cellars alone, and capturing many prisoners. Later, he noticed one of his sections being held up by a machine-gun. He immediately shot two of the crew, then rushed the post, capturing the gun and making prisoner the remainder of the crew.

COCHRAN, Hector Roy
Military Medal
38664 Private, 2nd Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment, attached Headquarters, 1st New Zealand Infantry Brigade
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3136
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the advance east of Le Quesnoy on 4th November 1918, this soldier was a Brigade Observer, and continuously carried back to Forward Brigade Headquarters messages of the utmost importance. On each occasion he had to travel over exposed ground under heavy machine-gun and shellfire. Pte Cochrane displayed great courage and a total disregard for personal safety. By his devotion to duty he enabled valuable information as to the progress of the front line troops to be expeditiously sent back to Brigade Headquarters.

COOP, Norman
Military Medal
48456 Corporal, 3rd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3236
For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. In the attack near Le Quesnoy on the morning of the 4th November 1918 enemy machine-gun fire from the front and flank was holding up the advance of the front line and the enemy positions could not be located. Rifleman Coop who was No 1 of Lewis gun team, regardless of his own personal safety, worked forward into the open to draw the fire of the guns and thus disclose their exact position. This he did most successfully and Rifleman Pedersen who was his No 2 was enabled to bring his gun into action and put the enemy guns out of action. Rifleman Coop by his fearless bravery saved many casualties and enabled the advance to be successfully carried through. His example of fearless courage was invaluable and greatly inspired his men.

Corporal Norman Coop

COPPELL, Robert William
Military Medal
12/2983 Private, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3184
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the attack on the 4th November north of Le Quesnoy, this man performed gallant work as a Company runner. During one phase of the operation, when his Company was unable to advance on account of severe machine-gun fire from the flank, he was despatched with an important message from his Company Commander to the right Company. His route was swept with machine-gun fire and the risk of his becoming a casualty was such that it seemed improbable that he would succeed in delivering the message. He undertook the mission with this knowledge and went straight for his objective. A man without high courage and a keen sense of duty would never have succeeded where this man did. As a result of the delivery of the message the right flank advanced, the machine-guns were overcome, and the left flank was able to proceed. His conduct throughout the whole operation was of the highest order and is worthy of the highest praise.

COURTNEY, James
Military Cross
10/2902 Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 8.3.1919, page 3253. Citation, London Gazette 4.10.1919, page 12378
For marked gallantry and able leadership. On 4th November 1918, during our operations near Villereau, he was in charge of a leading platoon. When the advance was held up by machine-gun fire, he personally reconnoitred forward, and then leading a party of his men to the flank, rushed the machine-gun, killing a number of the crew and taking the remainder prisoners, also capturing the gun. The capture of this gun undoubtedly saved many casualties.

COWIE, Robert
Military Medal
32822 Company Sergeant-Major, 1st Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3183
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the 4th inst. during the attack north of Le Quesnoy this N.C.O. was responsible for gallant and valuable work in connection with the overcoming of an enemy machine-gun position. The enemy fire was causing casualties to his platoon and Corporal Cowie, with fine skill, detached his section and led it against the strong point. By employing covering fire and rushing part of his section forward he not only engaged the whole attention of the enemy, but eventually got to close quarters and compelled the surrender of 8 men and 2 machine-guns. It is without doubt that the manner in which he grasped and dealt with the situation saved many casualties in his platoon. His dashing leadership inspired all his command.

CRAVEN, William Alfred
Military Medal
42050 Private, 3rd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3230
For conspicuous gallantry and daring in action. In the attack near Le Quesnoy on the morning of the 4th November 1918 Craven and Jenkins as Battalion Runners were sent out with an important message to a Flank Company. The Company could not be found and these runners came under fire of an enemy machine-gun post at close range. Without hesitation both runners rushed the gun killing two of the enemy and wounding one with their revolvers, taking the remaining 4 of the crew back as prisoners and capturing the gun. They reported back to Battalion Headquarters with their prisoners and said the Company could not be located.

CURRIE, John
Military Medal
25676 Private, 3rd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3227
For conspicuous gallantry and coolness in the face of enemy fire. During the attack near Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918 a party of the enemy were making a stout resistance and checking the advance. Currie on his own initiative immediately organised his scouts, three in number, and rushed the position which was strongly held by enemy machine-guns killing 12 of the enemy and capturing 3 machine-guns. The remainder of the enemy fled. His prompt action was a fine example to his men and enabled the advance to be continued without casualties.

DEAN, Edward James
Military Medal
12/2268 Private, 1st Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3175
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the 4th November during the attack north of Le Quesnoy this man did excellent and gallant work throughout. In the absence of the N.C.O. in charge he took command of the Battalion runners and both during and subsequent to the attack arranged runner relay posts and report centres and superintended the carrying and delivery of all messages both to and from the front-line. He worked tirelessly in his efforts to maintain communication with the front-line troops, and to a very large extent it was due to his efforts that reports were received continuously and promptly by Brigade Headquarters giving the situation. His work throughout was of a very high order and deserving of the highest praise.

DENNISTON, Leslie Hunter
Military Cross
14538 Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 8.3.1919, page 3253. Citation, 4.10.1919, page 12378
For gallant leadership in command of a reserve company at Le Quesnoy on 4th November 1918. The centre company suffered severely at the start. He moved his company forward at once, and went on until the capture of the objective, on which he established his company, and succeeded in gaining touch with the flank companies. He had previously organised and directed several successful raids.

DRUMMOND, Ernest Cameron
Military Cross
8/3242, 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 8.3.1919, page 3253. Citation, London Gazette 4.10.1919, page 12379
For conspicuous gallantry and daring near Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. He immediately charged an enemy party, suddenly encountered in the mist, and as the latter were getting the machine-gun into action, fired several revolver shots into their midst. The party, though fully armed, surrendered. The prompt action of this officer saved the attacking troops and their supports from being intercepted.

FERGUSON, Robert Linton
Military Medal
37797 Sergeant, 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3232
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. During the attack on Le Quesnoy the enemy threatened to enfilade the whole of the attacking Company from a machine-gun post sited on the railway line and for some time had the attackers pinned to the ground. Sergeant Ferguson at once led a small party to outflank the post and in spite of heavy machine-gun fire he succeeded in silencing the post. He then returned and led forward the main attack reaching the objective and taking two machine-guns and a number of prisoners.

FERGUSON, William
Distinguished Conduct Medal
24/1933 Rifleman, 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, attached 3rd Light Trench Mortar Battery
London Gazette 3.6.1919, page 6864. Citation, London Gazette 11.3.1920, page 3134
For conspicuous gallantry in front of Le Quesnoy. On 1st November 1918, under heavy fire, he kept his gun in action, thus frustrating an attempted enemy raid on an advanced post. On 4th November, an enemy machine-gun having held up the advance, he got his gun into action and destroyed the machine-gun, thereby enabling the advance to continue, and causing the capture of 30 prisoners.

FEW, Frank
Military Medal
48929 Private (Temporary Corporal), 4th Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3220
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. In the early stages of the advance against Le Quesnoy when his Lewis gun section was held up by heavy machine-gun fire from the strongly defended railway cutting, he crept up alone and bombed the enemy post, later bringing up his section and capturing the gun and the remainder of the garrison. Later he went forward alone and made under heavy fire a reconnaissance of the ramparts of the town bringing back useful information. His fine courage and leadership was an inspiration to all his men.

FINLAY, Charles Power
Military Medal
26/775 Sergeant, 4th Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3229
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the attack on Le Quesnoy on 4th November 1918 when his section was advancing against an enemy machine-gun in action Finlay showed great bravery and initiative in leading his men and working round the gun eventually capturing it. Later, he took charge of a patrol which got forward to the inner ramparts of the town, and, though under continuous fire, he placed his section in good commanding positions and sent back very useful information.

FIX, William Joseph
Military Medal
4/398 Sergeant, 3rd Field Company, New Zealand Engineers
London Gazette 3.7.1919, page 8358, Record No. 3268
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the period August 21st – November 5th. He has handled his section with skill and ability and by his personal example of bravery enabled work to be carried out in trying circumstances particularly on August 30th in clearing the Baugnatre Road near Bapaume, on the 4th September in exploiting water supplies in Bertincourt under heavy shellfire and on the 4th November in constructing an avoiding road round Le Quesnoy under machine-gun and shellfire, to enable the guns to get forward.

FLEMING, Alan
Distinguished Conduct Medal
40200 Rifleman, 4th Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 3.6.1919, page 6864. Citation, London Gazette 11.3.1920, page 3134
During the operations in front of Le Quesnoy from 25th October to 4th November 1918, he displayed the greatest gallantry. Running was particularly dangerous as there were no trenches, and it was carried out under a hail of machine-gun fire. On 4th November, while on a special run, he was severely wounded in the shoulder, but succeeded in delivering the message.

FOSTER, Jonathan Horsfall
Distinguished Conduct Medal
26085 Company Sergeant-Major, 2nd Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 3.6.1919, page 6864. Citation, London Gazette 11.3.1920, page 3135
On 4th November 1918, at Le Quesnoy, when his platoon commander became a casualty he commanded his platoon most successfully. On reaching the final objective they were heavily fired on by two machine-guns from a house. He immediately organised a party and led them forward, capturing the guns, afterwards returning and directing the consolidation of the position.

FRASER, James Walt
Awarded Mentioned in Despatches 1918
Military Cross
7/1230 Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Canterbury Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 3.6.1919, p6838, Record No. 3356
For continuous good work and devotion to duty from midnight 16-17th September 1918 to cessation of hostilities on 11th November 1918. This Officer is the Battalion Transport Officer and has by his own personal disregard for danger and devotion to duty, delivered rations and ammunition to the Battalion under the most trying circumstances. When the Battalion was operating at Mormal Forest, Lieutenant Fraser delivered the rations through a very heavily shelled area, he himself seeing that limbers got safely through the shelling. The example set by this officer throughout the operations has been magnificent.

GERRAND, John Fergusson
Military Medal
31996 Private, 2nd Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3141
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the 4th November 1918, as a Battalion observer he was continually up with the first wave of the attack. He reconnoitred the line of assembly near Villereau and obtained most useful information for the front Companies, including the location of an enemy machine-gun which was holding up the advance. Later, though himself severely wounded, he dressed the wounds of others of his party under heavy shellfire. His perseverance and initiative in making reconnaissances during the advances were a splendid example to all his comrades.

GREENISH, Frank Edgar
Awarded Military Cross 1917
Bar Military Cross
25/954 Captain, 3rd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 3.3.1919, page 3236
Citation, London Gazette 4.10.1919, page 12265
For conspicuous gallantry and coolness in action. In the attack near Le Quesnoy on 4th November 1918, the first objective had been gained and his company was pressing forward to a second objective when they came under very heavy fire, but owing to his fine example at the head of his company they continued the advance. The second objective was gained.

GREENWOOD, James Henry
Awarded Military Medal (Armentieres) and Mentioned in Despatches (Gallipoli) 1916
Military Cross
3/251, 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 8.3.1919, page 3253. Citation, London Gazette 4.10.1919, page 12379
For gallant leadership of a platoon during the attack north of Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. Severe machine-gun fire was encountered on the left flank 100 yards away. He, with two men, immediately attacked this machine-gun nest, advancing 100 yards over open ground swept by fire from the guns. His fine courage and dash caused the surrender of two machine-guns and eight of the enemy.

GRUBB, John
Distinguished Conduct Medal
24/157 Sergeant, 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 12.3.1919, page 3392. Citation, London Gazette 2.12.1919, page 14914
For marked gallantry and good work during the operations near Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. During the attack he led his section with great skill. After clearing two machine-gun posts he encountered a nest of three, and, assisted by a light trench mortar, removed this obstruction and went forward to the objective, taking a large number of prisoners and several machine-guns. By this gallant action he took the objectives of the platoon on the right.

HALDANE, William James
Military Medal
30375 Lance-Corporal, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3161
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field east of Le Quesnoy on 4th November 1918. After reaching the final objective this N.C.O. took out a small patrol, pushing back the enemy another 500 yards and capturing several prisoners. The line was then carried forward. Later he again reconnoitred for 1500 yards ahead, bringing back valuable information which led to his Company again advancing the line. His fine leadership and his cheerful disposition throughout set a fine example to his section.

HALL, Alfred
Military Medal
10/575 Private, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3158
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field east of Le Quesnoy on 4th November 1918. This soldier was the left flank man in the leading wave of the attack, and kept constant touch with the Company on the left, frequently having to fight his way backwards and forwards. His liaison work was of inestimable value to his Company Commander who was kept aware throughout the day of the position of the left Company. He also brought back valuable information concerning enemy positions which enabled his platoon Commander to effectively deal with the obstruction. He worked tirelessly throughout the day.

HALLETT, Ernest Walter
Military Medal
63601 Private, 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3218
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. During the attack on Le Quesnoy on the 4th November Rifleman Hallett, seeing his platoon held up by machine-gun fire, rushed forward and alone with his Lewis gun put the enemy gun out of action. Following this up he rushed the post with his revolver, and, killing one of the enemy, took the rest prisoner. His prompt action and dashing courage were of the highest order and saved many casualties.

HAY, Arthur Cecil
Military Medal
38693 Corporal, 1st Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 20.8.1919, page 10586, Record No. 3392
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the whole phase of the fighting leading up to the capture of Le Quesnoy this N.C.O. performed continuous gallant and skilful work with his Company. On November 4th last during the attack on Le Quesnoy he led his Lewis gun section with conspicuous skill and daring against an enemy machine-gun position which was causing serious trouble to the left flank of his Company. By getting his gun immediately into action and working his men round to the flanks under the covering fire he was able to overcome and capture the enemy position at very small cost. His prompt and dashing tactics undoubtedly saved his Company many casualties and were a source of inspiration to his command.

HENDERSON, Arthur Roy
Military Medal
38697 Private, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3151
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field on 4th November 1918, east of Le Quesnoy. This man acted as Company runner throughout the operation on this date and was instrumental in keeping his Company Commander in close touch with all platoons. He delivered all messages promptly and at times under heavy shellfire, and through difficult country still partly occupied by the enemy. He worked tirelessly during the whole day, and carried out his duties with keenness and enthusiasm.

HODGSON, John Henry
Military Medal
28571 Sapper, 3rd Field Company, New Zealand Engineers
London Gazette 3.7.1919, page 8358, Record No. 3269
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. At Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918, this Sapper was one of a party detailed to carry and place a ladder against the ramparts. On the first attempt the officer in charge of the scaling party was killed, and the party scattered but this man stuck to the ladder and dragged it back, and his coolness and determination resulted in the ladder being available for the next scaling party. He advanced with this party and assisted in placing the ladder in a suitable position thus enabling troops to enter the town.

HOOKER, Archie Cecil
Military Medal
74912 Private, 4th Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3223
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty under heavy machine-gun fire. During the attack on Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918 when the left flank of his Company was “in the air” Hooker successfully carried out a very gallant reconnaissance working across exposed ground under heavy fire until he had established touch with the people on the left. Later, he several times carried messages in the face of heavy machine-gun fire and consistent sniping from the ramparts of the town. His bravery and determination were of a very high standard.

HOPKINS, Charles
Military Medal
61645 Private, 2nd Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3144
For great gallantry and devotion to duty. On 4th November 1918, near Herbignies he led his section with quick perception and initiative against a battery of field guns, capturing them together with the transport and 12 prisoners. He showed great skill and daring, and good leadership.

HOPKIRK, James Alexander David
Military Cross
23/26 Captain, New Zealand Machine Gun Corps
London Gazette 8.3.1919, page 3253. Citation, London Gazette 4.10.1919, page 12379
On the night of 3rd/4th November 1918, near Le Quesnoy, he displayed great courage and devotion to duty. He conducted S.A.A. [small arms ammunition] and rations limbers through an intense gas and high explosive barrage, and established a forward battery position for the operations of 4th November. In the succeeding days of the advance the resourcefulness displayed by him in the supply of S.A.A. and rations to forward guns was a striking lesson to junior officers.
Mentioned in Despatches 1919

HORN, George Walter
Military Cross
10130 Captain, New Zealand Machine Gun Corps
London Gazette 3.6.1919, page 6838, Record No. 3414
On 4th November 1918, during operations in the Foret de Mormal this officer displayed great courage and resourcefulness in operating with the forward guns. His duties necessitated his continually passing through heavy machine-gun and artillery fire. He personally conducted all supplies of S.A.A. [small arms ammunition] and rations over most difficult country, and it was entirely due to his energies that the allotted tasks of the Company were carried out. As a lieutenant this officer commanded a machine-gun company throughout the arduous fighting about Passchendaele in a most capable manner, he was specially mentioned in Sir D. Haig’s Despatch of 7.4.1918. This officer has at all times set a most inspiring example to all ranks, and all duties that he has undertaken during the past three years have been cheerfully and courageously carried out as to deserve special recognition.
Mentioned in Despatches 1918

IRVINE, James
Military Medal
14642 Private, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3054
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field east of Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. During the operations on this date the above man was most conspicuous for good work and tireless energy. His company was working up the course of a river and he repeatedly pushed forward to rush the numerous hostile posts which required prompt attention after the barrage had passed over them. Throughout the action he was tireless in his efforts to locate the enemy and was an inspiration to the men of his section.

JACKSON, Roy Mello
Military Medal
41562 Private, 2nd Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3137
For conspicuous gallantry. On 4th November 1918, when his Company was held up he pushed forward with the Lewis gun and succeeded in wiping out two enemy machine-gun teams which were bringing heavy fire to bear on the Company while getting into position on Blue Dotted Line. His courage and splendid work were a fine example to all and were the means of saving many casualties. His work was continuously brilliant throughout the operations.

JAMES, William Horace
Distinguished Conduct Medal
10/1861 Company Sergeant-Major, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 3.6.1919, page 6864. Citation, London Gazette 11.3.1920, page 3135
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the period from 17th September to 11th November 1918. He acted as Company Sergeant-Major during this period when the battalion was engaged on several occasions in heavy fighting Particularly at Briastre on 11th and 12th October, when his company suffered severe casualties, and at Le Quesnoy on 4th November, he did fine reconnaissance work.

JARDINE, Leonard Handforth
Awarded Military Cross 1916 and Distinguished Service Order 1918
Bar Distinguished Service Order    
10/1049 Lieutenant-Colonel, 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 3.3.1919, page 3225. Citation, London Gazette 4.10.1919, page 12219
For conspicuous gallantry and resource at Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. His battalion was detailed to capture the city. The enemy was holding a railway embankment in front of the city, from which he brought such heavy machine-gun fire to bear on our troops that the attack was temporarily held up. He promptly used his reserve troops with such skill that he overcame the resistance of the enemy and enabled the advance to be continued. Finally, by his gallant, able leadership he was instrumental in bringing about the fall of the city.
Mentioned in Despatches
London Gazette 11.7.1919, page 8837
For distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty during the period 16th September 1918, to 15th March 1919.

JEFFERSON, William Burden
Military Medal
10/4466 Corporal, New Zealand Machine Gun Corps
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3191
For most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in that during the operations at Le Quesnoy on 4th November 1918, when the sergeant of the subsection was killed he assumed command and despite the heavy enemy barrage fire, continued to cover the advance of the infantry. He attended to the wounded under heavy shellfire, and throughout the whole day by his coolness and courage set a very fine example to the men of the subsection.

JENKINS, Frank
Military Medal
25885 Private, 3rd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3219
For conspicuous gallantry and daring in action. In the attack near Le Quesnoy on the morning of the 4th November 1918 Jenkins and Craven as Battalion Runners were sent out with an important message to a Flank Company. The Company could not be found and these runners came under fire of an enemy machine-gun post at close range. Without hesitation both runners rushed the gun killing two of the enemy and wounding one with their revolvers, taking the remaining 4 of the crew back as prisoners and capturing the gun. They reported back to Battalion Headquarters with their prisoners and said the Company could not be located.

JORY, Philip John
Distinguished Service Order
2/657A, Major (Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel), No 2 Field Ambulance, New Zealand Medical Corps
London Gazette 3.6.1919, page 6822, Record No. 3134
Operations around Solesmes, Beaudignies, Le Quesnoy and on edge of Foret de Mormal from 23rd October to 7th November 1918. For gallantry and devotion to duty. This Officer was in charge of the forward evacuations during the advance from Briastre to edge of Mormal Wood. During the whole period he visited the Regimental Aid Posts keeping them clear night and day and although the advance was rapid by his coolness and ingenuity he brought ambulance cars right forward to the advanced posts. Most of this work was done under very heavy shell, machine-gun and sniper fire. Although suffering from the effects of gas during the attack on Beaudignies he kept on and by his devotion to duty and gallantry under fire he was instrumental in getting all the wounded back safely and keeping the posts clear besides being a tower of strength to the Regimental Medical Officers and bearers under his charge. His work has always been of high merit.
Mentioned in Despatches
London Gazette 11.7.1919, page 8837
For distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty during the period 16th September 1918 to 15th March 1919.

KASPER, Harold Ludwig
Military Medal
28153 Sergeant, 2nd Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3139
For conspicuous courage and gallantry. On 4th November 1918, near Villereau when his platoon was held up by four machine-guns, his personal reconnaissances, and quick decision and action, were the means of effectively dispatching the gun crews, and capturing the guns. This prevented the many casualties which otherwise must have been suffered, and enabled the whole Company to advance. His work throughout was most brilliant, and later when the platoon officer was wounded he commanded the platoon efficiently and effectively.

LANE, Thomas
Military Medal
23/2576 Sergeant, 3rd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3215
For skilful leadership and gallantry in action. During the advance near Le Quesnoy on the morning of the 4th November 1918 Sergeant Lane took command of a platoon when the platoon commander became a casualty. He led his platoon in the attack against numerous enemy machine-gun nests inflicting heavy casualties and gaining his objective. His Company Sergeant-Major then became a casualty and Sergeant Lane took over his duties which he carried out in a most skilful and courageous manner. His skilful leadership is worthy of the highest praise.

LANE, William George
Military Medal
3/3827 Private, No 1 Field Ambulance, New Zealand Medical Corps
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3130
Operations in front of Beaudignies and Le Quesnoy from 23rd October to 7th November 1918, and especially on 7th November. For gallantry and devotion to duty. On 23rd October he was sent by a Regimental Medical Officer to the car post to bring up a stretcher squad. On the way back a shell burst killing and wounding the whole of the squad. Although badly shaken and the shellfire was intense this man dressed the wounded and carried them to safety and then went back and brought up another squad under heavy shellfire. He then carried on with his work as a bearer. His coolness under fire and determination to do this duty was a magnificent example to the other bearers and helped the Medical Officer greatly in keeping his post clear.

LANG, Frederick
Distinguished Conduct Medal
47439 Lance-Corporal, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 12.3.1919, page 3392. Citation, London Gazette 2.12.1919, page 14914
For most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty east of Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. He led his section with conspicuous skill, and kept it well under control. At one stage the line was in danger of being held up by an enemy machine-gun post in a hedge, when he rushed forward alone and hacked a way through the obstructing hedge, which enabled his section to push through and envelop the post. He did fine work.

LEPPER, Charles Brison
Awarded Military Medal 1915 (Gallipoli)
Military Cross
10/868, 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 8.3.1919, page 3253. Citation, London Gazette 4.10.1919, page 12379
For conspicuous gallantry in command of a company east of Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. He was mainly responsible for the forming up of his company under machine-gun fire on the correct position, when preparing to pass through the leading battalion, then for keeping proper direction. He then directed the advance over difficult country, directing mopping-up operations and clearing of posts with extraordinary skill and ability.

LINTON, William
Military Medal
39606 Corporal, 3rd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3224
For conspicuous gallantry in action and devotion to duty. In the attack near Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918 Corporal Linton was in charge of a Lewis gun section which came under heavy machine-gun fire, partially checking the advance. Corporal Linton with great promptitude and at great personal risk to himself brought his gun into action and in spite of the heavy enemy fire succeeded in putting the enemy guns out of action thus enabling the advance to proceed. His initiative and courage were a fine example to his men.

LOVEDAY, Leslie George Vivian
Military Medal
10/3938 Private, 2nd Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3140
For conspicuous daring, courage and skill. After the attack on 4th November 1918, near Hereignies. Alone, he rushed forward 2000 yards beyond the line searched by the front Companies on the outskirts of the Foret de Mormal, working his way between parties of the retiring enemy several of whom he shot, and four of whom (including two officers) he captured and brought back as prisoners. The very valuable information thus obtained enabled the Battalion to push on and exploit the successes already gained.

LOVELOCK, Frederick
Military Medal
12/3080 Private, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3153
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field east of Le Quesnoy, on the 4th November 1918. On every occasion this man’s platoon was held up, he gallantly rushed ahead alone to clear the obstructions, thereby allowing the platoon to keep under the barrage. The successful work accomplished by his platoon was in a large measure due to this man’s incomparable fearlessness and dash, which were a magnificent example to his comrades.

LOWE, William Ernest
Military Medal
74877 Private, 4th Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3226
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the operation against Le Quesnoy on 4th November 1918 Lowe volunteered to accompany his officer on a reconnaissance in front of his lines into the ramparts of the town. Under heavy machine-gun fire he assisted in the capture of 7 prisoners and brought them back into our lines. Later, he guided a patrol out to the same spot and was the means of a Lewis gun section being established there. On two different occasions he volunteered to carry important messages across country swept by enemy machine-guns and snipers. In both cases he was successful.

LUND, Walter
Military Medal
47157 Corporal, 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3221
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations near Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. During the attack, when his platoon officer and sergeant were casualties, Corporal Lund took charge of the men in the platoon and went forward to the Company objective. He encountered and captured a machine-gun and by the gallant and skilful handling of his Lewis gun drove his post well forward into the objective and consolidated his position. His work has been of a very high standard throughout the operations and his courage and coolness under fire a great example to his men.

LUXFORD, Maurice George
Military Cross
23/490 Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 8.3.1919, page 3253. Citation, London Gazette 4.10.1919, page 12379
For conspicuous gallantry and energy on the night of 28th/29th October 1918, near Le Quesnoy. When the situation was very obscure he made a complete reconnaissance of the front, greatly assisting in getting the battalion properly disposed. On 30th October he led a daylight patrol, and succeeded in gaining some very valuable information about positions of enemy machine-gun posts. Again, on 4th November, though slightly wounded, he made another daring reconnaissance.

McGILLEN, William Peter
Distinguished Conduct Medal
36472 Company Sergeant-Major, 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 3.6.1919, page 6864. Citation, London Gazette 11.3.1920, page 3135
On 26th October 1918, in front of Le Quesnoy, he took his Lewis gun and five men to a forward position, from which he broke up several attempts by the enemy to counter-attack. He stuck to his advanced position, and, though isolated, held on till he was relieved 36 hours later. On 4th November he personally rushed a house and killed five of the enemy with a bomb and captured 14 more.

McKAY, George Riddal
Military Medal
10/3011 Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 20.8.1919, page 10586, Record No. 3376
For gallantry and consistent devotion to duty in the field from 17th September to 31st December 1918. During this period this non-commissioned officer has carried out his duties as a Platoon Commander and Platoon Sergeant with unflagging energy and enthusiasm and conspicuous success. At Le Quesnoy on 4th November he acted as Company Sergeant-Major and throughout the operations on that date worked with tireless energy and with an utter disregard for personal danger, and his work contributed in a small degree to the success achieved by his Company. He has always shown himself possessed of a high conception of his duties.

MacKAY, William Calder
Military Cross
32527 Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 8.3.1919, page 3253. Citation, London Gazette 4.10.1919, page 12379
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the operations on 4th November 1918, north of Le Quesnoy, he was acting as adjutant. Prior to the attack he made a thorough reconnaissance of the position and supplied information which was of great importance to the battalion. After our troops had reached the Blue Line he reconnoitred the disposition of the battalion under shellfire, and rendered a complete and accurate report on the situation.

McLENNAN, Adolph Duncan
Awarded Military Medal 1917
Bar Military Medal
3/1062 Staff-Sergeant, No 2 Field Ambulance, New Zealand Medical Corps
London Gazette, Record No. 3133
Operations between 23rd October and 7th November 1918 in front of Beaudignies and Le Quesnoy. For gallantry and devotion to duty on 4th November 1918. This N.C.O. was in charge of the forward bearer post near Le Quesnoy. The post was subjected to heavy shellfire both H.E. [high explosive] and gas. In spite of this and although slightly gassed himself this N.C.O. continued doing his duty evacuating the wounded that were coming in. Later on when some wounded that were lying out under sniper fire from the ramparts of Le Quesnoy he organised a squad and brought these men into safety. His continued devotion to duty and coolness under fire was a fine example to the other men and helped greatly in the rapid evacuation of wounded. He worked 48 hours without rest until the Regimental Aid Posts clear.

MacLENNAN, Telford
Military Medal
4/1829, 2nd Corporal, 3rd Field Company, New Zealand Engineers
London Gazette 3.7.1919, page 8358, Record No. 3367
For gallantry and devotion to duty. Near Le Quesnoy on the night of the 3rd/4th November 1918 this N.C.O. erected a road screen to hide the advance of troops to their jumping off line under heavy shellfire and in the morning repaired and maintained it under heavy shellfire until the troops had passed. He then made a reconnaissance of roads in the neighbourhood of Le Quesnoy though these roads were being machine-gunned from the ramparts. He showed coolness, gallantry and skill of a high order.

McQUARRIE, Robert Stirrat
Awarded Military Cross 1916
Distinguished Service Order
2/99 Lieutenant-Colonel, Headquarters, 3rd Brigade, New Zealand Field Artillery
London Gazette 3.6.1919, page 6822, Record No. 3454
During the past six months this officer has commanded continuously either a Brigade or Group of Artillery. He has never once failed to have his batteries in close support of the advancing infantry. During recent action round Le Quesnoy his Group of 3 New Zealand Brigades, leaving neighbourhood of Beaudignies about 12-noon passed Le Quesnoy in the afternoon, and a Brigade had by nightfall advanced as far as Foret de Mormal, and worked its way through this wood the following day, doing its own bridging. By his great energy, initiative and careful reconnaissance, Lieutenant-Colonel McQuarrie has done much to assist in the recent successful operations of the New Zealand Division.
Mentioned in Despatches
London Gazette 11.7.1919, page 8836
For distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty during the period 16th September 1918 to 15th March 1919.

MASON, James Riversdale
Military Medal
23/1433 Private, 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3225
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. Mason, when his platoon officer and N.C.O.s became casualties, took charge of the platoon and handled it with great skill. On reaching the objective he worked his Lewis gun round to the left flank, shooting down the enemy gunners working a 77mm gun and giving covering fire to the remainder of the Company as they attacked the machine-guns in the houses. When digging in on the next objective he exhibited great coolness and did much to hearten his platoon under machine-gun fire.

MINTROM, Frederick Harold
Awarded Military Medal 1917
Military Cross
26363, 2nd Lieutenant, New Zealand Machine Gun Corps
London Gazette 2.4.1919, page 4337. Citation, London Gazette 10.12.1919, page 15399
For conspicuous gallantry and initiative east of Le Quesnoy on 4th November 1918. He commanded a section of machine-guns attached to an assaulting battalion of infantry, and led forward two guns with the leading waves of the right leading company in the attack. By engaging strong enemy opposition he assisted the advance of infantry, and he took up a well-chosen position on the objective gained.

MOODY, Frederick Henry
Military Medal
11502 Corporal, 1st Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3177
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the advance north of Le Quesnoy on the 4th November this N.C.O. did excellent and gallant work while in charge of a Lewis gun section of one of the leading platoons. When the advance of his platoon was held up by machine-gun fire from a house flying a red cross flag he handled his section with considerable skill and under fire of his Lewis gun effected an entrance into the building and called on the garrison to surrender. His prompt action, fine leadership and handling of his section under fire resulted in the surrender of 2 Officers and 30 O.R.s [ordinary ranks] of the enemy and 1 machine-gun. His work throughout the entire operation was of a very high order.

MUIR, Archibald Henry
Awarded Military Medal 1918
Bar Military Medal
12/2790 Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7647, Record No. 3176
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the attack on the 4th inst. north of Le Quesnoy this N.C.O. did gallant and valuable work in the handling of his platoon during the attack, when he exhibited a total disregard for his personal safety. After the final position was reached he undertook the task of locating and overcoming some German snipers who were causing casualties to us with persistent regularity. He went forward alone and was the target for the snipers as he proceeded across the open. He located and killed one enemy who was actively sniping and by engaging three others caused them to withdraw. Proceeding still further ahead he came upon a field gun being fired at point blank range. He shot and killed the gunner, thus putting the gun out of action. His prompt and daring action undoubtedly saved many lives.

MULVANEY, Michael John
Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal 1918
Military Medal
29966 Corporal, 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3222
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. During the attack on this date Corporal Mulvaney was in charge of a Lewis gun section. On coming to the railway line he encountered an enemy machine-gun which was holding up the advance of the Company on his right. Ordering his No.1 to engage the gun he himself worked round to a flank and alone rushed the post capturing the machine-gun and four of the enemy. By his prompt action and disregard of danger he undoubtedly saved his Battalion a great many casualties. Throughout the action he led his section with dash and set a fine example to his men.

NEAL, Herbert Rickites
Military Medal
60180 Private, 1st Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3178
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the attack north of Le Quesnoy on the 4th November this man, together with an officer and another man, attacked a machine-gun position on the left flank of the Company. Severe enfilade fire was being directed against the troops and in addition to causing casualties was making further progress practically impossible. The situation was critical and called for prompt and dashing action. Pte Neal advanced under heavy machine-gun fire across an open stretch of 100 yards firing and rushing alternately until with the two others he came to close quarters with the gun crews. These straight away surrendered and five enemy and two machine-guns were captured. It is without doubt that his prompt and courageous action was the means of saving many lives.

NETTLEINGHAM, Frank John
Distinguished Conduct Medal
47458 Lance-Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 12.3.1919, page 3392. Citation, London Gazette 2.12.1919, page 14915
For marked courage and initiative. On 4th November 1918, near Pont de l’Alouette his platoon came under very heavy machine-gun fire. He pushed on ahead, located the enemy gun, and, bringing enfilade fire to bear, forced the crew to abandon the gun. He then rushed alone into the trench, taking the garrison, fifteen in number, prisoners. His prompt and courageous action undoubtedly saved the company many casualties. He did fine work.

NICHOL, Robert Stevenson
Military Medal
21878 Sergeant, New Zealand Machine Gun Corps
London Gazette 20.8.1919, page 10586, Record No. 3409 (Shows as NICOL in London Gazette)
During the attack on Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918 and the subsequent advances east of that place this N.C.O. handled his guns in a most gallant and skilful manner. The section had suffered casualties from enemy shellfire and in consequences became disorganised. With disregard of personal safety he reorganised his section and with dauntless courage led forward his guns to positions from which they materially assisted the advances of the infantry. On all occasions when under fire the example set by this N.C.O. has had a most inspiring effect upon the men under his command.

NICHOLLS, Thomas Henry
Military Medal
29458 Corporal, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3156
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field east of Le Quesnoy on 4th November 1918. During the attack it became necessary in this N.C.O.’s platoon to work independently by sections, each section to do its own mopping up. Corporal Nicholls handled his section with great skill, causing many enemy casualties and capturing 40 prisoners. Throughout the attack the manner in which he led his section and controlled their fire was a fine example of what a section commander should be. He showed throughout an utter fearlessness and dash as well as skill and leadership of a high order.

NILSSON, Ernest Ivor
Military Medal
25/220 Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7700, Record No. 3162
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field east of Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. This N.C.O. acted as Platoon Commander during the advance, displaying fine leadership and ability in the handling of his platoon. During the exploitation of success after reaching the final objective he led a fighting patrol to clean up a cross roads position. By skilful manoeuvring he defeated an enemy party, killing six, and consolidating on the position without casualty to his patrol. Throughout he set a splendid example by his personal courage and leadership.

NIMMO, Alton James
Military Cross
10/4438 Lieutenant (Temporary Captain), 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 8.3.1919, page 3253. Citation, London Gazette 4.10.1919, page 12380
For conspicuous gallantry in command of a company east of Le Quesnoy, on the 4th November 1918. He controlled his men with noticeable ability, both when supervising in assembling and forming up for the advance and later, when leading them in the attack. After the capture of the first objective he rushed forward one of his platoons to fill a gap, thus causing touch to be maintained and the captured ground to be cleared.

Lt Alton Nimmo

OLSEN, Edward
Distinguished Conduct Medal
38866 Company Sergeant-Major, 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 3.6.1919, page 6864. Citation, London Gazette 11.3.1920, page 3135
For marked gallantry and good work. During the attack on 9th October 1918, from Crevecoeur Village, he, although wounded, refused to leave. At Le Quesnoy on 4th November 1918, when his company was held up by machine-gun fire, he worked his section round behind the machine-gun garrison, rushed in and bombed three machine-gun crews in succession, thus enabling his company to get forward to its objective.

PIRRIT, David Andrew
Military Medal
33600 Private (Temporary Corporal), 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment, attached 1st Light Trench Mortar Battery
London Gazette 3.7.1919, page 8358, Record No. 3248
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the attack north of Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918, this soldier was in command of a 3 inch Stokes Mortar Team, attached to 1st Battalion, Auckland Regiment. Shortly after the attack commenced, the team came under very heavy shellfire. Pte Pirrit was knocked over by a shell, and the remainder of his men wounded. In spite of heavy and continuous shelling, with magnificent coolness, he immediately proceeded to dress his comrades, placing them in shell holes for greater safety. Securing the services of prisoners, he despatched the wounded to the R.A.P. [Regimental Aid Post]. Pte Pirrit then collected the gun and ammunition to a place of safety, and reported to his Battery Headquarters, obtaining reinforcements to continue with the advance. It was entirely due to his high sense of duty and disregard of personal danger that the Battalion had a Stokes Mortar to call upon, in the final stages of the attack.

PRESTON, William Edward
Military Medal
14478 Lance-Corporal, 1st Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7701, Record No. 3181
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the 4th November, during the attack north of Le Quesnoy when the company to which this man belonged was subjected to rifle fire from houses on the right flank, this N.C.O. with initiative and daring immediately proceeded with another man to reconnoitre the position and ascertain the strength of the garrison. By skilful scouting under fire he reached the building and effecting an entrance called on the occupants to surrender. During this manoeuvre rifle and machine-gun fire was continuing from the building, but the garrison, taken completely by surprise, surrendered to these two, and as a result one officer, eight O.R.s [ordinary ranks] and three machine-guns were captured here. His skilful and daring action undoubtedly saved many casualties.

RANDALL, Alfred John
Distinguished Conduct Medal
4/433 Lance-Corporal, 3rd Field Company, New Zealand Engineers
London Gazette 18.2.1919, page 2423. Citation, London Gazette 10.1.1920, page 482
At Le Quesnoy, on 4th November 1918, he was in charge of a ladder party detailed to place a ladder against the ramparts. He carried the ladder 1200 yards through heavy fire, and went over with the first platoon into the fortress and removed mines from the bridges at the gates of the town. He showed great courage and determination.

REES, William Bertram      47643
Military Medal
47643 Private, 2nd Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7701, Record No. 3138
For conspicuous gallantry. This man was No. 1 of a Lewis machine-gun section. On 4th November 1918, east of Villereau he encountered an enemy field battery which was causing many casualties. Pte Rees brought very effective fire to bear on the gunners of this battery putting some out of action, and causing the remainder to flee. His fine work and utter disregard of personal danger was an inspiration to his comrades.

RENNER, Cecil
Military Medal
10/2292 Corporal, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7701, Record No. 3155
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field east of Le Quesnoy on 4th November 1918. This N.C.O. stood out in his Company for fearless leadership and fire control of his section in action. He many times rushed into the barrage to take a post before our artillery fire lifted and throughout the day displayed extraordinary courage and tireless energy. He was an example to the whole platoon whom he inspired with confidence and enthusiasm and his work contributed very largely to the success achieved by his Company.

ROSS, Malcolm
Military Medal
59978 Private, 2nd Battalion, Canterbury Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7701, Record No. 3142
For conspicuous bravery, courage, and devotion to duty. On 4th November 1918, during the advance east of Le Quesnoy, as a Company Runner he indefatigably carried important messages to Battalion and Platoon Headquarters, across very difficult country and through heavy shell and machine-gun fire showing the utmost disregard for danger. His work throughout the whole operation was of a very high order and invaluable to his Company.

SHEEN, Walter
Military Medal
29505 Lance-Corporal, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7701, Record No. 3164
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field east of Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. This N.C.O. was in charge of a section which he led throughout with great dash and initiative. At one stage of the advance he noticed a post holding up the advance on his flank and immediately rushed his section in amongst our barrage and captured the post. His prompt action was of material assistance towards the success of his Company’s attack. Later in the day he did valuable work in leading a patrol through the wood in front of the final objective and brought back accurate information. His conduct throughout was most marked for daring and initiative.

SHORT, Issac George
Distinguished Conduct Medal
30650 Lance-Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 12.3.1919, page 3392. Citation, London Gazette 2.12.1919, page 14915
For most conspicuous gallantry and initiative east of Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. Early in the attack, when in support, he led a section and mopped up an enemy machine-gun that had been passed over, killing several of the team and taking the remainder prisoner. Later, with a few men, he outflanked and took prisoner a party of the enemy who were taking up a firing position. After reaching the final objective he went forward to reconnoitre and was severely wounded by a strong party of the enemy after he had killed one of them. He set a splendid example to those with him.

SMITH, Archibald John
Military Medal
10/2765 Private, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7701, Record No. 3152
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field as a Company Runner, on 4th November 1918 east of Le Quesnoy. He was given, during the operation, important messages to take to Battalion, flank Companies and forward platoons. He carried out this duty with tireless energy and with an utter disregard for his personal safety. He displayed great skill in negotiating thickly wooded country and delivered his messages quickly and surely.

SMITH, Harold Percival
Military Medal
2/2264 Bombardier, Divisional Ammunition Column, New Zealand Field Artillery, attached Headquarters, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7701, Record No. 3211
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the operations near Crevecouer on the 8th October 1918 and in the operations during the attack on Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. Throughout these operations this N.C.O. showed the greatest determination, resource, and bravery in getting the S.A.A. [small arms ammunition] and bombs to the firing line. On many occasions he reconnoitred routes under heavy machine-gun and shellfire and then brought up the ammunition limbers to forward positions regardless of his own safety. The skill and resource of this N.C.O. in getting the ammunition forward kept the attacking forces supplied at all times. His determination to keep the firing line supplied and his skilful and resolute bearing in the face of great danger was a splendid example to all ranks.

STEELE, John Hector
Distinguished Conduct Medal
33128 Sergeant, 4th Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 3.6.1919, page 6864. Citation, London Gazette 11.3.1920, page 3136
For great gallantry, initiative, and devotion to duty. On 4th November 1918, during the attack on Le Quesnoy, his platoon officer was killed; he immediately assumed command of the platoon, and by good leadership reached his objective and consolidated. His work throughout the day was excellent.

STEVENS, Arthur Morris
Military Medal
26473 Sergeant, New Zealand Machine Gun Corps
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7701, Record No. 3189
On the 4th November 1918 during the attack on railway line in the vicinity of Herbignies, the enfilade fire of enemy machine-guns from the left flank was causing casualties to our advancing infantry. Cpl Stevens displayed initiative and leadership in bringing his machine-gun into action, and effectively silencing the enemy fire, thus enabling the advance to be resumed. Throughout the operations, this N.C.O. has worked courageously with inspiring effect upon the troops within his vicinity.

STEWART, Charles Gordon
Military Cross
10/945, 2nd Lieutenant (Acting Captain), 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 8.3.1919, page 3253. Citation, London Gazette 4.10.1919, page 12380
Near Le Quesnoy, on 4th November 1918, he led his platoon with determination and skill, and controlled the necessary clearing up of posts and buildings in a most able manner. Later, during the evening he led two platoons through the forest to the allotted line of exploitation, and pushed out patrols and held a line of outposts to protect securely the troops passing through at dawn. He showed great coolness and initiative.

TAYLOR, Charles Semmens
Distinguished Conduct Medal
13824 Corporal, 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 3.6.1919, page 6864. Citation, London Gazette 11.3.1920, page 3136
For conspicuous gallantry and able leadership. At Le Quesnoy on 4th November 1918, his section was caught on the flank, but by great gallantry and skilful handling of the section he was able to turn a very dangerous situation into a brilliant success resulting in the capture of a hundred prisoners and two machine-guns.

THOMPSON, Henry James
Military Cross
15834 Lieutenant (Temporary Captain), 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 8.3.1919, page 3253. Citation, London Gazette 4.10.1919, page 12380
For conspicuous gallantry in command of a company, on 4th November 1918, during the attack on Le Quesnoy. He made a daring reconnaissance under heavy fire, and so disposed of his platoons that he succeeded in capturing four machine-guns and a 77mm gun and 40 prisoners, thereby enabling another battalion to pass through and attack the enemy on the flank. Later, on reaching his objective, he made another reconnaissance and established posts safeguarding his flanks.

THOMSON, Gordon William Gordon
Military Medal
33068 Sergeant, 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7701, Record No. 3213
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations near Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. When his platoon commander became a casualty early in the morning, Sergeant Thomson took charge, re-organised his sections, reached his objective, secured touch with his flanks, and consolidated his position. A few hours later he led forward a patrol and reconnoitred the outer ramparts of the town. Here he gained important information and consolidated the ground gained. Throughout the operation he showed excellent qualities of leadership and a splendid example of courage.

TYSON, James Henry
Military Medal
6/3614 Private, No 2 Field Ambulance, New Zealand Army Medical Corps
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7701, Record No. 3131
Operations around Beaudignies and Le Quesnoy from October 23rd to November 7th. For gallantry and devotion to duty. This man was runner to the officer in charge of the forward evacuations during the advance. He showed the greatest devotion to duty and contempt for danger carrying messages night and day to the forward Regimental Aid Posts. In spite of heavy shelling of the road and tracks and suffering from the effects of mustard gas, he continued with his work and only stopped when all the wounded were evacuated. His courage under fire and devotion to duty was a great example to others and helped greatly in keeping the posts clear of wounded.

VIAL, William George
Distinguished Conduct Medal
65162 Private, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 12.3.1919, page 3392. Citation, London Gazette 2.12.1919, page 14915
For most conspicuous gallantry and initiative east of Le Quesnoy on 4th November 1918. Accompanied by his section commander he rushed a machine-gun post which was holding up the advance of the section, killed two of the gun crew, made the remainder prisoners, and captured the machine-gun. Immediately afterwards he led his section in an attack on another machine-gun post, and captured the whole of the crew. He set a splendid example to the men of his section.

WAYGOOD, Leslie Reginald
Military Medal
4/1209 Sergeant, 3rd Field Company, New Zealand Engineers
London Gazette 20.8.1919, page 10586, Record No. 3434
For good services and devotion to duty in the field during the period under consideration – midnight 16/17th September and cessation of hostilities – November 11th. He showed considerable bravery and initiative during the attack on Le Quesnoy. He has always shown keenness and resourcefulness whilst with his section and marked coolness under shellfire.

WHITE, Edwards
Military Cross
24292 Captain, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 8.3.1919, page 3253. Citation, London Gazette 4.10.1919, page 12380
In command of a company east of Le Quesnoy on 4th November 1918, he pushed forward with his company well under control and successfully gained his objective, which included the mopping up of a village, where prompt action and quick thought on his part enabled his company to capture many prisoners and much material with small loss. He behaved throughout with fearless dash and determination.

WILSON, Arthur Membray de Lacy
Military Medal
10/605 Lance Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7701, Record No. 3160
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field east of Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918. This N.C.O. throughout the attack on this day acted with great bravery and initiative. He was always to the fore in the clearing up of buildings and posts encountered during the advance of his Company. He seemed possessed of an uncanny knowledge of the location of the enemy and by pushing forward with the utmost boldness exceptionally close to the barrage undoubtedly saved many lives by prompt mopping up of enemy posts. His boldness and contempt of danger were an inspiration to his men, and he showed himself possessed of exceptionally fine power of leadership.

ZEINERT, Albert
Military Medal
47495 Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment
London Gazette 17.6.1919, page 7701, Record No. 3143
For conspicuous courage and gallantry. On 4th November 1918, near Pont de L’Alouette he took part in the capture of an active battery of field guns. The first three guns having been taken, he rushed ahead alone, about 150 yards and captured the three remaining guns in spite of heavy machine-gun fire. His initiative and daring were a splendid example to the platoon and he led his section through the advance with the greatest gallantry and skill.

 

 

 

 

 

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