Mentioned in Despatches

Thanks to Mark Bailey for his painstaking work to compile a list of members of 17th Battalion who were Mentioned in Despatches and entitled to wear the oak leaf Emblem on their Victory Medal.

London Gazette (or Supplement)
Surname Forename(s) No Rank Date Edition Page Other Awards
MacDonald Charles Leslie Capt (T/Maj) 4.1.17 29890 253 DSO & Bar
Fearenside Edmund T/Capt 4.1.17 29890 218 OBE DSO
Madden John Greville T/Capt 4.1.17 29890 218 DSO
Whitehead John James T/Maj (A/Lt Col) 25.5.17 30093 5162
Ryder Arthur 8824 Sgt 25.5.17 30093 5162
Ronald Fergus 8850 LCpl 25.5.17 30093 5162
Neil Joseph Arthur 8776 Pte 25.5.17 30093 5162
Waine William 8948 Pte 25.5.17 30093 5162
Woodward Ernest George T/Lt (A/Capt) 18.12.17 30441 13369 MC
Blades Miles 9126 CSM 18.12.17 30441 13369 MM
Silcock Frank Howard 8295 CSM 18.12.17 30441 13369
Colquhon Alexander 8105 Sgt 18.12.17 30441 13369
Royle George 8852 Sgt 18.12.17 30441 13369
Duncan John Lt (A/Capt) 24.5.18 30701 6099
Miles Charles Stanley T/2Lt (A/Capt) 24.5.18 30701 6099 MC
Wood Joseph 8357 RQMS 24.5.18 30701 6099
Ellis Robert Pearson 27319 Pte 9.7.19 31442 8704
LG 4.1.1917

London Gazette 4th January 1917

There are no published citations for MiDs although, we can be sure the January 1917 group relate to general action on the Somme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The May 1917 group for Other Ranks will also relate to action on the Somme as they followed a list of names recommended on 9th April.  Mark Bailey suggests these Mentions were provided to one Other Rank from each of the four Companies.

LG 25.5.1917.1

London Gazette 25th May 1917

LG 25.5.1917

The December 1917 Mentions concern action between 26/2/1917 & 20/9/1917, presumably the Menin Road 31st July 1917 and 3rd Ypres.

The May 1918 group arise for the period from 25th September 1917 to 24th February 1918 – possibly Polderhoek in December 1917.

Private Ellis’ Award probably relates to subsequent service after the Battalion was disbanded between 16th September & 31st November 1918.

Cover image courtesy Wikipedia

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