Monday 9 May 2016

Reward for Gallant Conduct

Tuesday 9th May 1916: Mr and Mrs John Law of the Cuckoo Inn, Ashwell have just received a cheque for £5 but they value much more than the money an accompanying letter explaining why the unusual gift was made. This letter, signed by the adjutant of the 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, states that the cheque was awarded to Private Law by Major-General Curteis for gallant conduct in the field. This is not the first honour conferred upon Private Law, he being already the proud possessor of the Russian Order of Saint George, presented to him by the Tsar(1). Private Law has seen considerable fighting during the war and has been once wounded.

Source: Biggleswade Chronicle 5th May 1916

(1) Not personally. Such awards were routinely made to allied commanders to distribute as they thought fit.

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