Wednesday 8 June 2016

Honours for the Gallant Bedfords

Second Lieutenant Fleming [X550/1/82]

Thursday 8th June 1916: Among the honours recently awarded to our County Regiment are the following.

Military Cross – Temporary 2nd Lieutenant A M Fleming, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment: he laid and repaired telephone wires under continuous and heavy shell fire, thus maintaining communications

Distinguished Conduct Medal – 14753 Lance-Sergeant W F Mills, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment: for conspicuous gallantry when leading a party in a successful raid on the enemy’s trenches(1). His party bombed five large enemy dug-outs and accounted for many of the enemy. Much of the success of this raid was due to his cool bravery. 17463 Private A Simons, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment: during an intense bombardment by the enemy(2) he coolly continue to work his machine-gun, and by his cool example greatly encouraged his comrades. Later, when the enemy attacked he caught them in a deadly cross-fire, greatly assisting in holding the trench.

Source: Biggleswade Chronicle 9th June 1916

(1) Probably the raid of 27th April 1916.
(2) Probably that of 19th April 1916.

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