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DCM Citations

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I guess this is really directed at PIKEMEDALS

Sgt 18358 Francis Daniel Bartley served with the 13th (Service) Battalion (West Ham) Essex Regiment and at some point during August 1916 was gazetted for the DCM. I know this only because the fact was reported in the Stratford Express on 29 August 1916. I would guess the award was for his actions at Delville Wood in July, though it may have been for some action by him during the abortive assault on Guillemont on 8/9 August 1916.

Unusually there is no mention in the War Diary of this award though the Adjt was himself killed in the former action. Bartley was subsequently Commissioned into the 1st Kings (Liverpool) Regiment (with whom the 13th were brigaded) on 28/08/1917. The DCM award is shown on his Medal Roll fiche as is the MC he was later gazetted to on 16/09/1918 however there is no fiche entry for his DCM citation in the PRO!

Does Sgt Bartley appear on your Essex DCM list and do you have a copy of the Citation?

Thanks in anticipation

Barney

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HI BARNEY,18358 SJT.F.D BARTLEY.13TH BN ESSEX R (LG 27 JULY 1916) FOR CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY.HE LED HIS SECTION OF A RAIDING PARTY WITH GREAT DASH,ACCOUNTING FOR MANY OF THE ENEMY.AND REMAINED OUT TILL DAYLIGHT BRINGING IN THE WOUNDED. HOPE THAT OK TTFN PAUL

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