The distinguished service order dso is a military decoration of the united kingdom, and formerly of other parts of the commonwealth, awarded for meritorious or distinguished service by officers of the armed forces during wartime, typically. George cross or a mention in despatches could be awarded posthumously. Pre 1914 although not complete details will be available for many awards dating back to the crimean war including the vc, dso and dcm. Soldiers mentioned in dispatches are now available online. Thomas was mentioned in despatches in the london gazette of 2 june 1944. Compilation of despatches relating to air operations appearing as supplements to the london gazette. Recommendations for military honours and awards 19351990 the. The issue or supplement number, title and date of publication are listed below. Soldiers mentioned in dispatches are now available online on. In the twentyfirst century, war comes into our living rooms via news reports on television twentyfour hours a day. To mark 75 years of ve day, peter doyle, professor of history at london south. I am converting the despatches for other theatres of war into the new site format. In the list just published of those who have been mentioned in despatches by lieut.
Clarke, robert, flight sergeant 1002829, royal air force no. This appeared in the supplement which celebrated the kings birthday so i am sure there must be some history there somewhere. Settle was a leading aircraftman in the raf, and was commissioned as an acting pilot officer in december 1942. After searching the online index i found this entry. Alan percival skevington mc was a major in the mgc in ww1 and was twice mentioned in despatches. He showed the greatest coolness and contempt for danger on three separate occasions, when his mortar had been put out of action by hostile fire, repairing it himself and getting it back into action. For the boer war 1899 1902 there is extensive correspondence and despatches as well as official recommendations. A ww2 mentioned in despatches medal group awarded to flying officer harry settle raf. Established in 1919, it was retrospective to august 1914.
He was made pilot officer in february 1943, before being promoted from pilot officer to flying officer in august 1943. Mentioned in despatches london gazette 8 june 1944 p2620. Also, we have another certificate dated october 1944 and signed by field marshal montgomery although it looks like a preprinted signature to me which mentions performing good service and great. He never talked about his war service to his daughter sadly.
Distinguished conduct medal, london gazette zj 1 includes citations for first world war awards. British field commanders despatches the long, long trail. Im helping a friend whos father was mentioned in despatches twice. Distinguished flying cross london gazette 21 november 1944 p5341 in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations. The mention appeared in the london gazette, which is now online and searchable. The united kingdom in the second world war despatches published in the london gazette.
Mentioned in despatches world war two page 1 rootschat. Major general robert grice sturges, a veteran of ww1, commanded the special service group from august 1943. A copy of the entry in the london gazette announcing the award will be supplied. Recommendation of avtar singh for the military cross army form w3121 tna reference. Maj alan percival skevington mc soldiers and their units. Supplement to the london gazette of tuesday 22 june, 1943. Gazette world war 2 despatches, submitted by commandersinchief, by issue or. London gazette editions 28862156 august 1914december 1920 hm king george v, in whose name all honours and gallantry. British forces in salonika, for distinguished service, is acting captain william e. Wwii mentioned in despatches headache armed forces page 1. A dedication to the members of the templewest family who. British forces in salonika, for distinguished service, is acting captain willia. Two days after dday, he was mentioned in despatches, which was detailed in the london gazette on the 8th june 1944, the london gazette entry can be viewed by clicking on here. Mentioned in despatches for gallant and distinguished services in malaya during the period 1st january.
Wo 3734039 very often you will find the army form w3121, although other. May 06, 2009 according to his papers he was mid by general sir jdp french for action on 151015, and this was reported in the london gazette on 1116. Commandersinchief in the field submitted periodical lists of officers and soldiers who were mentioned in despatches. The london gazette, supplements august 1914 january 1920. Supplement to the london gazette of tuesday 22 june, 1943 thursday, 24th june, 1943 war office, 24th june, 1943.
According to his papers he was mid by general sir jdp french for action on 151015, and this was reported in the london gazette on 1116. British war and victory medals, territorial force war medal, india general service medal gvi. Available to diamond subscribers of the site, each transcription is accompanied by a scan of the original handwritten record, as well as a link to the official citation as it appeared in the london gazette. His mm was reported in the lg on 141216 but the index to. The date was 28th november 1944 and, having trawled unsuccessfully through the london gazette pdfs of that date, i am stuck. Public record office air 25025 has recommendation for a military medal. Ive tried looking on the london gazettes website but drawn a blank and would love to know why he was mentioned in despatches can anyone help. I have his certificate and have been trying to find what he did to receive this honour. It was not a common honour with, for example, only twentyfive out of 1,000 members of the royal newfoundland regiment in the first world war mentioned in despatches.
Additionally, read through full reports and despatches from key battles of the first world war. Example of mentioned in despatches letter from the secretary. The london gazette was first published by king charles ii in 1665, during the plague and became the official journal of the british government. Search by multiple criteria to find exactly what you are looking for. Dsc, received for services in action with enemy submarines, ww1. The distinguished service order dso is a military decoration of the united kingdom, and formerly of other parts of the commonwealth, awarded for meritorious or distinguished service by officers of the armed forces during wartime, typically in actual combat. Bakerfalkner, roy sydney, lieutenantcommandera mentioned in despatches royal navy no. The publication is britains oldest continuously printed newspaper. Hugh was attached to the royal armoured corps, and served in burma. In the british armed forces, the despatch is published in the london gazette.
Staffordshire chronicle, was mentioned in dispatches for gallantry in lybia in june 1944. Sister miss e, smithies was mentioned in a despatch from lieutenant general sir w. Nov 05, 2014 the following announcement was written by the folks at. Occasionally citations are published in the london gazette but not always at the same. I created this page primarily for members of the bbc ww2 website. Avtar singh was recommended for the military cross. This was approved and details were published in the london gazette of july 1945. A soldier mentioned in dispatches or despatches mid is one whose name appears in an official report written by a superior officer and sent to the high command, in which is described the soldiers gallant or meritorious action in the face of the enemy. The british gallantry and bravery awards of the first world war. These lists contain the most common medals awarded. British military gallantry medals the national archives. Search records of soldiers awards from the london gazette. British gallantry, orders, decorations, and campaign ribbons.
The london gazette printed announcements of promotions within the armed forces, appointments of official public offices, royal proclamations and much more. London gazette editions 28862156 august 1914december 1920 hm king george v, in whose name all honours and gallantry awards were granted click to enlarge 1 my thanks to the london. A soldier mentioned in dispatches or despatches mid is one whose name appears in an official report written by a superior officer and sent to the high. British army medal ribbons, mentioned in despatche original medal ribbons belonging to a royal presented for auction is this world war oneworld war 2 ww1ww2 mentioned in despatches medal group of five miniature medals. London gazette, 16 aug 1917 dcm for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. How to research a mention in despatches the long, long trail. This was approved and details were published in the london gazette of july. All were published post war and contain detailed and vital official accounts that have been much used. Until the twentieth century news from the frontline was limited and until the second world war newspapers were the main official source. How to research a mention in despatches the long, long. O posthumously mentioned in despatches, london gazette 28 september 1944. Mentioned in despatches london gazette 4th january 1917 page 246 by general sir douglas haig. His award of the military cross was published in the london gazette of 15 january 1946. British commanders in chief of a theatre of war or campaign were obliged to report their activities and achievements to the war office in the form of despatches, which were published in the gazette.
The king has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following personnel who have been mentioned in despatches. Commander eric valentine frederic radclyffe dugmore, r. In a number of countries, a soldiers name must be mentioned in dispatches as a condition for receiving certain decorations. Activities and achievements of the war were detailed, with individuals mentioned in despatches mid. British commandersinchief of a theatre of war or campaign were obliged to report their activities and achievements to the war office in the form of despatches, which were published in the gazette.
Despatches during world war 2, submitted by commandersinchief, were published in the gazette from 1941 until 1951. This list of despatches available on the long, long trail is work in progress. The following announcement was written by the folks at. All were published post war and contain detailed and vital official accounts that have been much used by air historians. Bearing in mind the perennial headaches of finding mids in the gazette especially considering that the gazette can very rarely find them at all i was wondering if anyone would be interested in having the ones we can find listed here in albeit condensed form so that we can search via a webpage.
Gallantry medal or award, official announcements and, where noted, officially. The king has been graciously pleased to approve that the following be mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the middle east during the period 1st may, 1942, to 22nd october,1942. His mm was reported in the lg on 141216 but the index to the gazette does not find the entry. Wwii mentioned in despatches headache armed forces. British army medal ribbons, mentioned in despatche original medal ribbons belonging to a royal presented for auction is this world war oneworld war 2 ww1 ww2 mentioned in despatches medal group of five miniature medals. Mentioned in despatches london gazette 14 june 1945. B dated 7th february 1919 for gallant and distinguished services in the field. During ww1, reports from commanders in chief were published in the gazette, as the bearer of official war office and ministry of defence events.
The mention in despatches is the most junior form of recognition that. It shows, and very briefly explains, all the gallantry medals and campaign stars that could be awarded to all british participants, service personnel and civilians, in world war 2. These despatches were written by the commanders concerned during the war and then published later in the british government newspaper of record, the london gazette. The commandersinchief of each theatre of war infrequently submitted a despatch to the war office, outlining the events since the previous despatch and listing those men who had been nominated as worthy of a mention. For the first time online, leading british genealogy research website thegenealogist has released over 81,000 records of records of mentioned in dispatches from the first world war, linked to citations from the london gazette. William ralph howells, mm, warrant officer ii, 816617, royal regiment of artillery. Groups with first world war medals j collins medals. Soldiers mentioned in dispatches are now available online for the first time online, leading british genealogy research website thegenealogist has released over 81,000 records of records of mentioned in dispatches from the first world war, linked to citations from the london gazette. Over 81,000 records of servicemen and women mentioned in dispatches during the first world war have been added to.
Spencer above as pilot and navigator respectively have taken part in numerous operational sorties. The example of the mentioned in despatches letter from the secretary of state for war from world war one reads. Search and download mentions in dispatches 19141920 as recorded on medal index cards wo 37224. Though not a medal, for actions during ww1, soldiers were entitled to receive a certificate and wear a decoration of a spray of oak leaves in bronze instigated in. The mention in despatches is the most junior form of recognition that was announced in the london gazette. Hugh baker, mc, captain, 187147, gordon highlanders. Public record officer air 28959, courtesy of steve brew, has recommendation for an afc intended for the 1944 new year honours list and downgraded to this. Despatches during world war 2, submitted by commanders in chief, were published in the gazette from 1941 until 1951. In its first century of print, the gazette reported foreign and shipping news and official notices. Jan 12, 2014 my maternal grand father was mentioned in despatches. The recommendation for the immediate award of the distinguished service order put forward by his. Bowers, corporal winnifred stella raf waaf 2055795 mention in despatches station eastmoor awarded as per london gazette dated 14 june 1945.
Mentioned despatches for sale in uk view 16 bargains. He died in service on 28 july 1944 and is buried in a war cemetery grave in cleethorpes, where he was serving and where he appears to have died. For undaunted courage, skill and determination in carrying out the daring attack on the german battleship tirpitz on 3 april 1944. Example of mentioned in despatches letter from the.
Britain has been at war on many occasions during the last 150 years. Forum mention in dispatches ww2 entry in the gazette. During ww1, reports from commandersinchief were published in the gazette, as the bearer of official war office and ministry of defence events. Distinguished service cross, 1914 star, british war medal, 191418, allied victory medal. Award of a mention ranked below mc or mm and could be for gallantry in action or for a wide range of services on and off the battlefield.396 1235 568 1380 989 1427 1293 927 1375 387 901 54 142 206 1273 1033 886 235 1371 840 889 243 119 1010 402 937 368 196 538 1394 390 1058