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Dvr. William Henry Church DCM.

British Army Royal Artillery 122nd Trench Mortar Battery

from:Aberkenfig, South Wales

I have a letter from Brigade Major Archer sent to my grandfather William informing him that he had won the DCM in "recognition of your gallantry in bringing up ammunition under the heavy shelling & in spite of great casualties to men & horses shortly before the first battle". The letter offers heartiest congratulations from all the "Battery Officers" Other men mentioned in the letter and their awards are:

  • Major Archer: Military Cross
  • Lieut Harris: Military Cross
  • Lieut Cashmore: Military Cross
  • Corporal Dean: Military Medal
  • A J Thomas: Military Medal
  • Signaller Edwards: Military Medal
  • Certificates of Merit to 12 unnamed NCO's & men
The letter is headed B.E.F. 23rd of September 1917 and signed off by what appears to be Major Archer (the signature is difficult to read), O/C B/122 Bde, RFA which I take to mean B Battery 122 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. The letter apologises for being late because the unit was involved in "offensive operations".

Vivian Church

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