D.C.M’s of the 6th Durham Light Infantry


We have so far identified the following men of the 6th Durham Light Infantry who were awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) whilst serving with the battalion. The official citation is shown for each man.


1242 John James Robinson Awarded on 11/03/1916

“For conspicuous gallantry, the shelter in which he was sitting was struck by a shell and the occupants completely buried. L/Cpl. Robinson succeeded in crawling out, and, in spite of heavy shelling, worked with his hands and his entrenching tools until he had dug out the four other occupants, thereby undoubtedly saving their lives.”

F.H. Bousfield Awarded on 11/03/1916

“For conspicuous gallantry.During an advance his company,coming under heavy shell and rifle fire,hesitated, but he took the command, and by his bravery and personal example led them forward to the line they had been directed to take up”

2154, 250160 F Davies Awarded on 21/10/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Under exceptionally difficult circumstances, when the communications and surrounding area were under heavy fire of gas shells, he displayed great courage and devotion to duty as “runner”. His example greatly the other brigade and battalion “runners” who were working with him.”

3846, 250449 Patrick Finn Awarded on 03/09/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When the officers of his company became casualties he took over command, and led his men under very heavy shell fire, holding on to successive positions in the face of overwhelming numbers, and offering the most determined resistance”

3026, 250310 John Greenwood Awarded on 30/10/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of a section of the battery during an enemy attack. He so encouraged his men by his find example of coolness under this very heavy bombardment that they fired every round of their ammunition, and on retiring carried their gun through the barraged and heavily gassed area to the battery rear headquarters.”

2101, 250150 Harry Henderson Awarded on 03/09/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Throughout nine days fighting this NCO, by his ability and leadership, rendered valuable assistance to his officers until they became casualties. On three different occasions he organised and rallied his platoon at great personal risk under heavy machinegun fire. When his platoon commander was wounded he led it forward in a counter attack, and his dash and example were mainly responsible for the company reaching its objective. ”

1757, 250089 Stephen Maddison Awarded on 09/07/1917

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During operations he directed the bringing up of supplies for considerable period under heavy barrage.”

1869 Joseph Malpass Awarded on 22/01/1916

“For conspicuous gallantry near Zillebeke on the night of 19th/20th December 1915, when he went out under heavy shell fire and rendered first aid to two wounded men in the open. He carried one to an ambulance, and, returning, got the other away in to safety. Serjeant Malpass has previously distinguished himself in action.”

561 Hugh McNair Awarded on 11/03/1916

“For conspicuous good and efficient work as Acting Serjeant Major throughout the campaign, always displaying great coolness, courage, and devotion to duty and giving a fine example to all ranks.”

1319, 250034 George Perry Awarded on 11/03/1916

“For conspicuous good and efficient work as Serjeant Major throughout the campaign, always displaying great coolness, courage, and devotion to duty and giving a fine example to all ranks.”

2978, 250303 Cuthbert Welsh Awarded on 03/10/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He showed great dash during a counter attack, and by his fine behaviour encouraged the men near him to successfully take their objective. The success of this counter attack enabled the line to hold on for several hours”