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


We have so far identified the following officers of the 6th Durham Light Infantry who were awarded a Military Cross (MC) whilst serving with the battalion. The official citation is shown for each man, where available.


Captain Thomas Welch Gazetted on 29/06/1915

“For conspicuous gallantry and tenacity at Zonnebeke from 26th to 30th April, 1915, when he with his company held a trench under ‘heavy shell fire. His company was short of water and rations, and he had no flare pistols or periscopes and no previous experience of trench warfare. The losses of his company in killed and wounded were 45, out of a total of 120”

Lieutenant W P Gill Gazetted on 10/01/1916

Citation unknown

Second Lieutenant J F G Aubin Gazetted on 01/01/1917

Citation unknown

Company Serjeant Major Thomas Sordy Gazetted on 04/06/1917

Citation unknown

Acting Captain Reginald Sidney Johnson Gazetted on 17/07/1917

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in command of a small party during the advance, although wounded in the ankle, he took command of men of several battalions, and frustrated all the enemy efforts to cut the party off. He showed a fine example throughout.”

2nd Lieutenant Henry Walton Gazetted on 17/07/1917

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He reached the enemy trenches in advance of the line which was eventually consolidated. By his skill and courage he resisted the enemy’s effort to surround his party and at night he successfully extricated his men from a very precarious position.”

Lieutenant Percy Hugh Beverley Lyon Gazetted on 23/04/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led a carrying party and brought in wounded under heavy shell fire. Later, when in command of a company holding a line of shell-holes, he succeeded in advancing his post on three successive nights under heavy fire, himself reconnoitring the ground before each advance.”

Second Lieutenant (acting Captain) J F G Aubin Gazetted on 25/04/1918 (Bar)

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of a company holding a line of shell holes. He succeeded in advancing his whole frontage on three successive nights, himself reconnoitring the ground before each advance under close enemy machine-gun fire, and personally superintending the operation on each night.”

2nd Lieutenant Ralph Aylmer Wilson Gazetted on 13/09/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer was constantly on duty during twelve days of operations. When the units on his flanks had fallen back he carried out a successful counter-attack with his platoon, and established a line of isolated posts under machine-gun fire. For some hours he patrolled these posts at great personal risk. All through, in spite of fatigue, he rendered most valuable assistance to his company commander in rallying and organising the men”

Lieutenant Andrew Norman Brown Gazetted on 16/09/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was the only survivor of the company officers of the battalion, and although badly shell-shocked, led his company to their battle position in the front line. When all his company posts had been annihilated, he commanded through the remainder of the operations, keeping battalion headquarters fully informed as to the situation”

Captain George Eric Cardew Gazetted on 16/09/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When three companies were scattered in the marshes by an ambush surprise, this officer collected the men and organised a rearguard under heavy fire. He was the last mane of the covering party of fifty men to cross the bridge, having held off the enemy with rapid rifle fire. A few days later he was in charge of three companies which held the line while troops from the front passed through. When they had passed he organised a counter-attack which re-established the left of the line, where he held on under heavy trench mortar fire until compelled to withdraw, the whole line having gone back”

Company Serjeant Major Thomas Sordy Gazetted on 16/09/1918 (Bar)

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When all the officers of his company became casualties he assumed command, although wounded in the hand, and showed fine courage and initiative. During the retirement and the crossing of the river his work and example were of the greatest value in enabling successive lines to be occupied”

Captain Albert Bessell Hare Gazetted on 24/09/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. At a time when the rapid advance of the enemy menaced the safety of the line, he rallied stragglers and formed a line at a point where the enemy were forcing a way through. By dint of great energy and fearlessness, he saved the situation and set an inspiring example to all around him”

Lieutenant Tom Rushworth Gazetted on 24/09/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He held a bridgehead with a small party of men under heavy machine-gun fire until completely outflanked. He then withdrew his party successfully and took up another position in the rear, where he kept touch under circumstances of great difficulty with the division on his right”

Serjeant Major James Taylor Gazetted on 24/09/1918

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in collecting and organising stragglers under very heavy fire. With these men he took up a position at a bridgehead and held it against heavy enemy attacks until he became a casualty”

Second Lieutenant John Woodhead Gazetted on 24/09/1918 *

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while commanding his platoon in action. During a great fight he showed much ability, and often rallied his men when hard pressed. He was quite fearless in his endeavours to restore and hold the line”

* recorded as West Yorkshire Regiment in error.