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The Military Cross was instituted as a Decoration on December 28th, 1914, to
reward Distinguished Services rendered by Officers of certain ranks in the army
in time of war. Bars may be added for additional acts of gallantry. Since August
1st, 1918, it has, like the D.S.O., been awarded for "services in action" only.
ANDERSON, Capt. David Wilson ... ... ... ... ... 6/London
Near YPRES, 20th September, 1917. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
By his skilful leadership his company captured all its objectives. When all the other officers became casualties he exposed himself fearlessly to the enemy's fire, and by his personal encouragement ensured the consolidation of the captured positions and repelled several counter-attacks, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy.
BAR TO M.C.
Near POELCAPPELLE, 3rd October, 1917. In spite of difficult natural conditions and the total absence of all landmarks, he led his company to within 100 yards of the barrage line before an attack. Although his men were being continually bogged, he inspired them by his personal example to push on, and succeeded in capturing a farm held by the enemy. In spite of heavy casualties he fought his way from one position to another until he had gained his objective, which he successfully consolidated and held.