Medal & Mortality index
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.
APPLETON, 2/Lieutenant James ... ... ... ... ... 4/Yorkshire L.I.
GREENLAND HILL (north of Arras), 22/23 September, 1918. He was in charge of the leading wave of the company in a night attack. The enemy shelling was very heavy during the advance, but he rallied the men and was the first to enter the enemy post.
He set a fine example of cool courage under fire, and proved himself a leader of great ability. During the consolidation he personally reconnoitred his platoon front and got in touch with troops on his flanks.