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.
University of London Officers Training Corps index - former cadet.
Austin, Lt. John Frederick Lawrence, R.F.A. : University College * M.C.
MILITARY CROSS :
AUSTIN, Lt. John Frederick Laurence, 135th Battery, 26th Brigade, R.F.A. ? For great gallantry and initiative on 25th October 1918, near Querenaing. During an enemy counter-attack he went forward with the battery commander, and on returning found the battery in a very exposed position, suffering casualties from shell and machine gun fire. He took charge, and led the battery up to the position with much skill, thereby suffering few additional casualties. — Gazettes, 2 April and 10 December 1919.