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WALBY, Capt. Herbert Charles, M.C. D.S.O.

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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.

WALBY, Capt. Herbert Charles ... ... 4/North Stafford (io/ Yorkshire L.I.)

Near WYTSCHAETE, 25/26 April, 1918. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
When the battalion camp was being shelled and gassed he supervised the movement of the battalion ; and when the battalion had counter-attacked and penetrated the enemy's line he went out, and under heavy fire got into touch with isolated detachments. His coolness and disregard of danger were a fine example to all.

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RABASSA RAIRNE, 28th May, 1918. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty throughout operations. When the commanding officer was wounded he took command of the battalion and held on to the position until almost surrounded. He then led his men through a narrow gap in the enemy's lines and took up another position about 500 yards in rear, from which he withdrew later in the day, in conformity with the troops on his flanks, and occupied some heights with 400 men collected from various units. He held this position until the withdrawal, when he led the last party across a river before the bridges were blown up. Throughout a trying period he showed unfailing courage and good leadership.

The Distinguished Service Order was instituted by Queen Victoria, September 6th, 1886.  May be conferred on Commissioned Officers who have been specially mentioned in despatches for meritorious or distinguished service in the field or before the enemy. Bars may be added for additional acts of gallantry. Since August 1st, 1918, this Order has been awarded in respect of active service for "services in action " only, i.e., for service under fire or for distinguished individual service in connection with air-raids, bombardments or other enemy action.

WALBY, Capt. Herbert Charles, M.C, ... 4/North Staffordshire (9/Yorkshire L.I.)

HENDECOURT, 9th September, 1918. For conspicuous gallantry during an attack. He led the support company and eventually came up with the leading waves and took the objective, where he reorganised his men under very heavy fire. In a second attack later in the day his fine example inspired those under him, and when the enemy counter-attacked he personally led forward two platoons to a position from which he could bring fire to bear on them. [7297