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WARD, Capt. Harold Frederick M.C.

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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.

WARD, Capt. Harold Frederick ... ... ... ... 2/East Surrey

MONCHY-LE-PREUX, 8/9 and 9/10 August, 1917. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of his battalion raiding party. The night before the raid he accompanied patrols to ascertain if the enemy's wire was sufficiently cut. This was done under machine-gun and rifle fire, and he brought back most valuable information. On the night of the raid itself he led the centre of the attack, and showed the greatest gallantry and coolness in visiting the other sub-sections and ascertaining that all objectives had been gained. His fine example largely contributed to the success of the operation.

BAR TO M.C.

GONNELIEU, 20th November, 1917. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his company with great courage and initiative in an attack, capturing his objective, together with two field guns and too prisoners. He set a splendid example of determination and contempt of danger.