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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.
WATKINS, 2/Lieutenant William Henry Ernest ... ... ... 1/East Yorks
Near MEAULTE, 3/4 June, 1916. For conspicuous ability in controlling and disposing of his men. He showed great courage and disregard of danger, and even after being partially buried he inspired his men and kept up their morale.