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WELTE, 2/Lieutenant Ernest James 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.

WELTE, 2/Lieutenant Ernest James ... ... 505th Battery, 65th Brigade (R.F.A.)

S. of ENGLEFONTAINE, 4th November, 1918. For marked gallantry while in charge of an 18 pounder in taking it to a very forward position. The gun was man-handled down the bad road and placed within 150 yards of a house known to be a strong enemy machine-gun post. Under heavy machine-gun and shell fire he destroyed this post and cover around it by his fire, and it was due to his courage and initiative that the infantry were able to take this point without opposition.