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.
WILLANS, Capt. Harry ... ... ... ... ... ... 2/Bedford
Awarded 1st January, 1917.
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.
WILLANS, Capt. Harry, M.C. .......... ........ 2/Bedford
Awarded 3rd June, 1918. [1030