London 1918, the Armistice and Gallantry research

YATES, Capt. William 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.

YATES, Capt. William ... ... ... ... ... ... 3/Cheshire

GUYENCODRT, 27/28 May, 1918. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a retirement. He showed great skill and determination in maintaining his position with very few men in the face of heavy enemy attacks. In particular one night he reorganised his men and parties of stragglers and dug in a line, and in spite of heavy shelling and machine-gun fire, repelled all enemy attacks for 12 hours until ordered to retire. He showed excellent leadership throughout.