15.6.1916 LONDON GAZETTE: Mentioned in dispatches by C-in-C for Gallantry & Distinguished Conduct in the field:-
- Lt Col. Godfrey Davenport Goodman
- Capt Cyril Benton Johnson
- 158 C.S.M William Goddard and later to win the Military Medal on 19th February 1917 (posthumously).
- 456 C.S.M Henry Holland and later to win the Distinguished Conduct Medal in July 1917.
- 2388 Segt Thomas Hunter and later to win the Military Medal on 11th November 1916.
- 1464 Sergt Wilfred Bernard Longson and later to win the Military Medal on 11th November 1916.
- 1644 Drummer James Chatterton and later to win the Military Medal on 11th November 1916.
But why were these Officers and Men “Mentioned in Dispatches”?
The London Gazette from 15th June 1916 records the individuals Mentioned in Dispatches by General Haig on the 30th April 1916 and lists men from all four Territorial Battalions
Here is the evidence:-
- The service records for Cyril Johnson, Henry Holland, William Goddard and James Chatterton all record that the men were Mentioned in Dispatches on the 30th April 1916, which is consistent with the London Gazette.
- James Chatterton was wounded on the 12th March 1916 and was transferred to Hospital in England on the 17th March 1916. He did not return to France until the 16th July with the 15th Reinforcement.
- James Chatterton, Wilfrid Longson and Thomas Hunter had their Military Medal announced in the London Gazette on 11th November 1916.
- William Goddard had his Military Medal announced in the in the London Gazette on 19th February 1917 because it was awarded posthumously.