On this day 2nd December 1916

2.12.1916 SUS ST LEGER: CAPT CB JOHNSON vacated appointment of Adjutant. LIEUT GKK MAUGHAN appointed Acting Adjutant.

GOC Division [Major-General William Thwaites] inspected BRIGADE & expressed his satisfaction at the soldierly appearance & steadiness of the Battalion on Parade & congratulated the Battalion on the “March Past”, also presented MILITARY MEDAL ribbons to the following:-

  • 570 CSM DAKIN GW. Company Sergeant Major George William Dakin. For gallantry and devotion to duty on the 1st July 1916, when in the attack on Gommecourt. A tinsmith from Ashbourne who enlisted in April 1908 and previously served with 2nd Volunteer Battalion (1902-08).
  • 71 SGT HOPKINS W. Sergeant William Hopkins. For gallantry and devotion to duty on the 1st July 1916, when in the attack on Gommecourt. From Bakewell who enlisted in April 1908 and previously served with 2nd Volunteer Battalion.
  • 1450 SGT WOOLLEY CW. Sergeant Charles William Woolley. For gallantry and devotion to duty on the 1st July 1916, when in the attack on Gommecourt. Died of wounds on the 24th April 1917. A farm labourer from Matlock who enlisted in June 1911.
  • 1464 SGT LONGSON W. Sergeant Wilfred Longson. For gallantry and devotion to duty on the 1st July 1916, when in the attack on Gommecourt. A shop assistant from Chapel-en-le-Frith who enlisted in June 1911.
  • 2323 CPL STROYAN A. Corporal Arthur Stroyan. For gallantry and devotion to duty on the 1st July 1916, when in the attack on Gommecourt. A Striker And Turner In Chirt Quarry, Ashford.
  • 1936 Lc Cpl SMITH VS. Lance Corporal Vernon Samuel Smith. For gallantry and devotion to duty on the 1st July 1916, when in the attack on Gommecourt. A tube drawer from Chesterfield who enlisted in May 1913.
  • 1644 Dvr CHATTERTON J. Driver James Chatterton. For gallantry and devotion to duty on the 1st July 1916, when in the attack on Gommecourt. From Birchvale and enlisted in April 1912.
  • 1790 Pte DAWES S. Private Samuel Dawes. For gallantry and devotion to duty on the 1st July 1916, when in the attack on Gommecourt he did good work as Company Runner. A coal miner (pony driver) from Chesterfield who enlisted in February 1913.

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