Cambridgeshires: Conspicuous gallantry’
FORTY-one medals were awarded for gallantry to the Cambridgeshires for their part in the storming of the Schwaben Redoubt – almost certainly a record for a single day s action. The commander, Lt Col Edward Riddell was awarded the DSO for conspicuous gall
FORTY-one medals were awarded for gallantry to the Cambridgeshires for their part in the storming of the Schwaben Redoubt - almost certainly a record for a single day's action.
The commander, Lt Col Edward Riddell was awarded the DSO for "conspicuous gallantry in action".
His citation also said: "He showed the greatest skill and foresight in assembling his battalion and subsequently launching them to the attack without a casualty in broad daylight, on ground observed by the enemy,
"His personal bravery, energy and example exercised great influence over all ranks."
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Local soldiers awarded the DCM for "conspicuous gallantry" in the action were:
* Cpl Fred Latham, a teacher at St Peter's School, Wisbech, who "took his platoon forward and dug an advanced strong point, keeping excellent control under heavy fire and most trying conditions".
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* Pte James Smith, of Manea, who "went down the trench himself before the barricade was put across and drove off a party of the enemy by throwing bombs" and later "climbed on top of the barricade and shot four of the enemy".
* Cpl Joe Archer, of Wisbech, who "displayed great courage and skill in establishing and maintaining communication at a critical time" and "set a splendid example throughout".
* L/Cpl Frank Touch, of March, who "carried a message (for more grenades) through a very heavy artillery barrage" and later "again went out to establish touch with the unit on the right". The citation added that he set a splendid example to his men.
Among those to be awarded the Military Medal for their part in the action were:
* Sgt Robert Bushell, Wisbech;
* L/Cpl Mat Gilbert, Sutton St James;
* Pte Frederick Hailstone, Whittlesey;
* Pte Horace Johnson (company runner), Emneth;
* L/Cpl Edward Miller, Doddington;
* L/Cpl Alf Setchfield, Coates.