Local Man Decorated for Brave and Daring Feat
Wednesday, September 08, 1915
Transcribed by: chris.wight
Official confirmation of the decorating of Sergt. J.E. Palmer, of the Lethbridge machine gun squad, for gallantry in action, came yesterday in despatches from the old country, which stated that 15 other Canadians had been honored. The reference to Sergt. Palmer shows that the act for which he was decorated with the distinguished conduct medal was a particularily daring one. The dispatch says he was honored "for gallantry and ability on the 22nd of May, at Festubert, when he took a machine gun to an advanced position, covering an attack and completely checking the enemy's counter attack by breaking up their bombing parties and cutting the ropes attached to a bag of bombs which the enemy was attempting to drag across from one end of their trench to another. His devotion to duty and courage was most conspicuous".
Others honored were Major Hesketh of the Strathcona Horse, the D.S.O. for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty; Pte. H.T. Cameron, No. 3 Ambulance Corps for great devotion to duty at Festubert. Major C.S. Collins for gallantry on August 1st; Pte. F. Gledhill, 1st Battalion for bravery; Lance-Sergt. W.F. Hart, 4th Batt. for gallantry and ability and devotion to duty at Langhemarcq; Color Sergt. J. Hay, 8th Battalion, for gallantry on 23rd of May; Pte. E.H. Hester, 3rd Battalion, for gallantry and resource at Festubert; Corp. S.G. Hobday, 3rd Battalion, for gallantry on the 15th of June at Givenchy; Lance Corp. H. Wing, 10th Battalion, for gallantry on April 23rd at Ypres; Sergt. J. MacDonald, Princess Pats, for gallant bravery at Hooge on May 5th; Sergt. D. Morris, now King Edward's horse, for gallantry on May 29th near Festubert, Sergt. A. Mole, 3rd Battalion, for gallantry on May 24th at Festubert; Company Sergt. Major C. Owen, 1st Battalion, for gallantry and ability on June 15th at Givenchy, and Pte. H. Vincent, 1st Battalion, for bravery and devotion to duty.