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The Distinguished Service Cross
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British Recipients
 

COLLISON, HERBERT L.
Captain, British Army
Royal Artillery
Date of Action:   October 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herbert L. Collison, Captain, British Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near
Obozerskaya , Russia , October 16, 1918 . Captain Collison acted as artillery observer in an advance against the enemy, which was continuous over several hours and at all times under very heavy artillery and machine-gun fire. He not only accompanied the advance troops, but at times went ahead of them, in order better to direct the fire of the American troops. At one time, when by a rapid advance of a portion of our troops, they were within the danger zone of our own fire, telephone communication having been cut, Captain Collison returned through the enemy barrage and taking a position in the open and under fire signaled a warning to our artillery. By this particularly brave and daring act the success of the American Infantry in this engagement was assured.
General Orders No. No. 24, W.D., 1920
Resident of England

HOWARTH, JAMES
Sergeant, British Army
Liverpool Regiment
Date of Action:   October 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James Howarth, Sergeant, British Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near
Kadish , Russia , October 7, 1918 . Sergeant Howarth gallantly led his platoon in five successive attacks upon a strongly fortified line of blockhouses. During the withdrawal he exposed himself to heavy fire in order to direct the fire of a Lewis gun crew in order to secure the safe evacuation of his wounded.
General Orders No. No. 15, W.D., 1921
Resident of England

SMYRDEN, RICHARD G.
Captain, British Army
Liverpool Regiment
Date of Action:   February 7, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Richard G. Smyrden, Captain, British Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near
Kadish , Russia , February 7, 1919 . While moving forward in command of a support company, Captain Smyrden encountered a disorganized Russian company in full retreat. Quickly reorganizing two platoons of this force, and with his own company, he launched a successful counterattack which reestablished the firing line in the original position. He then launched a new attack, which drove the enemy into their line of blockhouses. The coolness and courage of this officer was a great inspiration to his men.
General Orders No. No. 24, W.D., 1920
Resident of England

French Recipients
 

*BOURGON, NARCISSE
Second Lieutenant, French Army
21st Battalion de Marche, Colonial Infantry
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Narcisse Bourgon, Second Lieutenant, French Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Verst 455, North Russia, October 14, 1918. Lieutenant Bourgon placed himself at the head of a Franco-American section and personally led it through heavy machine-gun fire against a strongly fortified position. This brilliant officer was killed at Bolsheozerka, Russia, March 19, 1919, while defending with a small force his position, which was repeatedly attacked by three battalions of the enemy.
General Orders No. No. 24, W.D., 1920
Home Town: , France

DEQUERTE, CONRAD
Second Lieutenant, French Army
21st Battalion de Marche, Colonial Infantry
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Conrad Dequerte, Second Lieutenant, French Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Verst 455, near Obozerskaya, Russia, October 14, 1918. Attached as liaison officer to a Franco-American detachment during the attack, Lieutenant Dequerte placed himself at the head of a section of Infantry and led it against a strongly fortified position. He was among the first to make the objective. The energy displayed by this brilliant officer while exposed to heavy fire was an important factor in the successful attack.
General Orders No. No. 24, W.D., 1920
Home Town: , France

HASSELVENDER, ALFRED J. V.
Captain, French Army
21st Battalion de Marche, Colonial Infantry
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alfred J. V. Hasselvender, Captain, French Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Verst 455, North Russia, October 14, 1918. Captain Hasselvender personally led a Franco-American platoon against a strongly fortified position. The heroic conduct displayed under heavy fire by this brilliant officer was an inspiration to the entire command.
General Orders No. No. 24, W.D., 1920
Home Town: , France

LORBER, J. B. X.
Lieutenant, French Army
21st Battalion de Marche, Colonial Infantry
Date of Action: September 14 - 15 & November 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to J. B. X. Lorber, Lieutenant, French Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Seletskoe, Russia, September 14 - 15, 1918, and near Obozerskaya, Russia, November 4, 1918. On September 14 - 15, 1918, Lieutenant Lorber displayed great courage in exposing himself to heavy enemy fire while directing the fire of his machine guns. On November 4 he further distinguished himself by going forward under heavy fire and supplying needed ammunition to advanced positions.
General Orders No. No. 24, W.D., 1920
Home Town: , France

ROBERT
Second Lieutenant, French Army
21st Battalion de Marche, Colonial Infantry
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert, Second Lieutenant, French Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Verse 455, North Russia, October 14, 1918. Lieutenant Robert placed himself at the head of a Franco-American section and personally led it against a strongly fortified position. The courage displayed by this brilliant officer under heavy machine-gun fire was an important factor in the successful attack.
General Orders No. No. 24, W.D., 1920
Home Town: , France

SANDEAU
Aspirant, French Army
21st Battalion de Marche, Colonial Infantry
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Sandeau, Aspirant, French Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Verst 455, North Russia, October 14, 1918. Aspirant Sandeau personally led a Franco-American section against a strongly fortified enemy position. The courage displayed by him while exposed to heavy machine-gun and rifle fire was an important factor in the successful attack.
General Orders No. No. 24, W.D., 1920
Home Town: , France

TCHEIMESSOFF, SERGUEI
Private, French Army
French Foreign Legion
Date of Action: February 7, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Serguei Tcheimessoff, Private, French Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Kadish, Russia, February 7, 1919. While serving under American command, Private Tcheimessoff heroically defended his position against attack of overwhelming numbers. Although severely wounded in the head, he refused to leave his position, but continued at his post until all others had retired.
General Orders No. No. 24, W.D., 1920
Home Town: , France

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