Throughout the First World War, the many announcements of British and Commonwealth gallantry awards appeared in the various issues of The London Gazette. As part of our major monthly series covering the period of the Great War commemorations, we examine some of the actions involved and summarise all of the awards announced in December 1917.

OF THE ten Victoria Crosses gazetted in December 1917, three were awarded for actions undertaken during the fighting in Palestine – Major Alexander Malius Lafone VC, the subject of Lord Ashcroft’s article this month, is one of this trio. Of the remaining seven VCs, six were the result of the Third Battle of Ypres.

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