GREAT WAR GALLANTRY October 1918

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 October 1918.

Allied troops watch as a Medium Mk.A Whippet tank goes into action during the Hundred Days Offensive. No fewer than 70 Whippets were deployed at the start of the Battle of Amiens.
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A number of awards to Royal Navy personnel featured in the pages of The London Gazette during October 1918. Amongst the names on the 5th was that of Commander Paul Whitfield. At the time of the announcement of Whitfield’s award of the Distinguished Service Order, he was a ‘Prisoner of War interned in a neutral country’, though the DSO was in recognition of his actions at the Battle of Jutland back in 1916.

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