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The Military Cross was instituted as a Decoration on December 28th, 1914, to
reward Distinguished Services rendered by Officers of certain ranks in the army
in time of war. Bars may be added for additional acts of gallantry. Since August
1st, 1918, it has, like the D.S.O., been awarded for "services in action" only.
WHITAKER, Capt. Donald Nicoll ... ... ( 12/Hampshire (6/Royal Lancaster)
Near MONCHY, 18th June, 1917. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
Although knocked down and buried by a shell, which rendered him unconscious, during an intense enemy bombardment, he insisted on returning to his company, as soon as he regained consciousness, in order to conduct the defence of the advanced posts and trenches which they were occupying. He was a second time buried by a shell, but remained in command until the attack had been beaten off, setting a magnificent example of pluck and devotion to duty.
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