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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.
WILSON, Lieut. John Baxenden ... ... ... 5/Northumberland Fusiliers
Near PASSCHENDAELE, 18th December, 1917. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On hearing his posts being engaged by the enemy he immediately proceeded to the scene of action, and found that his men had captured an officer, thirteen other ranks and a machine gun. Hearing that there was apparently another machine gun out in "No Man's Land," he organised a patrol, and succeeded in finding and bringing back three other machine guns. On the following night he again patrolled " No Man's Land" to try and find other machine guns, which were said to be there. Throughout this period he performed continual acts of courage and coolness under fire.
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