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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.
WRIXON, Lieut. Maurice Percival Bentley ... ... ... Grenadier Guards
ARLEUX, 19th February, 1918. During a hostile raid he was in charge of all the front posts, and on hearing rifle fire walked through a most intense barrage to the left flank post, where the raid was taking place. Immediately grasping the situation, and on seeing that two strong enemy parties had penetrated between our posts, he organised bombing parties, and opened fire with a machine gun on one of the enemy parties, which retired, leaving one of their wounded. Seeing the other party coming up behind him he ran down the trench to meet them, killed the leading man, and, supported by a few men, drove back this party,
killing and wounding several. His great personal courage, coolness, and the fine military qualities which he displayed were a magnificent example to all ranks.
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