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Lieutenant James Alexander Miller, Otago Regiment Awarded Military Cross For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Bapaume during the period 25th August – 5th September, 1918. On the 25th August, in the attack on Favreuil, he was commanding a platoon. His company commander and the other officers were casualties, and this officer on his own initiative assumed command and pushed through the village. Then he advanced about 300 yards beyond his objective. This company captured over 100 prisoners, and their success was mainly due to the fine example set by this officer. Later on the 5th September, he was wounded leading an attack on Nauville. (The text is ‘Nauville’, but maybe it should be ‘Neuville’?)


About the Military Cross The Military Cross (MC) was instituted on 31 December 1914. It is awarded to junior officers and senior non commissioned officers of the Army for courage and devotion to duty on active service. Over 500 MCs were awarded to New Zealanders during the First World War and over 250 in the Second World War


'Extract from the Supplement to London Gazette 31st January 1919 'War Office

1st February, 1919

His majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the following awards to the undermentioned Officers and Warrant Officers in recognition of their gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field

MILITARY CROSS

2nd  Lieutenant James Adam Jones   …..

Captain John Meyer   ….

2nd Lieutenant Walter Edwin McMinn   …

Lieutenant James Alexander Miller  1st Bn,  Otago Regiment

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Bapaume during the period 25th. August – 5 September, 1918. On the 25th August, in the attack on Fauvreil, He was commanding a platoon. His company commander and the other officers were casualties, and this officer on his own initiative assumed command and pushed through the village. Then he advanced about 300 yards beyond his objective. The company captured over 100 prisoners, and their success was mainly due to the fine example set by this officer, later, on the 5th September, he was wounded leading an attack on Nauville.


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