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Current Awards:  Victoria Cross OMM/MMM MSM (Cdn) MiD    
Former Awards: Imp.Honours & Foreign DSO MC DCM MSM (Brit) MM 
Service Awards: United Nations NATO Foreign Volunteer Long  
Commemoratives: Confederation Jubilee Provincial      
ribbondcm.gif (1062 bytes) Medal for Distinguished Conduct in the Field (DCM)

 
This medal was instituted in December 1854, and was awarded to Warrant Officers, NCOs and men for "distinguished conduct in the field".  In practice, it is considered second only to the Victoria Cross in terms of prestige.  It is not awarded for service or for leadership, but individual acts of courage.  As such it is exceedingly rare.  For example, only 161 Canadians were awarded the DCM for service in the Second World War (with one second award, or Bar, also being awarded); seven of them were Calgary Highlanders.  It was not unheard of for soldiers recommended for the Victoria Cross to be awarded the DCM in lieu; this was the case with Sergeant Ken Crockett, DCM, of the Calgary Highlanders.

The Military Medal, considered a lower award for bravery, was not introduced until 1916, so the award of DCMs earlier in the war may have been slightly more generous.

A typical citation (this one for Lance Corporal George William Allan) would be as follows (as published in the London Gazette No. 29202, dated June 30, 1915)

"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the night of 23rd - 24th April 1915, when he fought first one machine gun and then a second, until both were put out of action and their teams either killed or wounded, he then continued to fire with his rifle until killed at his post."

The Distinguished Conduct Medal was replaced in 1972 when the Canadian Honours System was introduced, replacing many of the former British Empire/British Commonwealth awards currently in use by the Canadian Government and Department of National Defence.  The modern equivalent of the DCM would most likely be considered the Star of Courage.

The following awards were made to members of the Tenth Battalion, CEF, and The Calgary Highlanders.  Posthumous awards are highlighted in grey.

First World War 1914-1918

Rank/Appointment Name Date of Action Location Other Awards Notes
Company Sergeant Major Carter, Henry Thomas

Aug 1917

Hill 70

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Later awarded MC as officer
Citation
Company Sergeant Major Nuttall, Jack P.

Jun 1916

Mount Sorrel

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Also awarded the MM
Citation
Company Sergeant Major (Acting R.S.M.) Watchman, James

9 Apr 1917

Vimy Ridge   Died 11 Nov 1917
Citation
Sergeant Barlow, Arthur (34076)

Mar 1918

Hill 70

Also awarded the MM and Bar as a Corporal
Citation
Sergeant Budd, Arnold

4-5 Feb 1916

Trench Raid   Citation
Sergeant Caminer, Hugh 9 Apr 1917 Vimy Ridge

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Also awarded the MM as a Lance Corporal
Listed in Gallant Canadians as Corporal
Citation
Sergeant Forbes, Davis

Aug 1917

Hill 70   Citation
Sergeant Jeeves, Charles H.H.

1918

Amiens/Arras   Citation notes "in front of Amiens and Arras."
Citation
Sergeant Leebody, Samuel

27/28 Sep 1918

Hayencourt   Citation
Sergeant Legg, Percy B.

9 Apr 1917

Vimy Ridge   Citation
Sergeant Malkinson, Wilfred H.

2 Sep 1918

Villers-les-Cagnicourt

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Also awarded the MM as a Private
Citation
Sergeant Maxwell, Dougall

Aug 1917

Hill 70   Citation
Sergeant McAndie, David Oct 1916 Somme

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Also awarded the MC and MM
Died 15 Aug 1918
Citation
Sergeant Milne, Edward Ramsay May 1915 Festubert

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Awarded the Bar to the DCM and also awarded the MC as a Captain
Died 10 October 1918
Citation
Sergeant Morrison, Charles May 1915 Festubert   Citation
Sergeant Oliver, Ambrose

8 Aug 1918

Amiens   Citation
Sergeant Stone, Harry C.       Citation
Sergeant Vose, Ernest Apr 1917

Vimy Ridge

  For actions as Signals Sergeant
Citation
Lance Sergeant Shoesmith, Frederick Oct 1916 Somme

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Also awarded the MM
Citation
Lance Sergeant Underwood, Arthur A.

2 Sep 1918

Villers-les-Cagnicourt

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Also awarded the MM, Acting Sergeant on citation.
Citation
Corporal Baker, William 23 Apr 1915 St. Julien   Also awarded French Croix de Guerre.
Citation
Corporal Bradley, Thomas W.

27/28 Sep 1918

Hayencourt   Citation
Corporal Brookes, Ralph May 1915 Festubert   Citation
Corporal Coates, Robert 8 Apr 1917 Vimy Ridge - Trench Raid

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Also awarded the MM
Citation
Corporal Greenwood, Thomas C.

8 Aug 1918

Amiens

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Also awarded the MM
Citation
Corporal Grover, George S.

27/28 Sep 1918

Hayencourt   Citation
Corporal Hume, Edward M.

8 Aug 1918

Amiens   Citation
Corporal Palmer, John E. May 1915 Festubert   Gallant Canadians lists as Lance Sergeant
Citation
Corporal Purmal, Nicholas

Aug 1917

Hill 70   Citation
Corporal Ross, Thomas Oscar 24 Apr 1915 St. Julien   Died 3 August 1915
Listed in Gallant Canadians as Private
Citation
Corporal Schultz, Samuel 24 Apr 1915 St. Julien

 

Citation
Corporal Wennevold, John Oscar

Aug 1917

Hill 70   Died 28 September 1918
Gallant Canadians lists as Lance Sergeant
Citation
Lance Corporal Allan, George 23-24 Apr 1915 St. Julien   Killed 23 April 1915
Citation
Lance Corporal Buddry, Frederick L. 3 Jun 1916 Mount Sorrel

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Also awarded the MM
Citation
Lance Corporal Cooper, William

8 Aug 1918

Amiens

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Died 3 September 1918
Also awarded the MM (with another battalion)
Citation
Lance Corporal Culgin, Alexander

2 Sep 1918

Villers-les-Cagnicourt   Citation
Lance Corporal Hayter, Arthur 3 Jun 1916 Mount Sorrel   Citation
Lance Corporal Jones, Gordon P.

Aug 1917

Hill 70   Died 8 August 1918 at Amiens
Listed in Gallant Canadians as Corporal
Citation
Lance Corporal King, William 23 -24 Apr 1915 St. Julien   Listed in Gallant Canadians as Corporal
Citation
Lance Corporal Wilson, Harry

2 Sep 1918

Villers-les-Cagnicourt

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Also awarded the MM
Died 28 September 1918
Listed in Gallant Canadians as Corporal
Citation
Private Beggs, William

Nov 1917

Passchendaele   Citation
Private Bloxham, Charles 24 Apr 1915 St. Julien   Citation
Private Burnell, Arthur W.

28 Sep 1918

Epinoy   Listed in Gallant Canadians as Lance Corporal.
Citation
Private Clark, Richard

2 Sep 1918

Villers-les-Cagnicourt   Citation
Private Collins, John P.

28 Sep 1918

Epinoy   Citation
Private Cox, Frank S. 4-5 Feb 1916 Trench Raid   Citation
Private Cracknell, Charles J.

Aug 1917

Hill 70   Citation
Private Curtis, Norval

17/18 Oct 1918

Ecaillon

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Also awarded the MM
Citation
Private Fenwick, McLeod

2 Sep 1918

Villers-les-Cagnicourt   Citation
Private Fidgett, Thomas D.

Aug 1917

Hill 70   Citation
Private Flynn, Thomas

2 Sep 1918

Villers-les-Cagnicourt   Citation
Private Graham, Lloyd J. Mar 1918 Trench Raid   Citation
Private Henry, J.

8 Apr 1917

Vimy Ridge - Trench Raid

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Also awarded the MM
Citation
Private Holmes, William J.

2 Sep 1918

Villers-les-Cagnicourt   Citation
Private Hughes, Joseph F.

2 Sep 1918

Villers-les-Cagnicourt   Citation
Private Kosko, Michael 12 Mar 1918 Trench Raid   Citation
Private La Duke, George W.

2 Sep 1918

Villers-les-Cagnicourt   Citation
Private Mattison, Peter

2 Sep 1918

Villers-les-Cagnicourt   Citation
Private Morin, Alexander Oct 1916 Somme   Attached to Trench Mortar battery at time of deed.
Died 19 Feb 1917
Citation
Private Pettengill, Charles

2 Sep 1918

Villers-les-Cagnicourt   Citation
Private Sixby, Frank 4-5 Feb 1916 Trench Raid   Citation
Private Smith, Henry

Aug 1917

Hill 70

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Also awarded the MM
Citation
Private Van Valkenberg, Gordon

8 Aug 1918

Amiens

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Also awarded the MM
Citation
Private Webb, Harry 19 Aug 1918

Trench Raid

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Also awarded the MM
Citation
Private Zuidema, Louis

4-5 Feb 1916

Trench Raid   Citation

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Rank Name Date of Action Location

Notes

Sergeant Milne, Edward 4-5 Feb 1916 Trench Raid

Earned the DCM at Festubert, 1915.
First Canadian in the Great War to win the Bar to the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
Citation


Second World War 1939-1945

No. Rank Name Date of Action Location Other Awards Notes Link to Award Doc

K2190

Private Brown, William Cary 23 Oct 1944 Ossendrecht, The Netherlands   Died in motorcycle accident on 8 Dec 1944.  Award made posthumously, 18 Dec 1944. Link to award document
M35070 Sergeant  Crockett, Ken 21 Sep 1944 Albert Canal, Belgium     Link to award document
(file no. only - document not online)
K52168 Sergeant Laloge, Emile Jean  1 Nov 1944 Walcheren Causeway, The Netherlands

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Also awarded the MM.  Award presented 28 Jan 1945. Link to award document
M12091 Sergeant Reed, Thomas James 7 October 1944 Hoogerheide, The Netherlands

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Also awarded the MM.  Link to award document
(file no. only - document not online)
B127987 Lance Corporal McMahon, Robert Allan 8 Feb 1945 Wyler, Germany     Link to award document

M105583

Lance Corporal Rourke, Floyd Orin 26 Apr 1945 Gruppen-Buhren, Germany     Link to award document

M8999

Private Austin, R. E 8 Feb 1945 Wyler, Germany

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Also awarded the MM. Link to award document
 

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