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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      
ribbonddso.gif (1036 bytes) Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

 
Instituted on 9 November 1886 and awarded for individual instances of meritorious or distinguished service in wartime. Prior to 1943, it was awarded only to officers whose service had been mentioned in despatches for "distinguished services under fire, or under conditions equivalent to service in actual combat with the enemy."

By the Second World War, this award generally went to officers in command of battalions or brigades and holding Lieutenant-Colonel rank or higher.  However, in the early years of the First World War, the DSO was the only medal available to reward officers, short of the Victoria Cross, until the creation of the Military Cross.  While awards to men ranked Major or below were not uncommon in the First World War, by 1944 the award often indicated not just outstanding leadership, but also individual feats of gallantry just short of that degree rewarded by the Victoria Cross.

In total, 1291 Canadians have been decorated with the DSO (20 of these in the Boer War and 710 in the First World War), with 113 Bars (ie a second award, which includes 89 in the First World War) and 18 second Bars (or third awards, including 15 from the First World War). 

Thus, nineteen of the 1291 DSOs went to officers of the Regiment, three members of the Tenth Battalion were awarded a Bar to the DSO, and one 10th Battalion Officer received a second Bar (a feat only matched by 14 other Canadians).

The Distinguished Service Order is technically not a "medal" but the insignia of this order is indeed represented in the form of a medal, or ribbon when worn in "undress."   The DSO 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 following awards were made to members of the 10th Battalion, CEF, and The Calgary Highlanders.  This listing only covers those officers who were serving with the Regiment during the action(s) for which the award was made, not DSO holders who may later have served with either the 10th Battalion or Calgary Highlanders.

First World War 1914-1918

Rank Name Date of Action Location Other Awards Notes
Lieutenant-Colonel Ormond, Daniel Mawat N/A N/A   Periodic (Awarded on the occasion of His Majesty’s Birthday; 1917.)
Lieutenant-Colonel Rattray, J.G. N/A N/A

CMG

Periodic (New Year Award, 1916.)
Major Ashton, Edward James N/A N/A   Periodic (New Year Award, 1916.)
Major Critchley, Walter

9 Apr 1917

Vimy Ridge   Citation
Major Ferguson, Hugh

9 Apr 1917

Vimy Ridge   Citation
Major MacDonald, Eric Whidden N/A N/A

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Periodic (New Year award; 1917.)
Also awarded the MC
Major Sparling, Albert Walker

9 Apr 1917

Vimy Ridge   Citation
Later transferred to 1st Bn, awarded 2 bars to DSO.
Major Thomson, Alexander

Oct 1916

Somme

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Also awarded the MC
Citation
Major Walker, Phil

27-28 Sep 1918

East of Haynecourt

  Citation
Captain Arthur, Christopher Geoffrey N/A N/A  

Periodic (Awarded on the occasion of His Majesty’s Birthday; 1915.)

Captain Costigan, Charles

17 Nov 1915

Trench Raid

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Also awarded the MC
Killed at Passchendaele Nov 1917
Citation
Captain Younger, Lewis N/A N/A

Periodic (Awarded on the occasion of His Majesty’s Birthday; 1919.)
Also awarded the MC & 2 bars
Lieutenant (A/Capt) Graham, Gordon

2 Sep 1918

Villers-les-Cagnicourt   Citation
Lieutenant McEachern, Norman Angus

Aug 1917

Hill 70   Citation
Lieutenant (Acting Captain) Thompson, William Winfred

Aug 1917

Hill 70

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Also awarded the MC
Citation

ribbonddsobar.gif (1464 bytes) Bar to the Distinguished Service Order
Rank Name Date of Action Location

Notes

Lieutenant-Colonel MacDonald, Eric Whidden Aug 1918 Amiens Citation
Lieutenant-Colonel Ormond, Daniel Mawat

Aug 1917

Hill 70 Citation
Lieutenant McEacheren, Norman

2-4 Sep 1918

Villers-les-Cagnicourt/
Canal du Nord
Citation

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Rank Name Date of Action Location

Notes

Lieutenant-Colonel MacDonald, Eric 2 Sep 1918 Villers-les-Cagnicourt Citation

Second World War 1939-1945

Rank Name Date of Action Location Link to Award Doc
Lieutenant- Colonel Ellis, Ross     Feb - April 1945 For service as Commanding Officer, especially at Wyler 8 Feb 1945. Link to award document
Lieutenant- Colonel Heyland, William Dalton ("Dalt") Aug 1944 - Apr 1945 Leadership as company 2 i/c, command commander and battalion CO Link to award document
Lieutenant- Colonel MacLauchlan, Donald George 13 Aug 1944 For a brilliant surprise attack on Clair Tizon, France.   Award made Oct 1944. Link to award document

Major

Clarke, Francis Herbert ("Knobby") Aug 1944 - Apr 1945 For outstanding leadership, particularly at Gruppen-Buhren 26 Apr 1945. Link to award document
Major MacKenzie, Bruce 21/22 Sep 1944 Albert Canal, Belgium.  Award presented 18 Dec 1944. Link to award document

Honourable Mention - Major Vernon ("Vern") Stott, second in command of the 1st Battalion, The Calgary Highlanders, was transferred to command of the 1st Battalion, The South Saskatchewan Regiment in 1944, where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, as well as being Mentioned in Despatches, and made an Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau (with Swords), a foreign award.


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