Tenby's Heroes - Gallantry Awards

The First World War had an impact on almost every family in Britain, with relatives killed or wounded, women widowed and children orphaned.  Wales made a significant contribution to the war effort.  It is estimated that between 1914 and 1918 some 273,000 men were recruited, either as volunteers or conscripts to serve in the army.

The ‘Tenby Remembers’ project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund ‘First World War: Then and Now’ small grants programme, enabled Tenby Museum and Art Gallery to research the stories of the men form Tenby who served in the forces during the conflict, based on the Tenby Roll of Honour.  The resulting publication Tenby Remembers is available for purchase in the museum shop.

Over eight hundred and eighty people with connections to Tenby are known to have served their country.  The book details three hundred and seventy four of these individuals.   If anybody has any further information we would be delighted to hear from you.

Tenby Remembers

The following gallantry awards are known to have been awarded to people from Tenby. The list is not definitive.

Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

Level 2 Gallantry Award. Awarded to officers ranked Major or one rank below or above. The award was announced in the London Gazette. Awarded for an act of meritorious or distinguished service in wartime and usually when under fire or in the presence of the enemy. Also awarded to officers of equivalent rank in the Royal Navy. The recipient of a Distinguished Service Order is known as a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order and is entitled to use the letters D.S.O. after their name.

Guy Mortimer Coleridge Davidge
John Plunkett Verney Hawksley
Randall Plunkett Taylor Hawksley
Charles Prideaux Triscott

Military Cross (MC)
Level 3 Gallantry Award. Awarded for acts of exemplary gallantry during active operations in the presence of the enemy. Awarded to substantive rank of Captain or lower. The award was announced in the London Gazette. A recipient of the award is entitled to use the letters M.C. after their name.

Arthur Graham William Brown
Michael Flavin
Leoline Jenkins
Francis John Dobree Knowling
Alfred Dudley Mason
Augustus Charles Owen
Richard Victor Harley Roseveare
William L Roseveare
George Rumball

Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Level 2 Gallantry Award. Other ranks equivalent to the Distinguished Service Order. Distinguished Conduct Medal was awarded for gallantry in the field in the face of the enemy. A recipient of the award is entitled to use the letters D.C.M. after their name.

David James Hinds
Herbert Ernest Wingate

Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)
Level 3 Gallantry Award. An award for bravery whilst on active service at sea. Awarded to Royal Naval other ranks. Recipients of the medal are entitled to use the letters D.S.M. after their name. Equivalent to the Military Medal.

Frank Rolfe Crockford
William Karl Davies

Military Medal (MM)
Level 3 Gallantry Award. Other ranks equivalent of the Military Cross. Awarded for gallantry and devotion to duty when under fire in battle on land. Recipients of the medal are entitled to use the letters M.M. after their name. Army equivalent of the D.S.M.

Jack Bines
William George Brace
George Oriel Burn
Rupert Henry Hundley
James Hurley
Henry James
Ronald Henry Crofton Johns
Alfred Dudley Mason
Percy Harold Outram
William Thomas John Way
Harold Glyn Williams

Meritorious Service Medal
Awarded for good, faithful, valuable and meritorious service with conduct judged to be irreproachable throughout. Other ranks usually have at least twenty years service.

Jack Bines
Arthur Dalby Owens
Frederick William Shorney

Mentioned in Despatches
To be mentioned in despatches is when an individual is mentioned by name and commended for having carried out a noteworthy act of gallantry or service. A despatch is an official report written by the senior commander of an army in the field.

George Young Allen
Norman Anthony Bancroft
Guy Mortimer Coleridge Davidge
George Henry Allured Denne
Michael Flavin
George Johnson Grieve
John Plunkett Verney Hawksley
Randall Plunkett Taylor Hawksley
Henry May Henderson
Mary Hulton
James Arthur Jones
Walter Kenworthy
David Richard Mason
Ernest Victor Ravenhill
William Rees
William L. Roseveare
Harold Sandercock
Reginald Thomas
Charles Prideaux Triscott

French Medaille Militaire

George Oriel Burn
George Johnson Grieve

francis crockford

Francis Crockford

Tenby Remembers Book

Tenby Remembers

Biographical sketches, letters, eye witness accounts and essays about people from Tenby who served in World War I, 200pp, illustrated

Available at the Museum Shop £6.99