HC Deb 04 April 1917 vol 92 cc1285-6

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he will supply for the information of Members of this House a short and concise record each quarter of the names and deeds of those officers and men of the Imperial Army and Navy who, since the commencement of the War, have won the following medals and decorations: Victoria Cross, Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross, Military Medal, and Distinguished Conduct Medal; and whether he will cause such records to be placed in the Library?


Much as it is desired to give the fullest publicity to the acts of gallantry for which these decorations and medals are awarded, I fear that in view of the enormous clerical labour involved, it is impossible to supply the quarterly record asked for. I would remind my hon. and gallant Friend that the notification of all awards of the Victoria Cross, and also of awards of the Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross, and the Distinguished Conduct Medal conferred by Commanders-in-Chief in the field, accompanied by statements of the deeds for which they are granted, are published in the "London Gazette," copies of which are placed in the Library. As regards the Military Medal, lists of names are gazetted, but the awards are too numerous to admit of publication of services. As regards naval distinctions, perhaps my hon. and gallant Friend would address his question to the Admiralty.