HC Deb 28 February 1917 vol 90 cc2015-6
14. Colonel M'CALMONT

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that a number of warrant and non-commissioned officers and men have served continuously in the fighting line for over two and a half years without having been fortunate enough to have been brought to notice for some act of gallantry for which the military medal can be awarded; and whether steps will be taken with a view to a grant of military medals to meet such cases of this kind as may be recommended by commanding officers?


Decorations are granted on the recommendation of a soldier's superior officer or for some definite act of bravery or exceptionally good service. No reports have been received from Commanders-in-Chief in the field that any necessity exists for extending or modifying existing principles. I would remind my hon. and gallant Friend that there are no restrictions on the number of military medals which may be awarded.