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The Military Cross was instituted as a Decoration on December 28th, 1914, to
reward Distinguished Services rendered by Officers of certain ranks in the army
in time of war. Bars may be added for additional acts of gallantry. Since August
1st, 1918, it has, like the D.S.O., been awarded for "services in action" only.
Comyns, Arthur Patrick (1915-19) : M.C. ; Lieutenant, R. Welch Fusiliers ; France and Belgium 2 years.
Thus ended the second Battle of the Somme, the most serious defeat sustained by us during the war.
In the operations described above the M.C. was won by four of the Council's staff:
(iii) Lieut. A. P. Comyns (10th R. Welch Fusiliers, Clerk) at Hamel on 30th March, " when a considerable length of trench on both sides had been evacuated, held the trench with a Lewis gun and three men, keeping up a steady fire and inflicting many casualties until reinforcements arrived."
London Gazette 30th Dec 1915
R. Welch Fusiliers
The undermentioned to be Second Lieutenants : —
Arthur Patrick Comyns. Dated 30th Dec 1915
London Gazette 23 July 1918 - Military Cross :
Lieutenant Arthur Patrick Comyns, R.W. Fus
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action, Whena considerable length of trench on both sides of him had been evacuated by the garrison, he held the trench with a Lewis gun and three men keeping up a steady fire and inflicting many casualties until reinforcements arrived
London Gazette 9 Dec 1921
Lieut. A. P. Comyns is granted the rank of Captain