Sergeant Henry James ‘Harry’ May, 2nd Divisional Signals, Burma

The ‘mention in despatches’ is arguably the United Kingdom’s oldest form of recognition for gallantry or meritorious service on operations—the inclusion of the names of those worthy of being brought to the attention of the Admiralty or War Office became well-established in the 19th Century. An excellent, early example is the ‘mention’ of Serjeant Moore … Continue reading Sergeant Henry James ‘Harry’ May, 2nd Divisional Signals, Burma


As Christopher Nolan’s epic visualization of the evacuation from Dunkirk hits the big screen, it is timely to look briefly at the gallantry of the Corps’ soldiers during the operation. The chapter of the book that deals with the nation’s second highest award for gallantry in action—the Distinguished Conduct Medal[1]—devotes a large part to the … Continue reading Dunkirk

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