Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
At one point I thought Hugh Benson may have been awarded the DCM during action in WW1, but this turned out not to be the case.
The DCM was instituted in 1854 to recognise "distinguished, gallant and good conduct" by troops in the Crimea. All DCMs were issued named to the recipient, usually with impressed details around the medal's rim.
London Gazette 24th June 1916 (Page 6301)
His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned Warrant officers, Non-commissioned Officers and men for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty in the field :-
S/12836 Pte. H. Benson, 2nd Bn., Rif. Bde.
For conspicuous gallantry. During a heavy bombardment by the enemy with trench mortars Privates Benson and Webster succeeded in digging out three buried men in broad daylight under heavy fire of all kinds.
(similarly page 6305) Pte. J.F.Webster, 2nd Bn., Rif Bde.)
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