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17th Manchesters - Albert Alton DCM
« on: December 01, 2013, 08:39:14 AM »
Hi Mack,
This man's Service Record confirms he was captured at Trones Wood.  Strangely, the Official Record omits Albert from the DCM list, but the citation confirms the number as 17/8361 and his Record identifies Montauban as the relevant place.
Gazetted 28/3/18 "for Montauban action" [1/7/16]. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  During a heavy bombardment a trench was blown in in several places and several men were buried.  He at once started to dig them out under a very heavy fire, and rescued two men single-handed.  He behaved in a most cool and courageous manner throughout the bombardment.  *Albert was a resident of 69 Hilton Street, Higher Broughton.  He had initially bean rejected as too small (5 ft 6 1/2")  by the Navy.  Aged 19 years and 9 months Albert was a former Cutter who enlisted 3/9/14.  He trained with I Platoon, A Company holding a chequered record of discipline (42 Days C.B.)  Listed as Missing, then PoW 11/7/16, Trones Wood.  Notified to father, George on 17/8/16.  Held in Dulman Camp to be repatriated at Leith on 10/12/18.  He was domobilised on 12/3/19.
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Re: 17th Manchesters - Albert Alton DCM
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2013, 11:54:30 AM »
what official records is he omitted from ??hes in the DCM roll,which is from official records,and he has a MIC and service record

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Re: 17th Manchesters - Albert Alton DCM
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2013, 12:11:28 PM »
The 1923 First City Brigade book calls itself "a Record 1914-18"
Is it best to call this the Official History?
Any way Albert is not on the DCM list in appendix 1 of 17th section.
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Re: 17th Manchesters - Albert Alton DCM
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2013, 12:14:34 PM »
I solved my own question. Albert Alton is listed with 16th Bttn for his DCM.
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Re: 17th Manchesters - Albert Alton DCM
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2013, 12:22:53 PM »
aahhh i know what you mean tim,its that bloody book again,a history of 16th,17th,18th and 19th manchesters,its full of omissions and wrong info,its a useful book,but double check any entries you find,just to make sure,most of the dodgy info is during the 1918 period.

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Re: 17th Manchesters - Albert Alton DCM
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2013, 02:00:01 PM »
I'd assumed The History or Record was accurate - but not now. Albert's Service Record shows he was reported missing on 10/11 July 1916 by OC 17MR.  This seems to indicate he had not been attached or posted to 16th.  I'll continue to claim him for my Honours list...

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Re: 17th Manchesters - Albert Alton DCM
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2013, 02:14:12 PM »
I'd assumed The History or Record was accurate - but not now. Albert's Service Record shows he was reported missing on 10/11 July 1916 by OC 17MR.  This seems to indicate he had not been attached or posted to 16th.  I'll continue to claim him for my Honours list...

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your right to claim him tim,he was in the 17th batt,its another error in the book,you found your first one and there will probably be more.

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Re: 17th Manchesters - Albert Alton DCM
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2013, 07:44:23 PM »
Does the forum know the reason why deeds carried out on 1st July 1916 were not recognised until the Gazette of 12/3/18?  It seems even more strange when he Albert was being held as a PoW for the whole intervening period.
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Re: 17th Manchesters - Albert Alton DCM
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2013, 01:28:37 AM »
Manchester Evening News - Tuesday 24 October 1916 listing Alton as a POW

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Re: 17th Manchesters - Albert Alton DCM
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2013, 02:33:34 AM »
Does the forum know the reason why deeds carried out on 1st July 1916 were not recognised until the Gazette of 12/3/18?  It seems even more strange when he Albert was being held as a PoW for the whole intervening period.
Tim
tracking down witnesses,if the officer doing the recommending was also captured,then they would need to get a full statement from him and that takes time.

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Re: 17th Manchesters - Albert Alton DCM
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2013, 09:09:48 AM »
Thanks both,
I may see whether Santa will pay for a subscription to the Newspaper Archive...

Mack produces a fresh challenge.  Who was the officer who recommended the DCM?  Only Captains Madden and MacDonald would seem to be the senior officers who could have recommended Honours and they weren't captured.  It must have been the witnesses who may have been captured at Trones Wood.  Otherwise wounded men may have been separate (just about everyone at Montauban was wounded at least once) and it will have taken a lot of time and effort to verify details.

Is Albert Hall the Private A E Hall who was interviewed by Martin Middlebrook?

T
ps I just found http://www.themanchesters.org/DCM%2017THbN.htm Albert's Service record mentions his DCM for Montauban action.  Is it possible to update the list?
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