Distinguished Conduct Medal, BWM, Sergeant George P. Edgerton, 9th Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
DCM L.G. 14/11/1916, awarded for an action at El Hannah, Mesopotamia, occurring on 5th April 1916.
“For conspicuous gallantry in action. With his officer he attacked and disabled an enemy machine-gun, displaying great gallantry and determination.”
On the 1st of April, the Battalion left Sheik Sa’ad, en route for Orah. On the 3rd they arrived in camp at Orah, proceeding to march to the trenches in front of the Hannah position arriving at 11:30 pm.
The 4th was spent resting and making preparations for the attack at down on the Morning of the 5th.
On the 5th at 4:30 am, the Battalion in cooperation with the other Battalions of the 39th Brigade attacked the Hannah trenches occupied by the Turks, and continued to advance until noon when the Battalion dug temporarily in cover and rested. At 7pm the battalion again went forward, relieving a battalion belonging to the 40th Brigade, and attacked the Falahiyeh position again causing the enemy to retire. At about 11 PM the brigade was relieved by Indian Troops of the 3rd division. The casualties for these two actions were, Officers; 5 Killed, 7 Wounded, 2 Died of wounds. Other ranks; 29 Killed, 154 Wounded, 6 Died of wounds.
This was the day Sergeant Edgerton earned the D.C.M.
With copy MIC, research, Full war diary for April, detailing the actions