Military Cross (M.C.)


Instituted by Royal Warrant on 28thDecember 1914.

The Military Cross was a decoration for gallantry during active operations in the presence of the enemy. Individuals in the British Army, the Indian Army or the Colonial Forces. Commissioned officers with the rank of Captain or below or Warrant Officer were eligible for the award. From June 1917 officers of the rank of captain but who had a temporary rank of major could receive the award.

From August 1916 an individual could receive one or more Bars to the Military Cross. Recipients of the medal are entitled to use the letters M.C. after their name.



Lieutenant  Arnold Montague Barrowcliff M.C.


5th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.                                                                                      

London Gazette New Years Honors List


Lieutenant Barrowcliffe is the son of Mr. And Mrs. G. H. Barrowcliffe of Forest Road Loughborough, and was educated at Loughborough Grammar School and Morgan College, thence passing through London University, where he took his B.A. with 2ndClass honors in architecture. Following his Fathers profession he joined Messrs, Everard, Son and Pick, the well-known firm of Leicester Architects, with whom he was at the outbreak of war. While at the University Mr., Barrowcliffe joined the officers training corps and reached the rank of Sergeant in his last year. He then joined the 5th Battalion Leicester Territorial and was gazetted Second Lieutenant in January 1914. When the Battalion went to the front in the Autumn of that year he was left in charge of the depot at Loughborough and was then transferred to the 3rdand 5thon the formation of the new Battalion.  He then had charge of a company and was also musketry officer, having passed the course at Strensell with distinction. In October he went with other officers to France and after some months with the 5th Leicester's was attached to a tunneling company of the Royal Engineers, for which work he had qualified by a course in which he gained a certificate for life saving in mining. 

Two distinctions one being the Military Cross have been conferred upon Lieutenant Arnold M. Barrowcliffe, of Loughborough, in recognition of his services on August 10th, when he was wounded. He has also been gazetted temporary Lieutenant, dated from October 2ndlast year. Mr. Barrowcliffe was in the Leicestershire Regiment, but had been attached for several months to a tunneling company of the Royal Engineers. The deed for which he is to receive the decoration has been described by a fellow Officer as " one of the pluckiest actions yet done by any officer in the company." 

 He was working in my section the Huns blew up a mine in front of our trenches in the early morning. Your son went up to see what damage had been done to our saps, and found the infantry in the trenches opposite the mine. He promptly took charge and called for volunteers, and went over the parapet with some men to dig a trench in broad daylight up to the crater made by the mine, and in trying to do this got hit. It was not really his work at all, but he knew it was correct, and did it.


He was at one of the field Hospitals visited by the King on his recent visit to the front, and one of the official photographs shows his Majesty speaking to the wounded officer.


Leicestershire Regiment Museum  Collection.


Major Herbert Luis Beardsley M.C.


8th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.                                                                                      

Died 2nd November 1941,  Aged 64.

London Gazette New Years Honors List



The following announcement is contained in the New Year Honors denoting the conferring of the Military Cross by his Majesty the King.

Temporary Captain (now temporary Major) Herbert Luis Beardsley, 8thLeicestershire Regiment.

Previous to the announcement the recipient had been appointed to the command of a battalion of the Leicester's and is now temporary Lieutenant Colonel. Lieutenant Colonel H, L, Beardsley is the second son of the late Mr., W P Beardsley, of the Grove, Loughborough, and brother, Mr. W F B Beardsley of Messrs Woolley, Beardsley and Bosworth, solicitors. Another brother, Mr., A, Lionel Beardsley, who resided at Shepshed, where he practiced as a solicitor, is also served with the colors. Lieutenant Colonel Beardsley was a member of the London Stock Exchange, and was given his commission in the early weeks of the war. He is spoken by his men, who include many Loughburians, in terms of the greatest affection.


Secound Lieutenant Harry Bull M.C.


Royal Garrison Artilery.

London Gazette 9564 of 14.9.1917  


On Wednesday, Second Lieutenant Harry Bull, MC, RGA, at the request of His Majesty, attended an investiture held at Buckingham Palace, in company with his wife, to receive the military cross-awarded to him on August the 16th, 1917.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty under heavy and continuous shelling of his Battery position. He led a party to the rescue of some Gunners who had been buried in a dugout and brought them to a place of safety, displaying fearless initiative and energy under heavy fire.

Second Lieutenant Bull, who resides at 11 Curzon Street, is the son in law of Mr. J.W.Ray Frederick Street.



Lieutenant  Frederick Burt  M.C.


Warwickshire Yeomanry, attd. 20th Hussars.

London Gazette 14231 of 2/12/18  


Lieutenant Frederick Burt of the 20th Hussars received the honor of winning the Military Cross. He marched out of Loughborough that sunny morning in August 1914, with the Leicestershire Yeomanry, through Hoton on their way to Grantham, the last time some of them saw the town. He was one of the 13 who came back from the scrap in May, 1915, and remained with the yeomanry until last year, when recommend for a commission, he came to England for cadet duties. Preferring the Yeomanry, he entered the 20thHussars, and won the distinction as stated. Lieutenant Burt came to Loughborough when a young man to work for Messers potter and Son, and was one of the best known members of Miss Cayless bible class in Emmanuel parish, where by his unwavering courtesy he showed he was marked for a useful life if spared. 

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when sent with his troop to find out enemy positions. Coming under heavy machine-gun fire, he pushed on with three men and a Hotchkiss rifle and by inflicting many casualties on the enemy and sending back accurate information assisted the advance of his infantry. Throughout the operation he showed great dash and initiative.


Captain Walter Stanley Gimson M.C.


Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

Killed in Action 16th August 1917, Aged 32.

London Gazette 11561 of 25/11/16  


Walter was the son of William & Martha Gimson of Leicester, husband of Isabel Beatrice Gimson of 9 Forest Road Loughborough.



Second Lieutenant William Frederick Jelley M.C.


6th Bn. Yorkshire Regiment.                                   

Died of Wounds 2nd November 1917, Aged 22       

London Gazette 619 of 9/1/18      


Lieut. W. F. Jelley, M. C. only son of ex-police Sergt. Jelley, of 124 Leopold street, Loughborough. He had been in a critical condition since the date he was wounded 14th August and on October 19thhis condition necessitated an operation and he progressed fairly satisfactorily, but three days before his death the leg had to be amputated. In September 1914, he joined the 8thLeicesters, and in a very short time was promoted to sergeant. On recovering from wounds received in July 1916, he was granted a commission in February 1917. Lieut. Jelley, who was 22 years of age, and a native of Syston, was educated at the Loughborough Intermediate School and latter at the Grammar school, which he attended for five years. Before his death one of the Royal Princes attended at Lieut. Jelley's bedside and read out to him the order conferring upon the wounded hero the award of the Military Cross.

 The wording was as follows.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in handling his platoon.

"On August 14 you showed great courage and initiative in leading your platoon. Though wounded in the head you continued to lead your platoon until you had gained your objective. Later in the day you were again wounded having your right thigh broken. Though in great pain and unable to move you continued to urge on your platoon, and by your example of fortitude kept up the spirits of your men until after dark when you were carried from the field."



R.S.M. 24003 Harry George Lovett M.C. D.C.M.


1/5th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment, T.F. 

London Gazette (M.C.) 12312 of 3/10/1919                      

London Gazette (D.C.M) 3243 of 7/3/1919                                           

Harry Joined Loughborough 'C' Company Volunteers aged 18. Served with the 5th Bn in World War One. Was seriously wounded in 1915 at the Hoheuzollern Redoubt. Recieved the M.C. and D.C.M. Had previously served in South Africa with the Volunteer Company during the Boer War.


For conspicuous gallantry and good work during the operations on 11thOctober 1918, at the Bois de Riquerval. He rendered very valuable service to his commanding officer throughout some fourteen hours continuous fighting. On more than one occasion he reorganised men of different units and held on to a position gained under heavy fire. Throughout the operation he rendered good service.


For the past year he has been R.S.M., He has throughout shown great keenness, courage and initiative, particularly in organising the supply of ammunition in difficult circumstances and under fire. His service in this respect was worthy of special praise during the recent advance at Richebourg. Prior to his appointment as R.S.M. he served for six months as C.S.M., being seriously wounded in 1915 at the Hohenzollern Redoubt, an action in which he took command of his company with great gallantry when all the officers became casualties.