Mentioned in Despatches (M.I.D.)

To be "Mentioned in Despatches" is when an individual is mentioned by name and commended for having carried out an noteworthy act of gallantry or service. A Despatch is an official report written by the senior commander of an army in the field. It would give details of the conduct of the military operations being carried out. From the time of the Boer War the Despatches were published in the London Gazette in full or in part.

In 1919 Army Order 166/1919 confirmed that individuals "Mentioned in Despatches" would receive a certificate. This included personnel of the British Navy, Army and Air Force, and Indian Dominion, Colonial, Egyptian Forces and members of the Red Cross, Y.M.C.A., Y.W.C.A. and British civilians male and female.


Lieutenant David Sonnie Dewar M.I.D.


Machine Gun Corps (Inf).                                                   

Killed in Action 22nd March 1918, Aged 24.                   

London Gazette  M.I.D


Lieut. David Dewar was the son of the Rev. David and Mrs. Dewar, of Holy Trinity Vicarage, Loughborough, He was educated at St. Johns Foundation School, Leatherhead, he gained an exhibition at Downing College, Cambridge. In the Lent Race of 1914, when the Downing boat made five bumps, he rowed bow. He was also a member of the Cambridge O.T.C., and took the degrees of B.A. and LLB in 1915. He went to the front in January 1917, and there took part in much severe fighting. Letters were received from his brother officers speaking of his bravery and devotion to duty, and his C. O. wrote;-"He was the bravest officer and he finest gentleman it was ever my luck to meet." He had originally intended to take orders and to take up missionary work in China. He had been mentioned in dispatches. His only brother, Sec. Lieut. L. J. A. Dewar, R.M.L.I. was killed at Beaumont Hamel on Nov. 13 1916.

Major  William Francis Martin M.I.D.


C, Squadron Leicestershire Yeomanry.

Killed in Action 13th May 1915,  Aged 39.                                                         

London Gazette  1.1.1916 M.I.D


William was the son of Robert Frewen Martin & Henrietta Susan Martin of The Brand, Loughborough; husband of Violet Martin of the Holt, Woodhouse.

He was Killed in action at the Battle of Frezenberg. He joined the ranks of the Yeomanry in 1897. In the following year he was promoted to 2/Lt; in 1903 he was made Lt.; in 1904 he was made Captain, and in 1911 became a Major in command of C (Loughborough) Squadron. He served as a Lt. in the 7th Company LIY during the South African war, and received the Queen's medal with four clasps.

Killed in the same trench as Major Martin were, Major Leibert, Lt. Brooks, Lt. Peake, Troopers Hickling and Adams, and Sgt. Burton.

Major W. F. Martin is seen here leading off C, Squadron,
in the Market Place Loughborough,on mobilization in 1914.

Sergeant 41289 Thomas F. Marston M.M. & 2 Bars MID


5th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.  (MID)

London Gazette 1392 of 28/1/1918.  



London Gazette 6007 1st Bar, 2nd Bar 9340 of 23/7/1919.  



Lt.-Col, Toller presented to Sergeant H. Marston the Military Medal with two bars for acts of conspicuous gallantry.

 The Military Medal was awarded in the following circumstances.

The attack on the Menin-road was being held up, but this N.C.O. turned the gun on the remaining enemy who speedily surrendered on seeing our men again advancing. Thirty prisoners were taken and the position captured with slight loss, due to the action of this N.C.O. He encouraged his men by his cool demeanour and tireless energy an organisation of the line. After capturing the machine-gun he used it on the enemy and then pushed on, with a few men and captured 39 Germans.

The first bar was granted for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the attack on Pontruet on September 24th 1918.

When his company was held up by a nest of machine-guns he went forward with two men and succeeded in overcoming the enemy and destroying the machine gun. Afterwards when his company and platoon commanders were knocked out he rallied his men and engaged other enemy machine guns with covering fire and so enabled other companies successfully to enter the village.

The second bar was granted for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, especially during the attack on Fresnoy- le -Grand Railway Station on 9th October 1918.

This N.C.O. was platoon sergeant. He led a small party round the flank of the enemy's position in spite of machine gun fire from high ground on the east side of the railway line. Here by bombing the enemy's machine gun position he enabled it to be attacked from the front. During the attack on Riquerval Wood on 11th October 1918, he was in charge of a flank platoon working with the next position. He showed complete indifference to the enemy's machine gun fire, which was exceptionally heavy, and more than once, by his promptness in dealing with the enemy's indifference, enabled the advance to continue. He set the finest possible example throughout.

Thomas Marston lived at Shakespear Street, Loughborough and died of War Gases 10thJune 1922 and was buried at Loughborough Cemetery. (No stone on grave) 


Temp Lieutenant William Start M.I.D.


Tank Corps.

London Gazette 12475 of 24/12/1917.  



Lieutenant W. Start (centre) with his Tank crew.


William Start (M.I.D.)


2nd Lieutenant  Frederick George Taylor M.I.D.


1/5 Bn. Leicestershire Regiment                                                                  

London Gazette  M.I.D


Served with the 1/5th Bn in World War One. Commissioned 1.8.1917. Mentioned in Dispatches.


Major William Shirley Northcote Toller D.S.O. M.I.D.


5th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.                                                                                       

London Gazette 38 of 1.1.1916 M.I.D


Major Toller had the honour of appearing before the King and receiving the insignia of the D.S.O. for conspicuous service in the firing line. For over 15 years Major Toller has been associated with the Volunteer movement, and ten years ago he succeeded Major Griggs as Captain of the Loughborough Company. Whilst in command at Loughborough Major Toller won the respect and esteem of the men in the local company and when some six years ago he was promoted to the rank of Major it was feared he would be parted from us. However he still continued to take command and took the company from Loughborough to Luton in the autumn of 1914, and from Luton to the front in Flanders.

Originally served in the 1st Volunteer Battalion. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 25.4.1900, Lieutenant 5.8.1900 and Captain 2.4.1904. Served with the 5th Bn in World War One and received the D.S.O. and was Mentioned in Despatches. Also commanded the Bn from 16.10.1915 to 3.11.1915. He was taken prisoner in March 1918. Also served as Lieutenant Colonel with the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment. Was Lt. Col of 5th Bn 1920 to 1926. Honorary Colonel of the 5th Bn from 6.4.1938 to 21.6.1947. died 17.4.1976, aged 97.