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BIRCH Charles
36944, Rifleman, 1st Battalion, NZ Rifle Brigade, att 3rd Light Trench Mortar Battery

CITATION
Distinguished Conduct Medal
For conspicuous gallantry and good work.  He was one of a light trench-mortar gun team in the attack on Le Quesnoy on 4th November 1918.  He went forward and located a machine gun which was holding up the advance, enabling the remainder of his gun team to blow out the gun and thus allow the advance to proceed.  He, with one other man, then made a daring reconnaissance of the locality from which the machine gun had been firing, and captured and brought in an enemy officer and twenty seven other ranks

AWARDS
Distinguished Conduct Medal
British War Medal
Victory Medal

NOTES
Born 31 October 1891, Auckland, NZ
Died 3 April 1966, Kaeo, NZ