THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
MITCHELL Gordon Ross
9/181, Major, Otago Mounted Rifles, XXII Corps Mounted Troops
822332 Colonel, New Zealand Home Guard, WW2
21048 Legion of Frontiersmen

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Major, Otago Mounted Rifles, 22nd Corps, Mounted Troops
Gazetted 18 January 1919, p1024
Gazetted 1 February 1919, p1616
For conspicuous gallantry during the operations on the Somme from 22 August to 18 September 1918.  This officer with his squadron was attached to the division on the left flank and during the whole time, owing to this splendid leadership, his squadron obtained information of the utmost value.  On the 24th August in the vicinity of La Boiselle when the position was obscure, he personally went forward under heavy machine gun and shell fire, and brought back most valuable information to divisional headquarters. Several times during the operations he made personal reconnaissances and obtained most reliable information

Mention in Despatches
Captain, Mounted Rifles
Gazetted 1 June 1917, p5429
For distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty.  Field Marshal D. Haig.  Commander-in-Chief the British Armies in France, despatch of 9 th April 1917

Mention in Despatches
Major, Otago Mounted Rifles
Gazetted 11 July 1919, p8836
For distingushed and gallant services and devotion to duty during the period 16 September 1918 to 15 March 1919

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
       Mention in Despatches (2)
War Service Medal 1939-45
New Zealand War Service Medal
Coronation Medal 1937
Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers Decoration
Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal
New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal
New Zealand Territorial Service Medal

Gallipoli Medallion
Gallipoli Lapel Badge

Frontiersmen Long Service & Efficiency Medal (Awarded in 1966)

NOTES
Born 24 September 1887
Died 23 April 1971, Montecillo War Veteran's Home, Dunedin, New Zealand
Buried Anderson's Bay Cemetery, Dunedin

Also served at Gallipoli with the Main Body

Was an early member of the Legion of Frontiersmen in New Zealand, he joined in the 1920's.