THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
WICKENS Robert Charles
2/249, Major, New Zealand Field Artillery
807374 & 5/10/566, Lieutenant Colonel, Home Guard, WW2

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 17 December 1917, p13180
For distinguished gallantry and devotion to duty.  When a gunpit was set on fire causing an explosion which killed one man, he set to work personally to localise the fire.  As men arrived he organised them into a fire party, and eventually succeeded in extinguishing the fire, thereby saving the other gun and ammunition and probable loss of life.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 28 May 1918, p6204
For distinguished and gallant service and devotion to duty during the perion 25th September 1917 to midnight 24/25th February 1918.  General Sir D. Haig's despatch dated 7 April 1918.

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

NOTES
Born 7 May 1890, Christchurch, New Zealand [Some files give birthdate 7 January 1890]
Died 27 May 1974, Christchurch, New Zealand