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Captain Robert Vaughan Kestell-Cornish, M. C.

Roll of Honour entry for Capt. R. V. Kestell-Cornish

04/09/1856 - 17/06/1918


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Commenced service (following acceptance into College but prior to matriculation) on the 7 June 1915. Gazetted to the Dorsetshire Regiment, 1st Battalion in August 1914, Lieutenant; Captain, 1916; Adjutant, November 1916; joined Staff as General Staff Officer 3 on 3 September 1917. Three times mentioned in Despatches. Awarded the Military Cross:

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the night of May 1st, 1915, on Hill 60. When most of the officers and men had been asphyxiated and he himself was suffering from the effects of gas, he rallied the men who remained and held the hill till reinforcements arrived.

(The London Gazette, 29 June 1915)

Won a Bar to the M.C. in November 1916,

For marked courage and ability when in charge of a working party under heavy fire. Later he commanded two companies, and maintained his position under most difficult circumstances.

(The Edinburgh Gazette, 14 February 1917)

Died in hospital of wounds on 17 June 1918, three months after being wounded at Houlthulst Forest in March 1918.

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