A superb Canadian Great War Attack on the Drocourt-Queant line 2nd September 1918 single Distinguished Conduct Medal awarded to Sergeant A. McN. Frizzell, 1st Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps, a native of Norobo, then spelt Norborough, Prince Edward Island, who saw service with the 13th Canadian Machine Gun Company out on the Western Front from 8th February 1917, and was decorated for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at the Drocourt-Queant line on 2nd September 1918. An infantry battalion had been held up by artillery and machine

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A superb Canadian Great War Attack on the Drocourt-Queant line 2nd September 1918 single Distinguished Conduct Medal awarded to Sergeant A. McN. Frizzell, 1st Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps, a native of Norobo, then spelt Norborough, Prince Edward Island, who saw service with the 13th Canadian Machine Gun Company out on the Western Front from 8th February 1917, and was decorated for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at the Drocourt-Queant line on 2nd September 1918. An infantry battalion had been held up by artillery and machine gun fire, and he took his gun forward on a road enfiladed by machine gun fire, and then brought it into action against an enemy field battery firing over open sights, silencing them by casualties he inflicted on the gunners. On two other occasions he brought his own and a captured enemy gun into action at close range against field guns.

Distinguished Conduct Medal, GVR bust; (625181 SJT A. McN. FRIZZELL. 1/CAN: M.G.C.)

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Alexander MacNeil Frizzell was born on 27th November 1887 in Norobo, then spelt Norborough, Prince Edward Island, Canada, and worked as a merchant, but with the outbreak of the Great War, he then enlisted on 16th March 1916 into the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Lacombe, Alberta, where his father lived, as a Private (No.625181) with the 151st Overseas Battalion.

Arriving in England on 13th October 1916, he then transferred to the 11th Reserve Battalion, and then transferred to the Depot of the Canadian Machine Gun Corps at Shorncliffe on 16th October 1916, and then joined the depot at Crowborough. Frizzell then saw service with the 13th Canadian Machine Gun Company out on the Western Front from 8th February 1917, and transferred to the 1st Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps on 1st March 1918.

Having been promoted to Sergeant, Frizzell was in action during the attack on the Drocourt-Queant line on 2nd September 1918 when he won his Distinguished Conduct Medal, the award being published in the London Gazette for 16th January 1919.

The citation reads as follows: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at the Drocourt-Queant line on 2nd September 1918. When an infantry battalion was held up by artillery and machine gun fire, he took his gun forward on a road enfiladed by machine gun fire, and came into action against an enemy field battery firing over open sights, silencing them by casualties he inflicted on the gunners. On two other occasions he brought his own and a captured enemy gun into action at close range against field guns.’

Frizzell returned to Canada on 26th April 1919 and was discharged on 5th May 1919. Only 97 awards of the Distinguished Conduct Medal were made to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps.