A very fine Canadian Great War Second Battle of the Somme Action near Orange Hill 26th August 1916 single Distinguished Conduct Medal awarded to Sergeant F. Duckworth, 2nd Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles, sometime attached to the 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade Light Trench Mortar Battery, being out on the Western Front from January 1916, he would have taken part in the Battle of Mount Sorrel in June 1916, before being wounded in action during the Battle of the Somme on 20th December 1916, when he received a gunshot wound to the head and left

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A very fine Canadian Great War Second Battle of the Somme Action near Orange Hill 26th August 1916 single Distinguished Conduct Medal awarded to Sergeant F. Duckworth, 2nd Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles, sometime attached to the 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade Light Trench Mortar Battery, being out on the Western Front from January 1916, he would have taken part in the Battle of Mount Sorrel in June 1916, before being wounded in action during the Battle of the Somme on 20th December 1916, when he received a gunshot wound to the head and left knee during the Battle of the Ancre Heights. It was during the Second Battle of the Somme when in action near Orange Hill on 26th August 1916 that Duckworth won his Distinguished Conduct Medal when under very heavy fire he took through to the objective, 2,500 yards distant, four Stokes’ guns with crews, and as part of the escort, he together with several men, rushed a machine gun post which they encountered along the way, thereby saving many casualties.

Distinguished Conduct Medal, GVR bust; (117232 SJT F. DUCKWORTH. 2/CAN:M.R.)

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Frank Duckworth was born on 24th August 1887 in Blackburn, Lancashire, and having emigrated to Canada and settled in Calgary, Alberta, then worked as a rancher, but with the outbreak of the Great War, he attested for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Calgary on 5th January 1915, joining as a Private (No.117232) the 12th Regiment. Arriving in England on 9th October 1915, he then saw service out on the Western Front and joined the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles on 29th January 1916.

Serving as part of the 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade, his would have taken part in the Battle of Mount Sorrel on the Ypres Sector, and was attached to his brigade’s Light Trench Mortar Battery on 15th June 1916, being appointed to Acting Corporal on 28th September 1916, and then confirmed in that rank. Wounded in action during the Battle of the Somme when he received a gunshot wound to the head and left knee on 20th December 1916 during the Battle of the Ancre Heights, it is clear that his wound was only slight, though it necessitated his being award from his unit till he returned on 27th February 1917.

Promoted to Sergeant on 27th May 1917, he left his attachment to the Trench Mortar Battery on 1st October 1917 and rejoined the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles. It was during the Second Battle of the Somme when in action near Orange Hill on 26th August 1916 that Duckworth won his Distinguished Conduct Medal, the award being published in the London Gazette for 11th March 1920.

The citation reads as follows: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and good work. On the 26th August 1918, near Orange Hill he, under very heavy fire took through to the objective, 2,500 yards distant, four Stokes’ guns with crews. On the way, he together with several men, rushed a machine gun post, thereby saving many casualties.’

Duckworth, having assisted his the trench mortar’s when he won his award, was then reposted to the 8th Brigade’s Light Trench Mortar Battery on 17th September 1918, and spent the remainder of the war with this unit, before being returned to Canada on 12th March 1919, and he was then discharged on 31st March 1919.