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With the Machine Gunners in France and Palestine

2nd Lieut. D. Fletcher

2nd Lieut. D. Fletcher.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his section commander had become a casualty he assumed command and displayed great coolness and initiative under very heavy machine gun fire and bombing counterattack by the enemy. He and one other man were the only two unwounded in the team, but they kept the gun in action until both were wounded and until the infantry were compelled to withdraw, when they withdrew their gun and reopened fire, then reorganised his section with marked ability, obtained fresh guns and remained on duty all day, sending back clear and valuable reports. By his personal courage and leadership he rendered very valuable service. He has previously done fine work.