From the Exeter Flying Post
7 August 1915
The Distinguished Conduct medal won by Devonshire Regiment men at Hill 60, near Ypres, are included in the list issued this week. They are:
Private R. Ball, 1st Battalion:
"For conspicuous gallantry on May 2nd at Hill 60 near Ypres. After the Germans had made use of asphyxiating gas, which caused many casualties. Private Ball, with another man, went out from the trench into the open under heavy fire and brought in a man who had been overcome by gas fumes."
7798 Private Robert Ball of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment was the son of John and Lucy Ball of Sandford. Born in Sandford in 1887. Died 4 September 1916 aged 29.
Sergeant Charles Jeffery:1st Battalion:
"For conspicuous gallantry between April 21 and May 4 at Hill 60. Corporal Jeffery was in charge of the bomb throwers, and by his energy and the frequent display of courage of a very high order, the effect of the enemy's bombs was reduced and kept under. His zeal and resource were especially conspicuous during the night of the 1st/2nd May, when asphyxiating gas was used."
9343 Sergeant Charles ("Charley") Jeffery of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment was the son of Samuel and Mary Jeffery of Chagford; husband of Laura Emily (née Hatherley). Born in Throwleigh in the March Quarter of 1879. Died 13 May 1915 shortly after this incident.
Corporal C. W. Lock, 2nd Battalion:
"For conspicuous gallantry and ability on the night of 6 May when some 300 or 400 men were working in the neighbourhood of a sap-head*between our trenches and those of the enemy. Corporal Lock was in charge of the picquet occupying the sap-head. On two occasions, the working party rushed back to the trenches, believing that the enemy was advancing in strength. On each occasion, he encouraged his men by his coolness and example, keeping them at their post. On the 9th of May, near Rouge Bancs, he led his section under heavy shell and Maxim gun fire until he was wounded.
8827 Corporal Courtney Wilson Lock of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment was the son of Frank and Grace Lock. Born in Up Ottery in the June Quarter of 1891. Believed to have survived the war.
Three men were decorated at this ceremony- Sergeant D'Arcy (dressed in white and almost invisible against the white-painted shed), Major Clarke and Lance Corporal Tremlett (see below). The first-named received Russian medals - Lance Corporal Tremlett the DCM. The presentation took place in the No. 1 Temporary Hospital which, we believe, was in St. Leonard's, Exeter.
From our collection
Lance Corporal W. H. Tremlett, 1st Battalion:
"For conspicuous gallantry on May 2nd at Hill 60. After the Germans had made use of asphyxiating gas, which caused many casualties, Lance Corporal Tremlett with another man, went out from the trench into the open under a heavy fire and brought into cover a man who had been overcome by the gas fumes. This act was entirely voluntary."
7376 Lance Corporal William Henry Tremlett of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment was born in Wythicombe, Exmouth in the September Quarter of 1887. The Western Times recorded that he was presented with his medal at a special ceremony at the VAD Hospital in Exeter in front of his wounded comrades 17 May 1916. Believed to have survived the war.
7451 Lance Corporal H. Webber, 1st Battalion:
For great gallantry and resource between April 21st and May 4th at Hill 60 where he formed one of the regimental bomb throwers. He rendered most valuable services, especially during the night of the 1st/2nd May during a period when asphyxiating gas was used."