From the Devon and Exeter Gazette
28 September 1917
PRESENTATION OF A DCM AND A CLOCK
An unusually interesting ceremony took place in the Church School, Ipplepen, when Corporal Andrew Rabbage of the Royal Arm Medical Corps, formally received his DCM for bravery in the field on Easter Monday when the advance from Arras was made.
The Rev. E. D. Cooke explained that the presentation was usually made by His Majesty the King, but as the recipient was home from the front to be married and wished to wear it on the occasion, he had been entrusted with the honour and duty.
He expressed the pleasure it gave them all to know that one born and bred in the parish had won this distinction for bravery. Out of 200 men who had volunteered for unusually risky duty, four had obtained distinction.
The Vicar then pinned on the medal amid the applause of a room nearly full of interested spectators. Corporal Rabbage was then presented with a handsome eight-day clock on the occasion of his marriage with Miss Eva Lee, which took place on Tuesday at noon. The present had been subscribed for by some 60 well-wishers in the parish. The present was suitability acknowledged.
Mr Jago expressed the delight it gave him to find one of his old scholars had so distinguished himself for bravery and recalled some of his characteristics as a boy. He was ever willing to help, he was sociable which accounted for the interesting event coming off on the following day and he was not a strife-maker.
After Mr. Hodge had spoken of Corporal Rabbage as an exemplary boy and young man, the Rev. G. H. Fagan of Kingskerswell added his congratulations as, for some time, Corporal Rabbage had lived in his parish and he had the audacity to think a sort of reflective honour was thrown on that place.
The wedding of Miss Eva May Lee and Corporal Rabbage took place in the parish church on Tuesday, the Rev. R. D. Cooke officiating. Misses S. Rabbage, W. Lee and Joan Matthews were bridesmaids. Mr Matthews gave away the bride and Private Davey ASC of Kingskerswell acted as best man. Mr. Jago played Mendelssohn's Wedding March as the happy pair left the church."