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Awards of the 'Medal of the Military Division of the Order of the British Empire Medal for Gallantry ' (EGM) was made to four members of the 2nd Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment during the 1921 Malabar Campaign. The awards were gazetted on 2 June 1923.
This order was subsequently subsumed into the George Cross when it was created in September 1940. As the 2nd Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment remained overseas until after the Second World War ,all four were presented with the George Cross rather than the Empire Gallantry Medal. Their Citations follow below.
5718748 Private Frederick Chant GC
Private Chant showed rare coolness and disregard of danger. On one occasion when he had been using his Lewis Gun at a range of about twenty yards against the enemy, who were occupying a house and firing at him at the closest range his gun failed. He calmly got up and fetched a rifle and bayonet and maintained his fire on the target he had been originally given with coolness and deliberation.
The George Cross was presented to Private Chant at Buckingham Palace on 29 February 1947.
Fredrick Chant was born at Sherborne in 1900.
5178907 Private Thomas Frank Miller GC
At Nilambur on 24th September, 1921, this man displayed great gallantry by going forward towards a Rebel ambush and firing on it at close range. He was instrumental in dislodging several snipers who were causing casualties to our troops.
The George Cross was presented to Private Miller at Buckingham Palace on 29 February 1947.
Thomas Miller was born on 7 October 1887, as one of sixteen children and son of a prison warder at Portland Jail.
5179290 Private Henry Frederick Troake GC
This man showed conspicuous gallantry in advancing close up to the fence surrounding a house in which Rebels had been located and in covering the rush of Lieutenant Woodhouse and Corporal Collins who fired the roof. Both these men subsequently showed great courage in clearing the garden and jungle round the house.
The George Cross was also presented to Private Troake at Buckingham Palace on 29 February 1947.
Henry Troake was on 4th September 1896, at Uplowman, Devon
5718234 Sergeant William George Hand GC. MM
Showed great gallantry and coolness on 24th September, 1921, near Nilambur when the Advanced Guard of the column was ambushed by the enemy. Whilst subjected to close fire at about fifteen yards range Sergeant Hand successfully bombed the enemy and by his coolness and initiative materially assisted in clearing up the situation.
The George Cross was presented to Sergeant Hand at Buckingham Palace on 3rd February 1942.
George Hand was born on 17th October 1896, Nunton, Wiltshire.