Wilfred Rice DSC(American)

1898 Jul 17. Born South Shields, Durham

1901 census at 109, Eglesfield Road, South Shields

1911 census at 7 St Jude's Terrace South Shields

1915 Dec 2. Commissioned 2nd Lt in DLI

1917 Jul 1. 2nd Lt W Rice, DLI to be Lt

1918 Oct 17. Wins American DSC. There were only 12 British recipients of this award in WW1. . The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lieutenant Wilfred Rice, British Expeditionary Forces, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, British Expeditionary Forces, during Ypres-Lys offensive, 17 October 1918. Lieutenant Rice went forward during the advance under a heavy barrage of rifle and machine-gun fire and cut paths in the wire in order to further the advance of his company. Having cut the wire, with two men he rushed a machine-gun position, capturing the gun, and forcing six of the enemy to surrender. This action took place when fighting alongside the American 27th Division. It was in LG of 18 Aug 1920.

1920 Apr 1. Gazetted out Lt in 3rd DLI

1920 Nov 22. Joined ADRIC with service no 1092. Posted to K Coy

1921 Jan/Mar Married Maria Moses in Gateshead

1921 Mar 26 Posted to Depot

1921 Apr 1. Permitted to resign

1939 Register Living at White Cottage Woodlands Road , Boldon U.D., Durham with wife Amy. He is a Hoover salesman

1949 Died Gateshead aged 51

 

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