WW1 - Second Lieutenant Donald McCunn

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Military Medal for former Head Master of Mansfield Woodhouse School

By Pauline Marples

 

Report in the Mansfield Chronicle

26 September 1918

 

MILITARY CROSS FOR WOODHOUSE OFFICER

It is with much pleasure that we record the awarding of the Military Cross to Second Lieutenant  Donald McCunn  Royal Field Artillery who prior to joining the army during the present war held the position of  head master at Oxclose  Lane Boys School, Mansfield Woodhouse. The official account for which  the gallant conduct of which this distinction has been bestowed was contained in the issue of the 'London Gazette'  for September 16th and was as follows:-

For conspicuous  gallantry and devotion to duty under heavy machine gun fire at close range. He kept his section firing to the last covering the withdrawal of the remaining four guns. He showed great coolness and resource.

The action referred to  took place on March 22nd last,  during the German offensive.  Lieutenant  McCunn  was wounded sustaining a compound fracture of the jaw on April 4th and was brought back to a London hospital on April 6th. He is still in hospital but practically well again we are glad to learn.

The inhabitants of Mansfield Woodhouse, and particularly the younger ones who were under Mr McCunns charge in his capacity as schoolmaster  feel much pride and pleasure in the distinction which has been conferred upon him. Mrs McCunn is to be congratulated upon her husbands  success and his recovery from the  wound.

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