75777 Corporal Robert Child.

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Royal Field Artillery.

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in the London Gazette of 20 October 1916.

Child was a native of Colne, Lancashire.

The citation for the D.C.M. published in the London Gazette reads, "For gallantry in action. He ran out to wire on top of the parapet to obtain communications. The wire could not be laid in the trench, and, although warned of the dangers and being sniped at the whole time, he successfully completed his task."

The Burnley Express reported, COLNE MAN'S D.C.M. Corporal Robert Child, son of Mr. and Mrs. Child, of 13, Bent's, Colne, has been awarded the D.C.M. for bravery in protecting wires under heavy shell fire in July. Corporal Child enlisted into the Royal Field Artillery in January 1914. He has only been home once and that was November last year. He is 22 years of age, and prior to enlisting in the army he was employed by Messers. W. and J. Sagar's leather works co-operative. Along with his brothers he attended Christ Church and Sunday School and for many years was a member of its choir.