23733 Sergeant Samual Rivett.

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8th Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in the London Gazette of 3 September 1918.

Awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette of 16 July 1918.

Rivett was a native of Burnley, Lancashire. The citation for the D.C.M. published in the London Gazette reads, "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This N.C.O. was in charge of three fighting patrols whose objectives lay beyond some 1,200 yards of open ground, which was heavily shelled and swept by machine gun fire. He maneuvered his men forward with great skill and courage and, in spite of heavy casualties he reached his position where he maintained himself until the retirement of troops on his flanks brought him under enfilade of machine gun fire. He then withdrew covering the movement himself with the Lewis gun, of which all the crew had become casualties, until he reached a position in rear, where he remained until relieved the following night. His coolness and ability were a great example to his men".

Mentioned at page 210 of the Regimental History, which shows that the award was for gallantry at HAZEBROUCK on the 1st April 1918.

The Burnley Express of 18 May 1918 reported, BURNLEY SERGEANT HONOURED. Mr. Wright of the Boot Inn, Burnley, has received a letter from Sergeant Samuel Rivett of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment who formerly worked for him as a barman, stating the he has been awarded the Military Medal for, 'Good work on the 28 March 1918 when our battalion was in some heavy fighting'. The wife and family of Sergeant Rivett reside at 73, Marlborough Street, Burnley.

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