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Dodds, Robert Norman

Date of birth:
November 25th, 1895 (Lemington/Northumberland, United Kingdom)
Date of death:
November 21st, 1978 (Hexham/Northumberland, United Kingdom)
Service number:
95464
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Acting Sergeant
Unit:
50th Northumbriann Divisional Signals Company
Awarded on:
June 3rd, 1916

Presented by Lieutenant General Sir William Pulteney, General Officer Commanding III Corps, at a ceremony on the afternoon of 28 August 1916.
Birthday Honours
Military Medal (MM)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Sergeant
Awarded on:
January 26th, 1917
Citation:
"For conspicuous gallantry in action. He organised parties for laying and maintaining telephone cables under very severe fire. He set a splendid example throughout."
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Period:
Russian Civil War (1917-1922)
Rank:
Sergeant
Awarded on:
July 15th, 1919
Citation:
"During the attacks on Bolshee-Ozerki on 23rd March and 2nd April, 1919, he worked unceasingly under heavy fire from the enemy, and, after having established signal communication, continued, at great personal risk, to keep in touch with the different attacking parties. It was his disregard for danger and splendid spirit that inspired his men to keep up communication at all risks when exposed to great danger."
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Major
Unit:
Royal Corps of Signals
Awarded on:
February 18th, 1943
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
This officer was in charge of the rear parties of linemen who were responsible for keeping all the permanent lines of Eight Army through till the last moment, destroying then when ordered and withdrawing. This necessitated a very complete knowledge of all the lines in successive positions, a complete liaison with surrounding units and formations, good positioning of his parties and a very fine judgement in giving the executive order to withdraw at the right moment compatible with the party not becoming casualties. Major DODD carried out his duty during the whole withdrawal from TOBRUK to EL ALAMEIN. His cheerful help and advice and efficient handling of the situation at al times was largely contributory to the efficiency of line communications of Eight Army throughout the withdrawal.

Additional remark:
"This officer has set a fine example to his juniors."

Upgraded from a rcommended Bar to the MC.

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