Once, Twice, Three Times a Hero……………….

S992 Major (Quarter-Master) J. P. Dobson, MBE, DCM**, MM, ED: 9th Btn York & Lancaster Regiment


During WW1, thousands of men were awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (second to the VC for an other rank), however only nine men received this award three times…. These men were:


CSM AJ Bonser, 2/4th London Regt, 1st London Division, Royal Naval Division, 53rd Division. Disbanded June 1916
P.O. JG Cowie, Hood battalion, RNVR, 63rd Royal naval Division
CSM JP Dobson, 9th York and Lancaster, 23rd Division
L/Sjt JJ Hickman,17th (1st Football),Middlesex, 33rd and 2nd Divisions
Sjt C Leadbeater, 1/5th Lincs. 46th Division
Sjt W Logan ,2nd Batt. Royal Highlanders. Meerut Division Indian Army, 7th indian division
Sjt G Mitchell, 2nd Batt. Royal Highlanders.Meerut Division Indian Army, 7th indian division
CSM S Phillips, 1st Batt, Worcestershire Regt. 8th Dividion
Sjt GH Soles, Canadian Infantry, 3rd Candian Division.
CSM TE Woodward, 2nd Batt, R Scots Fusiliers. 7th, 30th, 40th and 9th Divisions.


However today the man I want to tell you about is Company Seargent Major J.P.Dobson, a true action man.


He finished his career as a Major, one of 9 men to hold the DCM 3 times, as well as hold an MBE, an MM and an Al Valore Militaire presented by the King of Italy for gallantry.


MM; 11/11/1916
Around this time the 9th Btn Y&L, I believe, were at the Somme.

Unfortunately, no citation for this award.
DCM; 25/NOV/1916
Around this time the 9th Btn Y&L, I believe, were at the Somme.

S992 Sjt. J. P. Dobson, 9th Btn York & Lanc. R.

For conspicuous gallantry in action. He organised and led a bombing party and repulsed an enemy counter-attack. He assumed command of his company, displaying great courage and initiative. Later, although wounded, he greatly assisted in repulsing an enemy bombing attack.

DCM 1st bar; 17/Apr/1917
Around this time the 9th Btn Y&L, I believe, were at Arras.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He consistantly did magnificient work throughout the operations. When a shell burst in the trench and buried two NCO’s, he was the first to go to their assistance, and, under heavy fire, dug them out, thereby saving the life of one of them. His splendid example did much to reassure the men under very trying conditions.

DCM 2nd Bar; 19/NOV/1918
Around this time the 9th Btn Y&L, I believe, were at Piave/Sacile.
8992 C/S/M J.P.Dobson, DCM, MM , 9th Bn, Y&L Regt (Snaith) (ITALY)

For conspicuous gallantry and daring on the 30th-31st October 1918, in the Piave battle. He commanded a patrol in front of of our line, and in face of machine gun fire and rifle fire gained valuable information. On 31st October, during the attack on Sacile he led his men, under heavy fire from the houses, right down the main street, capturing it and taking many machine guns and prisoners.

Al Valore Militaire (Italy); 25/MAY/1917

Presented by the King of Italy for gallantry rendered during the campaign.

MBE: 2nd June 1943;
Major John Pearson Dobson Y&L Regt’, I believe he got this MBE for consistent good work.




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