Harrogate Herald - 9th May 1917
Roll of Honour
Our readers will be interested to hear that early
this week Mrs Sugden, 17 Forest Avenue, Starbeck, widow of
the late Captain John Edwin Sugden, of the Royal Irish
Rifles, received the DSO, which was awarded to her husband for
gallant and distinguished service in the field.
The official statement is as follows :
War Office, Whitehall, SW, 19th April, 1917. Madam,
I have it in command from His Majesty the King to inform you as next
of kin of the late Captain John Edwin Sugden, of the Royal
Irish Rifles, that this officer was mentioned in a despatch from General
Sir Douglas Haig, dated 13th November, 1916, and published in
the second supplement to the London Gazette of 2nd April, dated 4th
January, 1917, for gallant distinguished service in the field.
I am to express to you the King's high appreciation
of these services, and to add that His Majesty trusts that their
public acknowledgement may be some consolation in your bereavement.
I have the honour to be, Your obedient servant, M
D Graham, Colonel, Assistant Military Secretary.
The certificate admitting to the Order has also been
forwarded to Mrs Sugden.
The DSO was established in 1886. The badge, which is
worn on the left breast, consists of a gold cross pattee, convexed,
enamelled white, edged gold, having on one side in the centre within
a wreath of laurel enamelled green, the Imperial Crown in gold upon
a red enamelled ground; and on the reverse, within a similar wreath
and on a similar red ground, the Royal cypher. The badge hangs from
the ribbon by a gold clasp, ornamented with laurel, while another
similar clasp is worn at the top of the ribbon. The DSO ranks
immediately after the 4th Class of the Royal Victorian Order, and
for officers to be eligible for it they must have been
"mentioned in despatches". The number of members of the
Order is unlimited.
W H Breare letter
You remember that Harrogate hero, Captain Sugden,
who fell doing his duty so brilliantly. Today I had the pleasure of
inspecting his DSO medal which has been forwarded to his wife. One
cannot help feeling how pathetic it is that he was not able to
receive it himself, and at the hands of the King. When we come to
think of it, boys, we know in our hearts that at the moment if his
death he was possessed with the joyous consciousness of duty nobly
done - a happiness far greater than any earthly reward. I had never
seen a DSO medal before, and I was impressed with its beauty. As a
rule medals are not much to look at, but this was an exquisite
design perfect in its artistic detail. Let us always keep Sugden's
Harrogate Herald – 15th January 1919
RSM Arthur Sugden, of Belmont Grove, Starbeck, has been
awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry in the field
on October 11th. He is the youngest brother of the late Captain
and Adjutant J E Sugden, DSO.