Distinguished Conduct Medal awarded to Sergeant S.G. Mallindine, 2nd Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade
A rare Canadian Great War Canadian Motor Machine Gunner’s Action at Jig Saw Wood 29th August 1918 single Distinguished Conduct Medal awarded to Sergeant S.G. Mallindine, 2nd Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade, late 19th Canadian Machine Gun Company, who saw service out on the Western Front from March 1918, and was decorated for gallantry while in action at Jig Saw Wood on 29th August 1918, when he had charge of communication between the forward batteries and report centre, and despite the fact the heavy shelling made it very difficult to keep this communication intact, he showed great gallantry and devotion to duty in keeping it up.
Stephen George Mallindine was born on 26th December 1892 in Ilford, Essex, and having emigrated to Canada, then settled in Sudbury, Ontario, where he worked as a telegraph operator for the Canadian Post Office. With the outbreak of the Great War he then attested for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Sault Sainte Marie on 1st December 1915, and joining as a Private (No.754671) with the 119th Overseas Battalion.
Arriving in England on 19th August 1916, he was appointed to Acting Sergeant whilst at Bramshott, but then reverted to Private on transferring to the Canadian Machine Gun Depot on 7th March 1918. Having seen home service in England up till then, Mallindine transferred to the 19th Canadian Machine Gun Company on 15th March 1918, and was appointed to Acting Corporal three days later. Arriving on the Western Front on 24th March 1918, when he was promoted to Corporal
Mallindine then transferred to the 2nd Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade on 7th June 1918, and was promoted to Sergeant on 6th August 1918, but then came down with tuberculosis as well as boils in the ear and was hospitalised from 11th September to 21st September 1918.
It was for his gallantry in action at Jig Saw Wood on 29th August 1918 that Mallindine won the Distinguished Conduct Medal, a rare award to his unit, it was published in the London Gazette for 9th March 1919.
The citation reads as follows: ‘For consistent good service and gallantry under fire, especially while in action at Jig Saw Wood, 29th August 1918. He had charge of communication between the forward batteries and report centre. The heavy shelling made it very difficult to keep this communication intact, and he showed great gallantry and devotion to duty in keeping it up.’
Proceeding to England on 7th March 1919, and returned to Canada on 6th May 1919, being discharged on 16th May 1919.