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Lieutenant T ROONEY, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment.

AWARDS: MC & Clasp to MC


London Gazette 20th September 1916.

Royal West Kent Regiment  - The under mentioned cadets to be  temporary 2nd Lieutenants (on probation) (attached) : 5 September 1916. - Thomas Rooney

London Gazette 6th December 1916.

War Office, 6th December, 1916. REGULAR FORCES. 

The under mentioned temporary 2nd Lieutenants (attached) (unless otherwise stated) are transferred to Service Battalions, with seniority shown against their names - Royal West Kent  Regiment - T Rooney. 5th September 1916.

London Gazette 9th August 1917.

War Office, 9th August, 1917. REGULAR FORCES.

Royal West Kent Regiment. -  Temporary 2nd Lieutenant T. Rooney to be acting Captain  while commanding a Company. 22 June 1917.

London Gazette 25th August 1917.

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to confer the Military Cross on the under mentioned Officers and Warrant Officers in recognition of their gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field :

Temporary 2nd Lieutenant Thomas Rooney, Royal West Kent Regiment.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He commanded his company with great skill and coolness, and it was due to him that the objective was gained and consolidated with very few casualties. His work has at all times been most ably carried out under very trying circumstances.

London Gazette 26th September 1917.

His Majesty the KING has been pleased to confer the under mentioned rewards for gallantry and distinguished service in the field. The acts of gallantry for which the decorations have been awarded will be announced in the London Gazette as early as practicable:

AWARDED  A BAR TO THE MILITARY CROSS

Temporary 2nd Lieutenant  (A./Capt.) Thomas Rooney, M. C., Royal West Kent Regiment.

London Gazette 1st October 1917.

Royal West Kent Regiment. - The under mentioned to be temporary Lieutenants: Temporary 2nd Lieutenant (acting Captain) T. Rooney. - 24 December 1916.

London Gazette 9th January 1918.

With reference to the awards conferred as announced in the London Gazette, dated 26th September, 1917, the following are the statements of service for which the decorations were conferred:

AWARDED  A BAR TO THE MILITARY CROSS

Temporary 2nd Lieutenant  (A./Capt.) Thomas Rooney, M. C., Royal West Kent Regiment.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his company to the attack under heavy shell fire with great skill, and, although half buried by a shell, he gained his objective. He then entered a village with another officer and forty men under heavy . machine gun and rifle fire, and supervised the mopping up of cellars and dug-outs in full observation of the enemy, who accounted for many of his men. With great skill, however, he organised the defence of the village, and with the few men left under him held on successfully until relieved four days later, setting a magnificent example to his men under intense shell fire and very trying weather conditions.


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