Son of a last war winner of the D.C.M. W/O Stanley Howe, whose wife and two daughters live at 56 Edna Street, was awarded the D.C.M. for outstanding bravery during the fighting in N.W. Europe. Thomas Howe, of 15 Gibraltar Lane Denton, gained his award in the 1914-18 war.
I'd like to thankThe Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) was (until 1993) an extremely high level award for bravery. It was a second level military decoration awarded to other ranks of the British Army and formerly also to non-commissioned personnel of other Commonwealth countries.The medal was instituted in 1854, during the Crimean War to recognise gallantry within the other ranks, for which it was equivalent of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) awarded for bravery to commissioned officers, but the DCM ranked well below the DCO in precedence.Although considered to be the army's second ranking gallantry award, the DCM was almost always seen as a "near miss for the VC"
article that he lived at number 15 Gibraltar Lane, Haughton Green as a lad. She lived at number 11. From the article you can see that his father won it in WW1. In my mum's book she says how the father, Tommy Howe, worked down the pit with her Dad. Although miners were exempt from call up, Mr Howe senior insisted on enlisting in WW1 and won the DCM for bravery . She goes on to say that her childhood friend Stanley also won it in WW2. He had obviously moved to Hyde by this time. I found this newspaper cutting among her "treasures" when she died in 2008. She had kept it all those years"