Company Quatermaster Serjeant 680156 Harry Favell DCM MM


Harry, who was in the 22nd Battalion London Regiment,  died on Monday 2nd September 1918.


His grave is in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. He was awarded both the DCM (Distinguished Conduct Medal) and the MM (Military Medal.


Harry was the brother of Arthur Favell, a Serjeant in the 21st Bn London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles) who died on Thursday 18th May 1916.  See seperate page for details.

Harry's award of the DCM was reported posthumously in the London Gazette of 14th January 1919. The citation reads "On 22nd / 23rd August 1918, south of Albert, when our troops on the flank were compelled to withdraw under heavy pressure, he displayed great gallantry and disregard of danger, rallying the men by his splendid example under heavy artillery and machine gun fire. He was of great assistance to the only Officer left of the company, and it was largely due to his efforts that a defensive flank was formed that successfully held up the enemy". He was killed in action only ten days later.


These two photographs show Harry with his brother Arthur (top photo Harry on the left) and with another Serjeant from the 22nd Regiment (lower photo - Harry on the right).  Photos courtesy of Tracey Bowers