Encyclopedia - Mentioned in Despatches
Although not actually a decoration in itself, recognition granted to British and commonwealth soldiers singled out for what amounted to 'a mention' in a Commander-in-Chief's military despatch took the form of a certificate.
In addition, during the First World War an emblem of bronze oak leaves - which signified that the medal recipient had received an 'MiD' - was also worn on the ribbon of the Victory Medal.
Views of MiD's varied; some regarded it as an honour whereas others saw it as nothing more than a failed Military Medal. For all that, MiDs were nevertheless announced in the London Gazette along with other, better recognised decorations (e.g. DSOs, VCs, etc.).
The certificate awarded to a man recognised in despatches noted his service details along with a reference to the specific despatch in which he was named. However no formal register of MiD recipients was maintained, perhaps reflecting the award's lowly status. Unlike other awards recipients of MiDs were not entitled to list any additional initials after their name.
The award was one of two - along with the Victoria Cross - which could be awarded posthumously.
The Parados was the side of a trench farthest from the enemy.
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