The following article is taken from a copy of a World War 1 newspaper cutting, source unknown.

"Second-Lieutenant Norman Feather, West Yorkshire Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Holmes Feather, 11 Brier Street, Ingrow, Keighley, has been awarded the Military Cross. Lieutenant Feather is 28 years of age and was educated at the Keighley Trade and Grammar School. Before enlistment in the Yorkshire Hussars shortly after the outbreak of hostilities, he was chief clerk in the office of Mr. Harry Waddington, the clerk to the Keighley Borough Justices. After several months service at the front he returned home to take up a commission. He has been wounded on three occasions, the last time about a month ago when he was hit in the head and left in No Man's Land. He was reported missing but happily soon after he wrote home to reassure his relatives as to his safety. He is again in the line. Lieutenant Feather's wife and child are residing at Harrogate".

I have been contacted by Chris Baldwin, Normans grandson who describes his grandfather thus:

"Norman, my grandfather, would much rather have been remembered for the sporting medals he won, especially one with Keighley Zingaris Northern Union team with his brother Tom and cousin Joe, than the military one, of which he seemed to think little. That was won at the second battle of Kemmel Hill in 1918. I would not wish to have a misleading impression created of Norman who was much opposed to the folly of wars, the politicians who start them and the generals who indulge in them from a safe distance."

"Norman had a keen interest in all things feather related and used to correspond with a William Feather, publisher of a magazine in the US. He was also an inveterate visitor of graveyards and built up a substantial list of all the names he had seen associated with Feather, as in Holmes Feather and Sutcliffe Feather."

I would like to thank Chris for his support.  He also supplied the transcript of a letter written written by Norman circa 1963, which can be found here .

See the Monumental Inscription for Norman Feather.

 


Military Cross

The following is a history of the Military Cross supplied by web a terrific web site (First World War.com) detailing the history of the first world war.

Military Cross

The British Military Cross was instituted on 28 December 1914 as a means of formally recognising the courage of junior officers during wartime (officially for "gallantry in the field" for Captains and below). In this way the Military Cross complemented the Military Medal which was awarded to servicemen below officer rank. Also available was an additional award of a Bar to the Military Cross to recognise further acts of gallantry. Such silver bars were worn above the ribbon.

Until the institution of the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in June 1918 many officers of comparable rank within the air service were similarly awarded the Military Cross in recognition of their daring aerial exploits.

From 1931 the MC (as it was known) was also awarded to Majors. Although recipients were not initially permitted to list the letters MC after their name this restriction was subsequently withdrawn.

Awards of the MC were announced in the London Gazette along with a citation, other than for those awarded as part of New Year or Birthday honors. Some 37,081 MC's were awarded during the First World War, plus 2,992 first Bars, 176 second Bars and 4 third Bars.