Lieutenant Alan Hurst Preston 10/910, Military Cross
On 7 June 1917 Lieutenant Alan Hurst Preston 10/910 (also known as Allan Henry Preston) was killed in action at Messines while trying to secure positions of safety and establish gun positions.
He was awarded a Military Cross in 1916. According to the medal citation published in the London Gazette on 14 November 1916, “He handled his machine-guns under heavy fire with great courage and ability. He set a fine example to his men, and greatly assisted the final success of the operation.” He was also mentioned in despatches in 1915.
The photograph above comes from a series created by the National Museum. The Museum endeavoured to obtain a portrait of each New Zealander who had received a gallantry medal during the First World War. Families sent in photographic portraits which were eventually mounted onto board and exhibited. Photographs of other medal recipients can be found by selecting the ‘records’ tab at this link: www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewEntity.do?code=25044
Lieutenant Preston’s military personnel files have been digitised and can be viewed online:
Archives reference: AALZ 25044 Box 5 / F1875 14
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