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Michael Brough (1897-1973)

Durham Light Infantry - Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal & Bar.

Born in 1897 in Stanley (probably Kip Hill), Michael Brough left school at 14 and worked as a miner before enlisting, aged only 16, in the 13th (Service) Battalion DLI on 5 September 1914.
Whilst serving with ‘A’ Company 13 DLI, he was awarded the Military Medal in August 1916 for his bravery near Munster Alley during the Battle of the Somme; the Bar to his Military Medal in October 1916 during the attack on Le Sars, Battle of the Somme; and the Distinguished Conduct Medal in May 1917 during a German raid on 13 DLI’s trenches at Hill 60, south of the Menin Road, near Ypres, when he gave “invaluable assistance to his platoon officer and throughout set a fine example”.
Sergeant Brough was later wounded and discharged from the Army in February 1919, aged just 23, and returned to work as a miner. During the Second World War, he served as a Special Constable. Michael Brough died in 1973.
In November 1915, Michael Brough had helped Michael Kenny bring in a wounded officer, Lieutenant Philip Brown, from No-Man’s-Land under heavy fire. Michael Kenny was awarded the Victoria Cross – the first awarded to the DLI during the First World War – but Michael Brough received no award for his bravery, although he was recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Where to look for more information about this person:

His medals are in the DLI Collection.

London Gazette, 14 September 1916:
London Gazette, 9 December 1916:
London Gazette, 26 July 1917:

Civil Parish: Stanley

Birth date: 1897

Death date: 1973

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: Stanley.

Employment: Coal miner.

Military service:

Served as 17750 Private & Sergeant 13th (Service) Battalion DLI.

Medal(s): DCM, MM & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Defence Medal, Special Constabulary Long Service & Good Conduct Medal.

Gender: Male

Contributed by Durham County Record Office