D.S.M. (GV – P.O H.M.S. Legion), 1914/15 Star (D.S.M. Act. C.P.O. R.N.), B.W M. Victory (C.P.O. R.N.), Navel L.S.G.C. (GV – P.O. H.M.S. Indominitable)
L.G. 30/6/1915 ‘For services in the engagement with four German Torpedo Boat Destroyers on 17th October, 1914.
One of 10 DSM’s for this action. a British squadron of a light cruiser and four Laforey class destroyers (Legion, Lennox, Lance & Loyal) came upon a part German flotilla . All four were sunk but to their great credit not one struck their colours.
During the action fire from Legion, Loyal and the cruiser Undaunted engaged S118 blowing her bridge off. S117 & S119 attempted to attack Undaunted with torpedoes. Finishing off S118, Legion & Loyal came to her aid and engaged the two attackers. Legion attacked S117 which fired her last three torpedoes and continued to engage with gunfire. legion pulverised S117 damaging her steering mechanism before she was sunk at 15.30.
Walter Arthur Millard, b. St. Aubyn, Devon 1876, Boy2Cl. 1895 served until December, 1918