A Great War D.S.O., M.C. group of six awarded to Captain W. C. Hand, Royal Garrison Artillery
Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R.; Military Cross, G.V.R.; 1914-15 Star (Capt., R.G.A.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. (Capt.); Russia, Order of St. Stanislas, neck badge with swords, gilt and enamels, a fine Kerensky period piece, the Eagles uncrowned, the reverse with makers cartouche, nearly extremely fine (6)
D.S.O. London Gazette 1 January, 1918.
M.C. London Gazette 14 January, 1916.
In June 1916, Captain Hand accompanied a large shipment of over 60 tons of 2-inch mortars, Stokes guns and ammunition from Petrograd to the Russian front line, where he met the Armoured Car Squadrons of Commander Locker Lampson. Hand accompanied the cars of Locker Lampson’s squadron, now mounted with mortars, and took part in the bombardment of Brzezany on 28 June, lasting for two days. Full details of these operations are given in The Czar’s British Squadron, a copy of which accompanies the group. It is probable that Captain Hand received the D.S.O. for these operations and, most certainly, the Order of St. Stanislas, Kerensky himself also being present at the operations.