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A Good Northamptonshire Regiment D.S.O. group, twice M.I.D. for WW1 and once in 1940, B.E.F. for fighting its way out to Brittany.

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A Great War ‘Western Front’ D.S.O. group of nine awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel R. D. Lake, Northamptonshire Regiment, who was twice Mentioned in Despatches for his services during the Great War, and received a further ‘Mention’ in 1940 with the British Expeditionary Force, fighting his way out through northern France all the way to Brittany

Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel, with integral top riband bar; 1914 Star, with copy clasp, Lieut: R. D. Lake. North’n R.; British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaves, Major R. D. Lake.; 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star, 1 clasp, France and Germany; Africa Star; Italy Star; War Medal 1939-45, with M.I.D. oak leaf.

D.S.O. London Gazette 1 January 1918.

Ronald Duwe Lake was born in Bury St. Edmund’s on 9 May 1891 and was educated at Uppingham School and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.

He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Northamptonshire Regiment on 4 March 1911, and was promoted Lieutenant on 27 May 1912.
He served with the 2nd Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front as a Regimental Staff Officer from 6 November 1914, and was promoted Captain on 28 April 1915.
For the majority of the War he held various Staff posts, including Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General, 9th Army Corps, from 10 February 1917, and was advanced temporary Major on 25 February 1918.
His final Great War appointment was as Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General to the 63rd Royal Naval Division from 4 August 1918, and he held this post during the 63rd Division’s key final battles on the Western Front.
For his services during the Great War he was twice Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazettes 11 December 1917 and 16 March 1919) and was created a companion of the Distinguished Service Order, being presented with his D.S.O. by H.M. the King at Buckingham Palace on 7 June 1919.
Reverting to the Northamptonshire Regiment, he served as Adjutant of the 5th Battalion from March 1920, before retiring with the rank of Major on 11 April 1923, and was posted to the Reserve of Officers.
During the 1930’s he lived with his wife in Leominster, South Shropshire.

Lake was recalled for service during the Second World War, joining ITC Northants Regiment in December 1939, then served as a Staff Captain with the British Expeditionary Force in France from 9 March 1940, serving with Beauman Division from 27th May 1940 to 5th July 1940 in France. Follow this link for details

When the Dunkirk evacuation occurred, he fought his way out of France through Nantes, Brittany, receiving a further Mention in Despatches (London Gazette 21 December 1940).
An account of what was happening in France during the period covered by the M.I.D. can been found on the  BBC “WW2 Peoples  War” via this Link
Returns to the UK landing on the 17th July 1940 having been evacuated through Cherbourg.
Advanced Lieutenant-Colonel and posted to pool of Officers and Ships Staff 21st April 1942 (North West Ports) and spent his time on convoy duties until April 1945. Serving on Convoys G3, F2, and on board ships, P33 and SS Cuba amongst others.
Appointed Commandant of Prisoner of War camp 402 Lopcombe Corner, Wiltshire , which he relinquished on the 20th March 1947.
Tried by Court Martial on the 23rd May 1947 on 2 charges, both of which he was found guilty of and severely reprimanded, and ordered to pay £1 and nine pence
Posted to Regimental depot of the Northamptonshire Regiment
With the recipient’s two Mentioned in Despatches Certificates from the Great War, these both mounted on board, and copied research.

With copied Newspaper article regarding Lake’s Death on the 28th July 1950, which refers to him being one of six brothers of whom four received gallantry medals, all presented by the King on the same day. It also refers to his service in Dunkirk and fighting his way out  through Nantes, Brittany and being Mentioned in Despatches.

Lake was also an English Cricketer in 1922 playing for Northants, appearing in two first class matches.

With copied officer’s service record. covering his commision on the 4th March 1911 to 1st December 1947.

Condition VF, contact marks to BWM. minor green enamel damage to wreath on reverse of DSO,