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.
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
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.