6th Battalion, Royal Berks
1st July 1916

Gallery - C.S.M. Frederick Arthur Sayer, D.C.M. winner on 1st July, 1916

Citation: "For conspicuous bravery throughout an attack. Towards the end of the day an enemy sniper was holding up the advance and C.S.M. Sayer went into the open and managed to kill the sniper, being wounded himself by the sniper as he fired at him."

Sayer was wounded in the left shoulder by a machine gun bullet as he went out armed with a revolver to kill the sniper, who was some 20 yards from the Berkshire's line and had killed or wounded some 30 men and 2 officers. This was the third time Sayer had been wounded - previously at Nouve Chapelle and once by accident during bombing practice. The photo depicts Frederick Sayer and Miss Ada Moore on their wedding day, June 15th, 1917.

Frederick had served for 3 years in the 1st Bn., Royal Berks. and then from 1907 in the 2nd Bn. in India. Having recovered from his 1st July wound he was transferred to the Labour Corps in April, 1918 and survived the war.

N.B. Thanks to "Mac" of the Kitchener Battalions of the Royal Berks. project for the photo and information on this page. Mac is currently researching DCM winners in the regiment and would welcome any information you may have - please email if you can help and your message will be passed on to him.

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