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Distinguished Service Order awarded to Captain Heerajee Cusetjee, 1918

The Distinguished Service Order (DSO) is a British military decoration, given to recognise meritorious and distinguished service by officers.

Heerajee Jehangir Manockjee Cursetjee (1885-1964) was born in Bombay and studied medicine at Cambridge and the London Hospital. During World War One (1914-1918) he served as a medical officer with the 14th King George's Own Ferozepore Sikhs in Egypt, Gallipoli He was awarded the DSO for tending to wounded soldiers unceasingly for 48 hours during the Battles of Mushaq (26-27 October 1918) and Sharqat (29 October 1918) in Mesopotamia.

For his services he was also awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal 1914-20, Allied Victory Medal, General Service Medal 1918-62, with clasp, 'Iraq', India General Service Medal 1908-35, with clasp, 'Waziristan 1921-24', British War Medal 1939-45, India Service Medal 1939-45, George V Silver Jubilee Medal 1935, King George VI Coronation Medal 1937 and the Serbian Order of the White Eagle, Badge of the 5th Class.

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NAM. 1965-01-22-3


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