[The Luton News: Thursday, May 29th, 1919]
Yesterday morning, the Officer Commanding at Biscot Camp presented the Distinguished Conduct Medal to Pte M. R. Stott, G/30785, 10th Battalion Royal West Surrey Regiment, whose home is at 85 Ashton Road, Luton.
Pte Stott, who is not yet 20 years of age, won his decoration last autumn in the advance at Kemmel Hill. It was gazetted on December 5th, and the official record states that it was awarded “for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
“While guiding a party up to the front line, he was severely wounded but kept on under heavy shell and rifle fire, accomplishing his mission, and returned to Battalion headquarters. As he was one of the few runners left to know the way, he guided up a second party, and collapsed on his return. He gave a signal example of courage and endurance.”
Pte Stott has now been demobilised, and is with Messrs Read & Horn [hat manufacturers, Market Hill]. He was badly shot through the arm on the occasion mentioned in the Gazette, and when presented with the medal yesterday was congratulated on his luck in coming through such an experience as well as he did.
Montague Ralph Stott was born in Luton on November 17th, 1899, son of Montague and Gertrude Stott. He married Gladys Daniels in 1920 and they had a son, Gordon Montague. Montague died in Devon in 1972.