Regt. No.: 1368
Name: Brazil, Matthew           
Rank: Corporal         
Community: Spaniard's Bay
Occupation: Miner  
Enlisted: 1915
Enlist. Age: 21

Distinguished Conduct Medal
London Gazette, 2nd December, 1919
Newfoundland Gazette 31st December 1919
For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. On 14th October 1918, during the attack from Ledeghem towards the Lys, all this N.C.O's platoon except himself and one man had become casualties and they had attached themselves to the platoon on the left. When the attack was temporarily held up by four field guns firing at very close range this N.C.O. went forward with the platoon which was attempting to outflank the guns. When the platoon could advance no further on account of fire from the guns and machine guns L/Cpl. Brazil and another man voluntarily doubled forward with a Lewis gun by short rushes under intense fire from one gun and four machine guns until they reached a position well on the right flank. On arriving there, while the other man opened fire with his Lewis gun, L/Cpl. Brazil opened fire with his rifle. Under this covering fire the platoon was able to advance and finally captured the four field guns and four machine guns. It was entirely due to L/Cpl. Brazil's dash and bravery that the platoon was able to advance, capture the hostile guns and enable the advance to press forward.