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Title: 16th Irish Division parchment awarded to Lieut. Col. John Davie Scott
Authors: Scott Family
Scott Family, Woodville Estate
Keywords: Woodville Estate Lucan
Bravery Award
Issue Date: 30-Oct- 17
Description: 16th Irish Division parchment awarded to Lieut. Col. John Davie Scott for his bravery on 20 November during the attack on Tunnel Trench during the Battle of Cambrai. The ‘Parchment Certificate’ of 16th (Irish) Division was instituted by Major General Hickie in February 1916. He declared that whenever the name of a man came before him for having performed a heroic deed, he would issue an award printed in Dublin, "so that a heritage worth preserving might be passed onto future generations to the glory of the Irish Brigades in France..." The first award was presented at a parade on 3 March 1916. The certificate (sometimes termed the ‘Hickie Parchment’) was in addition to any other medals awarded. From the autumn of 1916, the award of the Parchment was indicated by a hollow, dark green, felt diamond worn on the right upper sleeve of the uniform tunic. It was known as the ‘Guinchy diamond’.
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