Princess of Wales's Own
French ID Papers - William Whitesmith Constantine. MC.
One of the three Constantine brothers of Harlsey Hall, East Harlsey,Northallerton who were all Officers in the Battalion.
He was a Battalion Capt at the start of the War and was forwarded for mention in Despatches for action on the 3rd May
1915 at Ypres, where he was among those gassed on the 24th May 1915. He was wounded again, October 1916, and for his
conspicuous gallantry at this time was awarded the Military Cross.
The London Gazette of the 14th Nov 1916:- "Though wounded before the attack commenced, he insisted in leading his
Company to the final objective, where, though wounded again, he continued with the greatest determination to control
his Company. He set a fine example."
He was promoted to Major in January 1917. When he returned to duty is not known, for at some date, presumably after
the 4th Battalion was decimated on the Aisne in May 1918, he was transferred to the 9th Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire
Light Infantry. He was again wounded in Sept 1918 and ended the War as Lieut Colonel.