13th Battalion, A.I.F.,
6th January, 1917
My Dear Marks,
Please accept my most hearty congratulations on the award of the Military Cross. How very much you deserve it
no one knows better then I do. You should have had it long ago. Many have received it for doing only a small fraction
of what you have done for the good of the Army in general, and the 13th Battalion in particular.
When I took over the command of the Battalion again in August last, I resolved to leave no effort undone to secure
for you the honor which I knew to be so well-merited from the day you landed at Anzac and went up to the defence of Quinn's Post.
That you should now wear the Military Cross and the White Eagle Order of Serbia is at last a fitting reward for the gallantry and skill which have invariably characterised
you all your work in the Thirteenth Batttalion.
May you live long to wear these hard-won honors is the earnest wish of
Yours most sincerely,