The citation for the award of the Military Medal to Francis Robert Elms reads:
46 Division 1 Corps. June 21st 1917. 1/1st Batt. The Monmouthshire Reg.TF. Sergeant Francis Robert Elms 225777 recommended by C. A. Evill Lt. Col. Comdg 1st BN Monmouthshire reg TF
Action for which commended.
This N.C. O on the night of 19/20th June 1917 was one of a covering party of 1 officer and 15 other ranks, sent out to protect a party of the battalion which was to wire in front of the new advanced position at M 42 B ( sheet 36B) in the neighbourhood of hill 65 SW of Lens.
At 12.15am the enemy opened a most intense fire on our trenches with artillery trench mortars and machine guns and it appeared as though an attack or raid was imminent . The officer in charge of the party was badly wounded and one of the men Sargeant Elms at once took charge of the party. He bound up the wounded officer and man , and they were carried to the rear.
In spite of the fire which was increasing sargeant Elms remained in position, although only most scanty cover was again able encouraging his party by his very gallant manner until ordered to withdraw, which was sometime later. This was effected without further loss mainly owing to the skill and good leadership of this N. C. O.
Sargeant Elms shewed a magnificent example to his men throughout a very trying time, this is not the first time that this N. C. O. Has behaved in a conspicuous and gallant manner, and he has always shown the qualities of a most excellent platoon sargeant.