D.C.M. London Gazette 26.7.1901.
Private H. Morton, D.C.M., was decorated for his gallantry in a 'blue on blue' incident and Mentioned in Despatches by Lord Kitchener:
'Private H. Morton (promoted Corporal); on June 14, a company of mounted infantry with which he was, being shelled by our own guns at 2000 yards, took cover; Morton stayed in the open trying to signal to the guns, though the shells were all round him.'
The original Recommendation came from Major T. Macan, Officer Commanding 18th Mounted Infantry:
'I have the honour to bring to your notice the conduct of No. 5601 Pte. H. Morton 1st Bn. Seaforth Highlanders now serving with the 18th Mounted Infantry as a signaller. On the 14th June 1901 the company to which this man belongs was working in the Houtbosch Loop when shell fire was opened upon it by one of the guns belonging to a cooperating column, the company having been mistaken for the enemy; the company managed to get under cover but Private Morton remained in the open at very great personal risk endeavouring to signal to the party who were firing on the company. The distance the gun was firing from was only about 2000 yds. and the range had been correctly estimated as the shells were bursting all round the position. I consider the conduct of Pte. Morton well worthy of recognition.'
Colonel G.E. Benson noted on the Recommendation: 'I recommend Pte. Morton's conduct for consideration. I think that it is probable he may have saved the lives of some of his comrades by his action. The column which opened fire was Col. Parkes'.'
Brigadier General Spens added: 'Forwarded and recommended that No. 5601 Pte. H. Morton 1/Seaforth Higlanders be awarded a Distinguished Service [as the DCM was sometimes called] Medal for gallant conduct on the 14th June 1901' (War Office records refer).