June 6, 1916 War Diary entry relates that Sergeant Cunningham was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
53646 Sjt. R. Cunningham. 18th Canadian Infy. Bn:
For consistent gallantry, notably during a heavy bombardment, he carried wounded men from the front line into safety, and also, by daylight and in full view of the enemy carried supplies to an isolated post.
Supplement to the London Gazette
27 July 1916