The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Image Details Whatman, James Dunbar Rank: Lieutenant Service No: 124543 Regiment: 6 Battalion Grenadier Guards Theatre of Combat or Operation: Italy Award: Military Cross Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 23 March 1944 Date 1944 Catalogue reference WO 373/5 201st Guards Brigade, 56th Division, 10 Corps 124543 War Substantive, Temporary Captain James Dunbar WHATMAN, 6th Battalion GRENADIER GUARDS This Officer displayed the finest powers of leadership and command when on 8th November he took upon himself to direct and control two rifle Companies after their respective Company Commanders had been wounded. This Officer by exposing himself to continuous enemy fire was able to reach and command these two rifle Companies which had become isolated from the remainder of the Battalion thereby retaining control which would otherwise have been lost. This fine example of bravery and leadership allowed the isolated Companies to hold on to their positions throughout the day, thereby retaining the Point 819 feature which was all-important for future operations. By his magnificent coolness and complete disregard for his personal safety Captain WHATMAN undoubtedly restored the tactical situation. Signed W. KINGSMILL, Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding 6th Battalion GRENADIER GUARDS Granted an Immediate M.C.