7903610 Corporal James Edward BARBOUR, North Irish Horse, Military Medal, MiD

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    Recommendation for Award for Barbour, James Edward Rank: Corporal Service... | The National Archives
    Reference: WO 373/11/93
    Name: Barbour, James Edward
    Rank: Corporal
    Service No: 7903610
    Regiment: North Irish Horse, Royal Armoured Corps
    Theatre of Combat or Operation:
    Award: Military Medal
    Date of announcement in London Gazette: 26 April 1945

    25 Army Tank Brigade, 4 Division, 5 Corps
    7903610 WS/Corporal (A/Serjeant) James Edward BARBOUR, NORTH IRISH HORSE

    On November 10th, 1944, at Map Ref. 429179 one tp of N.I.H. was supporting C and B Companies BLACK WATCH. The enemy, an Assault Battalion of 994 Grenadier Regiment, were holding two rows of fortified houses and the crossroads. On the 9th Nov, after fierce fighting, they were 100 yards short of the crossroads. These crossroads. were strongly held with spandau, Anti-Tank guns and Bazookas.

    In order to clear the row of houses the tanks had to go over the crossroads and down the street at right angles. The road was believed to be mined. The 6 BLACK WATCH could NOT get on unless the tanks did this. Serjeant BARBOUR took his tank round the corner under intense fire. The road was blocked with fallen trees and wire. Serjeant BARBOUR charged the obstacle, disregarding the mines one of which he ran over but it failed to detonate, and blew down the enemy held house at point blank range. Had he stuck or been mined, his chances of escape at such close quarters would have been nil.

    Such was the effect of this lone tank attack that the 6 BLACK WATCH were able to clear the houses of the remaining enemy. It was annihilated in this action; only 6 surrendered, the remaining 35 were killed.

    This N.C.O's skill and daring were an inspiration to all who witnessed the action. His tank was continuously in action for two days.

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    Casualty List, Wounded, 23/07/1944

    Casualty List, Wounded (Remained at Duty), 19/06/1944
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