88185 James David GIBSON-WATT, MC & bar, 3 Welsh Guards

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    Name Gibson-Watt, James David
    Rank: Captain
    Service No: 88185
    Regiment: 3 Battalion Welsh Guards
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia)
    Award: Military Cross
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 08 July 1943
    Date 1943
    Catalogue reference WO 373/1

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    1st Guards Brigade, 6th Armoured Division, 9 Corps
    88185 Captain James David GIBSON-WATT, 3rd Battalion WELSH GUARDS

    At HAMMAN LIF on 9th May 1943 No. 4 Company was ordered to exploit the capture of the objective. During the advance to objective Captain GIBSON-WATT was wounded but in spite of this he continued to command his Company and personally led a patrol a considerable distance into the town.

    During the move he was continually under accurate Machine Gun fire. His gallantry and leadership throughout the operation was outstanding.
     

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    Name Gibson Watt, James David
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Service No: 88185
    Regiment: 3 Battalion Welsh Guards
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Italy
    Award: Bar to Military Cross
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 29 June 1944
    Date 1944
    Catalogue reference WO 373/6


    1st Guards Brigade, 46th Armoured Division, 10 Corps
    88485 War Substantive Lieutenant, Temporary Captain, 3rd Battalion WELSH GUARDS

    10th / 20th February 1944. Mount CEROSOLA. Map Ref 8604, Sheet 160/II SE, 1/25,000.

    This Officer is Adjutant in the Battalion. During the whole operation he displayed the greatest coolness and courage and his personal efforts were largely responsible for the way in which the Battalion was able to reach and occupy its position.

    During a heavy attack Captain GIBSON WATT personally led a counter-attack which resulted in the destruction or capture of all the enemy who had penetrated the Battalion perimeter.

    Throughout the operation this Officer's example was outstanding.

    Signed Lieutenant-Colonel Sir W.V. MAKINS, Bart., Commanding 3rd Battalion WELSH GUARDS

    [Additional hand-written comment] Very strongly recommended. Further from my own personal knowledge of this Officer's conduct, utter steadiness and judgement I very strongly recommend the award of a Bar to the Military Cross in place of Mention in Despatches.

    Signed J.C. HAYDON, Brigadier, 1st Guards Brigade, 26.2.44

    Upgraded from Mention in Despatches, Awarded Bar to M.C.
     

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