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Company Sargeant Major W. Cargill MM

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Distinguished Conduct Medal - Chindits Awards


14 Inf


3 Ind


2nd Bn. The Black Watch (R.H.R.)

Date of

22 Aug 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

CSM William Cargill

Action for which recommended -

This Warrant Officer has been Coln Sjt Major throughout the period of training and operations in BURMA.

During the action NORTH of NATHKOKYIN on 8 May 1944, CSM Cargill displayed outstanding qualities of courage and resourcefulness in assisting to direct the immediate defence of the Command Post. As casualties occurred, he attended to them under frequently heavy fire in addition to his other duties.

Finally with complete disregard for his personal safety and by coolness in the handling of his weapons he was largely responsible for beating off the first enemy counter-attack.

Eventually, after the engagement lasting some 5 hours had been broken off, CSM Cargill was a member of a party of approx 90 men including eleven casualties which was faced with an exceptionally arduous march through mountainous country. Throughout the 24-hour march, with complete indifference to personal fatigue, he maintained a very high standard of discipline amongst exhausted troops, largely as a result of which the party rejoined safely the main force as a formed body with no stragglers, and every man with his arms, ammunition and equipment as he left the battle-field.

Throughout operations this warrant officer has shown the highest possible sense of duty, and his courage, determination and cheerfulness have been an inspiration to all.

CSM Cargill has previously served with distinction, first as Corporal and then as a Sjt in CRETE, SYRIA and TOBRUK.

(Signed) G.G.Green Lieut-Colonel
Cmdg. 2nd Bn. The Black Watch (R.H.R.)

Recommended By

Lt-Colonel G.G.Green

Honour or Reward

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Signed By

Major General W.D.A. Lentaigne
Comd. Special Force

General G. Giffard
Commander-in-Chief 11 Army Group

(London Gazette 26.04.45)