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Corporal (Acting Sergeant) J. Donald DCM

Transcript of Distinguished Conduct Medal Citation


111 Ind. Inf.


3rd Indian


1st Bn The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment

Date of

19th and 29th May 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

A/Sgt. James DONALD

Action for which recommended :-

On the morning of 19th April 1944 at Pt. SC 235311 whilst the Column was engaged in blocking the road Pinlebu - Pinbon. After the Column had made a most successful ambush on an MT convoy, the enemy attacked the Column and blocked the selected line of withdrawal for the columns. Sgt. Donald's platoon attacked this position and by his example and complete disregard for his personal danger, enabled the column to make an entirely successful withdrawal, suffering no casualties.

Apart from this incident, Sgt. Donald has time without number been an inspiration to all the column by his steadiness and cheerfulness under fire. He has commanded a rifle platoon since the commencement of operations and set a standard of military efficiency and leadership equalled only by few officers.

Recommended for D.C.M. for conspicuous gallantry and outstanding leadership in the field.

Recommended By

Lt. Col. W.M. Henning,
Comd. 1st Bn The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles
19th May 1944

This N.C.O. was in command of No. 7 Platoon 26 Column.

He was ordered to counter attack a position in 'Clydeside' on the evening of 24 May against a position strongly held by the enemy. He led the attack with dash and determination, and although wounded early in the engagement in the back and the arm, continued to rally his men. By his display of personal courage, the attack succeeded in destroying one heavy machine gun, one LMG and 20-30 Japanese.

Recommended By

Lt. Col. W.M. Henning,
Comd. 1st Bn The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
29th May 1944

Honour or Reward

Immediate DCM

(London Gazette 31 August 1944)