[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]
Date of Recommendation
Rank and Name
Action for which recommended -
Sgt. Waters has consistently shown gallant conduct and leadership of an exceptional standard in 3 separate engagements and throughout a period of 4 days intermittent shelling in 'BLACKPOOL'. His steady conduct and complete disregard for his own personal safety were an example to others. Without his initiative, the complete evacuation of wounded which was attained on each occasion, would not have been possible.
The four incidents quoted above are as follows:-
(1) 21-3-44 at the 19th M.S. on the Road INDAW-BANMAUK. He assisted the Coln M.O. to establish R.A.P. on the West bank of the Meza River under Small Arms fire, ensuring that all casualties were evacuated to the Coln R.V.
(2) 6/7th April 1944 at SG 205183. During an attack on the Coln road block, during the night he showed great coolness and complete disregard for his own safety. In the face of heavy small arms fire, shelling and Mortar and M.G. he went forward to an exposed position and ensured the evacuation of all casualties.
(3)18/4/44 at SG231275. During a 4½ hour engagement he remained behind until the last and finally brought a severely wounded man across a stretch of paddy some 200 yards wide which was under fire from the enemy.
(4) 13-5-44 to 18-5-44 at BLACKPOOL. During the shelling that has taken place in this block, his calm bearing and skill as a nursing orderly encouraged those around him and were a strong factor in maintaining the morale of Coln.
(Signed) J.Masters, Major,
A/Comd. 'PROFOUND' 21-5-44.
Major B.J. Brennan
O.C. No.26 Column,
1st Bn The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
H.B.A.MacFie, Capt RAMC,
M.O. i/c No. 26 Coln.
D.G.C.Whyte, Major RAMC,
Honour or Reward
W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd Special Force
G. Giffard, General
C-in-C 11 Army Group
(London Gazette 26.04.45)