[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]
Rank and Name
(London Gazette Name -
John Davidson Howie Welsh)
Action for which recommended -
Pte Welsh has been present at every action in which the Bn has taken part during operations in BURMA from 23 Mar to 17Aug 1944. These actions include SINGAN 10 Apr, NATHKOKYIN 8 May, KYSENIEI PASS 28 May to 2 Jun, Pt 1757 (HKAWAN) 15 Jul and LABU 7 Aug 1944. In addition, he went out on numerous patrols.
On each occasion Pte Welsh has displayed outstanding courage and offensive spirit in working his way forward towards enemy positions, and it is known that he personally has been responsible for the deaths of at least 12 Japanese by grenade and Light Automatic Fire. On each occasion when he went into action he invariably carried six grenades and many more Bren magazines than the normal individual, saying 'if I have them I know where they are'.
In the KYSENIEI PASS, three enemy heavy mortar bombs fell in his platoon area causing six casualties and damaging cover which had hastily been erected. Pte Welsh rendered invaluable assistance to NCOs helping them to steady the men, and his calm and courageous demeanour was an inspiration to all ranks.
At LABU, Pte Welsh was indefatigable throughout the hours of daylight in stalking and throwing grenades at enemy strongpoints, and he took a leading part in the bayonet charge which finally drove the enemy from his last position covering the village.
Apart from engagements with the enemy, all through the period of operations Pte Welsh has been an outstanding example of cheerfulness, fortitude and endurance on long marches and under the most trying conditions. Physically a powerful individual Pte Welsh has never hesitated to use his strength to help others, frequently carrying the Bren gun for hours at a stretch and on many occasions carrying other men's packs.
Pte Wels previously did very well as a member of a 14-day fighting patrol to the HAINGDAW-BUTHIDAUNG ROAD in the ARAKAN in June 1943.
(Signed) G.G.Green Lieut-Colonel
Cmdg. 2nd Bn. The Black Watch (R.H.R.)
Lt-Colonel G.G. Green
Honour or Reward
W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd Special Force
G. Giffard, General
C-in-C 11 Army Group
(London Gazette 26.04.45)