124543 James Dunbar WHATMAN, MC, 6 Grenadier Guards

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    Personal Number: 124543
    Rank: Captain
    Name: James Dunbar WHATMAN
    Unit: Grenadier Guards

    London Gazette : 2 April 1940
    The undermentioned Cadets, from Sandhurst and 163rd Officer Cadet Training Units, to be 2nd Lts. 23rd Mar. 1940:—
    Gren. G'ds.
    James Dunbar WHATMAN (124543)

    London Gazette : 23 March 1944
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition ot gallant and distinguished services in Italy:—
    The Military Cross.
    Lieutenant (temporary Captain) James Dunbar Whatman (124543), Grenadier Guards (Whitchurch, Berks).
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    Whatman, James Dunbar
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Service No: 124543
    Regiment: 6 Battalion Grenadier Guards
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Italy
    Award: Military Cross
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 23 March 1944
    Date 1944
    Catalogue reference WO 373/5

    201st Guards Brigade, 56th Division, 10 Corps
    124543 War Substantive, Temporary Captain James Dunbar WHATMAN, 6th Battalion GRENADIER GUARDS

    This Officer displayed the finest powers of leadership and command when on 8th November he took upon himself to direct and control two rifle Companies after their respective Company Commanders had been wounded.

    This Officer by exposing himself to continuous enemy fire was able to reach and command these two rifle Companies which had become isolated from the remainder of the Battalion thereby retaining control which would otherwise have been lost.

    This fine example of bravery and leadership allowed the isolated Companies to hold on to their positions throughout the day, thereby retaining the Point 819 feature which was all-important for future operations.

    By his magnificent coolness and complete disregard for his personal safety Captain WHATMAN undoubtedly restored the tactical situation.

    Signed W. KINGSMILL, Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding 6th Battalion GRENADIER GUARDS

    Granted an Immediate M.C.
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    The Bystander 3rd May 1939
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