Gibson-Watt, James David

Date of birth:
September 11th, 1918
Date of death:
February 7th, 2002
Service number:
88185
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

During University James Gibson-Watt joined the Territorial Army.
He served in the Welsh Guards from 1939 to 1946, seeing action in the North African campaign and the Italian campaign.
After the war he became as a civil servant active in national politics, becoming a MP. Later he chaired several agricultural societies.
In 1979 he was created a life peer as Baron Gibson-Watt, of the Wye in the District of Radnor.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
Welsh Guards (Llandrindod Wells, Radnor) (Welsh Guards (Llandrindod Wells, Radnor))
Awarded on:
July 8th, 1943
Action:
Recommendation:
"At HAMMAN LIF on 9th May 1943 No. 4 Company was ordered to exploit the capture of the objective. During the advance to objective Captain GIBSON-WATT was wounded but in spite of this he continued to command his Company and personally led a patrol a considerable distance into the town.
During the move he was continually under accurate Machine Gun fire. His gallantry and leadership throughout the operation was outstanding."
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Captain
Unit:
Welsh Guards (Llandnndod Wells, Radnorshire)
Awarded on:
June 29th, 1944
Military Cross (MC)
Action:
Recommendation:
"10th / 20th February 1944. Mount CEROSOLA. Map Ref 8604, Sheet 160/II SE, 1/25,000.

This Officer is Adjutant in the Battalion. During the whole operation he displayed the greatest coolness and courage and his personal efforts were largely responsible for the way in which the Battalion was able to reach and occupy its position.
During a heavy attack Captain GIBSON WATT personally led a counter-attack which resulted in the destruction or capture of all the enemy who had penetrated the Battalion perimeter.
Throughout the operation this Officer's example was outstanding.

Signed Lieutenant-Colonel Sir W.V. MAKINS, Bart., Commanding 3rd Battalion WELSH GUARDS

[Additional hand-written comment] Very strongly recommended. Further from my own personal knowledge of this Officer's conduct, utter steadiness and judgement I very strongly recommend the award of a Bar to the Military Cross in place of Mention in Despatches."
Details:
Second MC awarded as a bar for on the ribbon of the first MC.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Major
Unit:
Welsh Guards (Llandrindod Wells)
Awarded on:
September 23rd, 1945
Military Cross (MC)
Details:
Third MC awarded as second bar for on the ribbon of the first MC.

Sources

  • - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36083 published on the 6 July 1943
    - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36586 published on the 27 June 1944
    - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37235 published on the 21 August 1945
    - The Telegraph - Obituaries
    - Wikipedia
    - WW2Talk