Major MacBeth served with the Special Boat Service and was awarded the Military Cross for his gallant actions during Operation Dodecanese in the Greek Islands. In particular, for during a raiding forces attack upon Simli on 14th July 1944 when he was in command of a force of 40 all ranks with orders to seize and hold Panorimiti where considerable opposition was encountered from a determined enemy in prepared positions, but by skilful siting of light machine guns and snipers in the town, much of the enemy’s fire was neutralised.
James MacBeth died, aged just 43 years old, in the Adelphi Hotel, London, in 1963.
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