BLACK, James William

Acting Temporary Troop Sergeant Major
48RM Commando
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
PLY/X 102166
Troop Sergeant Major James Black was awarded the Military Medal for bravery, skill and devotion to duty whilst serving with the Allied Forces during the campaign in the Low Countries, over a period from January to April, 1945 [1][2].
"Throughout the NW European campaign, Troop Sergeant Major Black has behaved outstandingly well. His cheerful and determined manner and his coolness and offensive spirit under fire has, in all circumstances, in major actions, patrols and routine duties, been an example to all ranks.
During raids on Schouwen in Feb. and Mar. '45 TSM Black by his vigorous and efficient handling of his party contributed more than any other factor to the success of the actions.
For example, during a raid near Bruinisse, TSM Black engaged five enemy MG's with two Brens to such effect that he drew all the fire on to himself, thus enabling the rest of the patrol to withdraw unmolested. This is typical of many incidents in the past" [2].

1945 Mentioned in Despatches for good services while operating with the 21st Army Group. [3].

[1] London Gazette 37318, page 5181.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/47/83.
[3] London Gazette 36979, page 1386.

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