MAYNE, James Thomas

Rank: 
Sergeant
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
RM18732
Honours & Awards: 
Sergeant James Mayne received a Mention in Despatches in recogntion of gallant and distinguished service in Aden [1].
 
Recommendation
Sergeant  Mayne has been the troop sergeant of the assault engineer troop in 45 Commando, Royal Marines, since March 1967.
During this time Sergeant Mayne has served in Dhala, Habilayn, Little Aden, and the Ma'alla District of Aden. In all these areas, he has planned, built, or supervised the building of camp structures and protected accomodation (for an entire company at Dhala). He has built, or supervised the building of many miles of protective wiring and scores of sandbagged emplacements and sangars.
He has blown blinds and disarmed mines. In one area near Habilayn, he supervised the clearing of 300 blinds in two days. In addition to this he has instructed all reinforcements to the unit in mine precautions.
In short Sergeant Mayne has carried out jobs way beyond the normal call of duty. By his leadership, drive, personality, and sense of humour, he has kept his men at work, meeting difficult deadlines, and always demanding exceptionally high standards from which he has never deviated.
His contribution to the security, defence, efficiency, and comfort of the unit has been second to none [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 44558, page 3863.
[2] National Archives file WO373/138/72.
 

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