GRAHAM, John Malise

Lieutenant Colonel
Middle East Commandos
Royal Scots Greys
Died : 
Friday, October 29, 1965

Lt. Col. John Malise Graham, MC,  is listed as the senior officer on a roll of Officers serving with Middle East Commando (1st S.S. Regiment) 1st July 1942.[1]

Awarded the MC in WW1.
Lt. (A./Capt.) John Malise Graham, 6th Dns. (now G.S.O. III., L. of C. Area). For conspicuous gallantry during active operations. When acting as Brigade Major during the advance on Noyelles and Monceau on 6th November, 1918, he made an excellent reconnaissance in front of the front line troops under very heavy machine-gun fire, and brought back very valuable information, and by this work did much for the success of the operations. [2]

He was awarded the DSO in his capacity as Liaison Officer 5th Indian Divn. in recognition of distinguished services in the Middle East in 1941.[3]

Extract from the DSO citation "He displayed resource and gallantry of a very high order throughout the Battle of Amba Alagi. He was indefatigable in his devotion to duty over a strenuous period of a fortnight; and he was the first to volunteer for any hazardous and important task which might be deemed to fall within his charter." [3]

Post war on the 12th June 1947 Lieutenant-Colonel John Malise Graham, D.S.O., M.C., Chief of the Staff, His Exalted Highness the Nizam's Regular Forces, Hyderabad (Deccan), was appointed Companion of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire (CIE). [4]

There is a plaque in Logie Old Churchyard Stirlingshire which states he was born in Airthrey Stirling on the 29th June 1892 and died in Nairobi Kenya. [5]

[1] ME Cdo War Diary Nominal Roll of Officers on strength
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 36180, page 15336
[3] London Gazettes Supp. 35396, page 7333 / National Archives WO/373/29  
[4] London Gazettes Supp. 37977, page 2577
[5] Scottish War Graves Project.

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