AIRD, William

Rank: 
Private
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
3194769
Honours & Awards: 
Private William Aird was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Burma [1].
 
Recommendation
"At Kangaw Hill 170 (Map ref. 5154? , Myebon sheet 1/25000) on 23 Jan 45 Pte Aird was the bren gunner in a trench which bore the brunt of a fierce Jap night counter attack. 
Early on a grenade landed in the trench inflicting multiple wounds of the back to Pte Aird. He made no mention of his wounds and manned his bren gun awaiting the attack.
His trench was continually assaulted for over two hours and every attack repulsed. In the morning 1 enemy officer and 3 other ranks were found dead 3 ft from Pte Aird's bren gun.
The position was under spasmodic MMG and mortar fire for five hours. 
Pte Aird completely regardless of his own wounds maintained his gun in action with a selfless courage and devotion to duty that inspired the men with him" [2].
 
The death of Pte. William Aird, M.M. (1 Cdo.) of Edinburgh was announced in Commando Association newsletter 45 issued September 1967.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 37040, page 2080.
[2] National Archives file WO373/36/71.
 

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