Dis­tin­guished Con­duct Medal for for­mer miner

Stirling Observer - - FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY -

De­tails were given of the bat­tle hon­our won by a for­mer miner from Stir­ling.

Cor­po­ral (act­ing sergeant) James Brodie, Royal High­landers , was awarded the Dis­tin­guished Con­duct Medal.

Ac­cord­ing to the ci­ta­tion, he led his pla­toon ‘splen­didly’ in an oper­a­tion against the Ger­mans.

When the pla­toon reached their ob­jec­tive they had dif­fi­culty con­sol­i­dat­ing the po­si­tion be­cause of snipers op­er­at­ing from a nearby ridge.

‘He at once or­gan­ised a party and at­tacked this high ground from which he drove the enemy,’the ci­ta­tion con­tin­ued.

‘By his de­ter­mined gal­lantry and ini­tia­tive he saved many ca­su­al­ties and greatly fa­cil­i­tated con­sol­i­da­tion.’

Cpl Brodie was 27 and his wife lived at 33 King Street, Stir­ling. His fa­ther, James, 64 Up­per Craigs, Stir­ling, was a ware­house­man and also bea­dle of Al­lan Park Church.

The cor­po­ral was a miner when he en­listed shortly af­ter the out­break of war and had seen much ser­vice in the East and in France.

He had been wounded three times and had more than once been rec­om­mended for the DCM.

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