Montgomery MC, Captain James


RUR_BadgeThe following is the text from Army Form W.3121 describing the date, place and action for which P/No 176456 W/Lieut (T/Capt) James Montgomery RUR was recommended for an award by the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Ulster Rifles, Lieutenant Colonel I C Harris, in June 1944 and forwarded through the chain of command for approval. Captain Montgomery was awarded the Military Cross (MC) and the award was promulgated in the Supplement to The London Gazette dated 31 August 1944.

Military cross
During an attack by 2 RUR on an enemy position at CAMBES on
9 June 1944, Captain MONTGOMERY was in command of ‘D’ Coy,
having only taken over command on 8 June when his Coy Comd
was killed. On reaching the objective the Coy position was
subjected to very severe mortar and shell fire, and both
Capt MONTGOMERY and his 2nd i/c were wounded. Capt
MONTGOMERY refused to have his wounds attended to until
he saw that his Coy was securely established on its
objective, and he supervised this part of the operation with
the utmost gallantry. The houses which ‘D’ Coy held during the
consolidation of the objective were reduced to a mass of
rubble but nevertheless the position was held, and the
maintenance of the position was of paramount importance
in the ultimate success of the Bn attack.

The effect of Capt Montgomery’s gallant determination in
ensuring that his company’s position was consolidated was a
vital factor in the achievement by the Bn of its objective.