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NX12530 - COOPER, James Herbert, Lt.
Nominal Roll details
Military Cross (MC)
"On 25 January, 1942, Lieut. Cooper's Platoon was with "A"
Company North of AYER HITAM cross roads. His Platoon occupied
the right flank position which subsequently became the main
enemy objective. This platoon was attacked by two small enemy
parties which were subsequently all killed and later a force
estimated at not less than one Company attacked Cooper's
By his skilful handling of the situation and the use of Sections
to prevent being outflanked, the enemy were prevented from
getting any closer than 120 yds from our position. I consider
Cooper's courageous leadership caused the enemy to pause in his
attack, and subsequently a force of one Battalion used was
unable to dislodge the forward force of the Unit.
Later at SIMPANG RENGAM on 30 January, 1942 a superior force
attacked my right rear Company and Lieut. Cooper, from another
Company, was ordered to attack and hold off the enemy's fire
till I could dispatch the further two platoons of his Company.
He attacked the enemy from a flank, leading his Platoon with
courageous dash and vigour, causing them to retire at least 150
yds, which gave time for our position to be reorganised to
withstand the subsequent attack, which was made by a Battalion.
In both these instances Lieut. Cooper showed bravery, courage
and skill well beyond what would be expected of any officer
doing his job and I consider he should be awarded the Military
Cross, which I
(Source: 2/30 Bn.
Archives - originally transcribed from the
Diary of Brigadier D.S. Maxwell by The Army Museum Sydney
Foundation in 1998.)