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NX32594 - GEIKIE, Nugent Broun Coulston, Lt.
Nominal Roll details
Military Cross (MC)
"In the fighting at GEMAS on 14/15 January, 1942, Lieut. Geikie
was in command of a Platoon of "B" Company, forward ambush
Company. After a very large number of enemy had been killed by
the ambush troops, enemy troops that had been allowed to pass
returned to the scene of ambush and attacked the Company from
the flank, the battle becoming one of very severe hand to hand
The brunt of this hand to hand fighting fell on Geikie's Platoon
and he personally led several bayonet charges, inflicting severe
casualties on the enemy (all killed) for no serious casualties
in his own platoon. After clearing up the situation on his own
front he observed another Platoon in difficulties and again led
a bayonet charge by which the enemy party was successfully
This example of personal leadership, particularly in the unit's
first encounter with the enemy not only indicates bravery and
courage on the part of Geikie but was also an inspiring example
to the whole of his Company.
courage was later again evident when in the Causeway operations
on 9 February, 1942 he led a
patrol (all armed with automatic weapons) which was to prevent
further enemy landings. This patrol was highly
only by Lieut. Geikie's example and leadership, particularly his
example going in rear of the
enemy using his
`Tommy Gun'. Not only did this ***** all enemy that had landed
but inflicted severe casualties on them while they were still in
boats. I have no doubt that the courage of this officer
materially helped towards the success of his patrol.
I consider that
the personal bravery and courage shown by Lieut. Cooper on these
two occasions fully
decoration of the Military Cross."
(Source: 2/30 Bn.
Archives - originally transcribed from the
Diary of Brigadier D.S. Maxwell by The Army Museum Sydney
Foundation in 1998.)