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James Dodds Carson

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Dodds AWMM
  • Surname
    Carson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 63723 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 July 1912 AWMM New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1941 AWMM 54 Richardson St., Dunedin, S. 2 AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. A.H. Carson, 54 Richardson St., Dunedin, S. 2. (m) AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 63723 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    10 May 1945 AWMM
    'In October 1944 two guns under the command of Sergeant Carson were attached 3 Greek Mountain Brigade in position with the most forward platoon, several hundred yards south of the FIUME RUBICONE, Italy. On the night of 9 October on being warned of the approach of a German patrol he posted his men in prepared infantry positions and then, with complete disregard for his own safety and in spite of intense fire from machine guns, small arms and automatic weapons, controlled and coordinated the fire of his scattered posts established as part of his plan of infantry defence previously arranged with the Greek Platoon Commander. His coolness and sound judgment proved invaluable to his men, who were not trained as infantry but were steadied by his example so that they fought off the threat to their sector of the front. Late the same evening haystacks close to one of the guns were set alight by enemy machine-gun and mortar fire. Again disregarding his personal safety Sergeant Carson assisted in removing endangered ammunition from an area made as light as day by the blazing stacks. The men silhouetted against the light became a definite and tempting target for the enemy who did not fail to intensify his machine-gun and mortar fire. Sergeant Carson at all times proved a fine example to his men and showed himself to be a cool and efficient leader. On this night his coolness and courage were an inspiration to all under his command.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Carson, James Dodds. (Ref. WO 373/11/603). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Clerk AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Staff Sergeant J. D. Carson, MM; born NZ 4 Jul 1912; clerk. (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p.656.)

    'Then, in the evening of the 9th, N Troop was warned that an enemy patrol was approaching. Sergeant Carson had two guns forward and posted his men in prepared positions to defend them. They came under fierce fire, but Carson controlled and co-ordinated their response and they were able to beat off the threat in conjunction with Greek infantry. Later in the night two haystacks close to one of the guns were set on fire, endangering much ammunition. The flames lit up the area and attracted intensified machine-gun and mortar fire; but Carson got his men to remove the ammunition to a place of safety. It was a novel action for the anti-tankers and for his coolness and leadership in it Carson won an MM.' (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p. 656.) AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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Sources

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  • External links
    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.' (London Gazette, 10 May 1945, p.2455.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37072/supplements/2455
      Further Reference
    • 'In October 1944 two guns under the command of Sergeant Carson were attached 3 Greek Mountain Brigade in position with the most forward platoon, several hundred yards south of the FIUME RUBICONE, Italy. On the night of 9 October on being warned of the approach of a German patrol he posted his men in prepared infantry positions and then, with complete disregard for his own safety and in spite of intense fire from machine guns, small arms and automatic weapons, controlled and coordinated the fire of his scattered posts established as part of his plan of infantry defence previously arranged with the Greek Platoon Commander. His coolness and sound judgment proved invaluable to his men, who were not trained as infantry but were steadied by his example so that they fought off the threat to their sector of the front. Late the same evening haystacks close to one of the guns were set alight by enemy machine-gun and mortar fire. Again disregarding his personal safety Sergeant Carson assisted in removing endangered ammunition from an area made as light as day by the blazing stacks. The men silhouetted against the light became a definite and tempting target for the enemy who did not fail to intensify his machine-gun and mortar fire. Sergeant Carson at all times proved a fine example to his men and showed himself to be a cool and efficient leader. On this night his coolness and courage were an inspiration to all under his command.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Carson, James Dodds. (Ref. WO 373/11/603). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7353893
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.656. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.59 AWMM

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