Sergeant James Walton


Unit : 11th Parachute Battalion

Army No. : 2929430

Awards : Bronze Star


During the action at Arnhem Sergeant Walton was in charge of the machine guns on a most important sector of the front. His guns were constantly under heavy shell and machine gun fire, but for five days and nights he kept them in action. Always when the battle was hottest, he was seen to be encouraging his men, bringing them ammunition, or taking over a gun when a man had been hit. On one occasion he led a party of men under heavy machine gun fire to wipe out a nest of snipers. At all times his cheerfulness and courage were unequalled. Throughout the operation Sergeant Walton displayed great personal gallantry and devotion to duty.


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