Blois, David Walter

Service number:
129214
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

He later served during the Jewish Revolt in Palestine.

Promotions:
April 13th, 1940: 2nd Lieutenant
? Lieutenant
October 13th, 1948: Captain (from Emergency Commission with seniority, 12th March 1946)
December 15th, 1951: Acting Major
December 2nd, 1952: From active list -> promotion to Honorary Major)

Postwar decorations:
General Service Medal 1918-62, 1 slip-on Clasp: PALESTINE 1945-48
May 19th, 1953: Territorial Decoration

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Major
Unit:
Royal Regiment of Artillery (London, E.II), 2nd Field Regiment (Royal Regiment of Artillery (London, E.II), 2nd Field Regiment)
Awarded on:
May 24th, 1945
Action:
Recommendation:
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations on the Monte Grande feature. On the 12th November 1944 the First Division assumed responsibility for the defence of Monte Grande and the 1st Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry took over the exposed sector of Monte Calderaro to the North, the holding of which was vital to the defence of the Sector as a whole. The enemy adopted a policy of wearing down the defenders by subjecting them to almost continuous mortar or shell fire as a prelude possibly to a direct attack on the feature. The K.S.L.I held the sector from 12th November till 25th November with Major Blois as the Battery Commander in support. Throughout this period he betrayed a cool determination to produce artillery support wherever and whenever it was required. In particular on the 22nd November, indications pointed to a possible enemy assault. Shelling became more persistent and over a period of two hours some 70 shells fell within a radius of 200 yards of the Battalion Headquarters. Though communications were severed, Major Blois was unceasing in his efforts to obtain Artillery support for his hard pressed infantry. Twice he mended telephone lines himself under fire and he personally conducted many observed shoots on enemy movement. He was instrumental throughout using Divisional Artillery to the best advantage on counter mortar bombardments and on areas likely to disrupt the enemy's communications or interfere with his lines of approach or assembly. That the expected attack did not materialise may well be due to the unfailing determination and courage of Major Blois. Throughout this day and during the whole period in which the K.S.L.I held the sector his example and complete disregard for personal safety under most trying conditions were an inspiration to his own regiment and to the battalion in whose support he has been placed."
Details:
He was originally recommended for the award of an Immediate Distinguished Service Order, however the recommendation was subsequently downgraded to the Military Cross
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
With "1st ARMY" clasp.
Africa Star

Sources

  • - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 34832 published on the 16 April 1940
    - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37091 published on the 22 May 1945
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 38520 published on the 25 January 1949
    - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 39490 published on the 11 March 1952
    - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 39766 published on the 30 January 1953
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 39855 published on the 15 May 1953
    - Chelsea Military Antiques