Major (tmp. Lieutenant Col.) James Oliver : DSO Citation
October 1942, North Africa
Brig. James Oliver
Major (temporary Lieutenant Colonel) James Alexander Oliver MBE (35608)
The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment).
In the attack on the Miteriya Ridge on the night 23/24 October, 1942, Colonel Oliver's Battalion suffered some 200 casualties, but not withstanding they kept right up to the guns throughout the four-mile advance and captured and held all objectives allotted to them.
Six times the officer specially appointed for navigation was either killed or wounded but Colonel Oliver moved well to the front throughout personally supervising navigation and reorganisation, and maintaining control to a remarkable degree.
There is no question that the success of this Battalion must be attributed primarily to its high state of training and a dogged determination of all ranks to succeed under any conditions, but it is the universal and widely expressed opinion of both officers and men of the Battalion that their greatest inspiration was the complete disregard of personal danger and outstanding example as set to them by their Commanding Officer. This was without doubt beyond all praise.
Brigadier Oliver was awarded a bar to his DSO for his action at the Battle of Corradini - 22/23 January 1943 and subsequently made CBE in March 1945.