LieutenantTAIT, JAMES EDWARD

Died 11/08/1918

Aged 31

78th Bn.
Canadian Infantry

V C, M C

Son of James Bryden Tait and Mary Johnstone Tait, of Maxwelltown, Scotland; husband of Jessie Spiers Aitken Tait, of 2440, El Camino Real, West Arcadia, California, U.S.A.

Inscription

BEATAE MEMORIAE

Citation

An extract from "The London Gazette", dated 24th Sept., 1918, records the following

"For most conspicuous bravery and initiative in attack. The advance having been checked by intense machine-gun fire, Lt. Tait rallied his company and led it forward with consummate skill and dash under a hail of bullets. A concealed machine gun, however, continued to cause many casualties. Taking a rifle and bayonet, Lt. Tait dashed forward alone and killed the enemy gunner. Inspired by his example his men rushed the position, capturing twelve machine guns and twenty prisoners. His valorous action cleared the way for his battalion to advance. Later, when the enemy counter-attacked our positions under intense artillery bombardment, this gallant officer displayed outstanding courage and leadership, and, though mortally wounded by a shell, continued to aid and direct his men until his death."

Buried at FOUQUESCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY

Location: Somme, France
Number of casualties: 248

Cemetery/memorial reference: Sp. Mem.

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.