Lieutenant Jim Adamson made a bayonet charge against enemy forces protecting the lives of soldiers in his platoon while on tour in Afghanistan. 14 September 2009 By REBECCA RICHARDSON AN Army officer from the Isle of Man is to be awarded the Military Cross for supreme courage and calm leadership in combat. Lt Adamson, 24, then a platoon commander with The Royal Regiment of Scotland and who was once a former Isle of Man army cadet, said of his bravery: 'I was acting on auto-pilot more than anything. The nature of the terrain and conflict there means it is more natural that platoon commanders see action now rather than stand back and command.' The Military Cross is one of the highest awards army personnel can receive for courage under fire, and Lt Adamson was one of just nine soldiers in the British Army to get the award in the latest Operation Honours List announced on Friday. On October 7, 2008, Lt Adamson's platoon came into repeated contact with enemy forces. His platoon continued to advance, but the sections became separated as they secured the compounds taken. 'My sections were static, but too far apart for my liking,' said Lt Adamson. He was with mortar fire controller Corporal Hamilton and an interpreter and they were moving up a shallow stream to link up with one of the sections, when two Taliban fighters emerged five metres in front of them firing a machine gun. Corporal Hamilton wounded one of the enemy and Lt Adamson fatally wounded the other. But as they were re-loading, the wounded Taliban 're-engaged us from very close quarters and I was forced to use my bayonet to kill him, which is a very rare situation for a platoon commander to find himself in', Lt Adamson told the Examiner. The Military Cross citation reads: 'Adamson's leadership throughout the day was exceptional. His actions neutralised an enemy flanking attack that could have resulted in his platoon taking casualties. Adamson's supreme physical courage, combined with the calm leadership he continued to display after such a traumatic and bloody experience was of the very highest order. 'They set the greatest possible example to the company and had an inspirational effect on his men for the final hard remaining weeks of the tour. Adamson's actions on this day are deserving of the highest official recognition.' Earlier this year in recognition of his bravery in Afghanistan he received a Mention in Dispatches (MiD), the oldest form of recognition for gallantry within the UK Armed Forces. Lt Adamson attended Ramsey Grammar School, and was commissioned into the Army as an officer in August 2007. He is currently a Company Second in Command with his battalion, which is based in Canterbury, although he is to be posted to the Falklands Islands for two months this month. He was in the Isle of Man Army Cadet Force between the ages of 13-17 years. His parents Andrew and Trisha still live in the Isle of Man.