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Signalman Henry Edwin Froom BEM

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British Empire Medal - Chindits Awards


77th Ind Inf


3rd Ind


Royal Corps of Signals

Date of Recommendation

18th July 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Signalman Henry Edwin Froom

Action for which recommended -

After the first Glider landings on the night 5/6th March 1944 when the situation at Braodway was obscure and no wireless communications had been established, General WINGATE believed that the W/T Sets carried must have been rendered unserviceable during the Glider landings. He therefore ordered a set and two operators to be flown into BROADWAY by Light Plane. It was believed at this time that the landings had been opposed and that our troops were in contact with enemy.

Volunteers were called for and Sigm FROOM and one other were selected. They were then flown to the Light Plane base at TAMU in a C64. At TAMU it was realised that only one Signaller could accompany the Set in the light aircraft. It was still not known if BROADWAY was held by our troops or if landing by light aircraft was possible. 

Sigm Froom again volunteered to go in with the Set and did so. He was fully aware that our small force might be surrouinded and in great difficulties, also that the Pilot had not previously flown the type of aircraft to be used for this mission. The Pilot of the light aircraft which successfully carried out the mission was awarded the D.F.C. 

Sigm. FROOM's readiness to face all to provide the vital communications to our troops showed courage and determination and disregard of personal danger of the highest order. Sigm FROOM served with the Brigade throughout the entire operations.

Dated Field. 18 July 44

Recommended By

Colonel F.D. Rome
2nd in command 77 Ind Inf Bde

J.M. Calvert Brigadier
Commander 77 Ind Inf Brigade

Honour or Reward

British Empire Medal

Signed By

W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd. 3 Ind.Div.

G. Giffard, General
C-in-C 11 Army Group

(London Gazette 26.4.45)