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Sapper (acting Corporal) R.W. Pike B.E.M.

[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]

British Empire Medal - Chindits Awards


77 Ind Inf Bde


4th Corps


Royal Engineers

Date of

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Corporal Ronald Walter PIKE

Action for which recommended -

Operations in Burma, February - May, 1943

On 6th March 1943, this N.C.O. was instrumental in blowing up two spans of the railway bridge at BONCHAUNG station under the direction of Lieut. Whitehead R.E. This bridge, a vital point on the main MYITKYINA line, was completely destroyed and may prove irreparable in time of war.

On 28th March he was a leading figure in the attempt to force a passage through the village of HINTHA. An experienced and dauntless N.C.O. he inspired his men without intermission throughout the campaign; and during the latter stages cheerfuly undertook the care of his officer, who had been seriously wounded in the head and shoulder, carrying his officer's kit and rations in addition to his own on an arduous march of nearly three hundred miles.

Recommended By

Major B.E. Fergusson, D.S.O., The Black Watch
Column Commander,
77th Indian Infantry Brigade.

Honour or Reward

British Empire Medal

Signed By

Brigadier O.C. Wingate
Comdr. 77 Ind. Inf. Bde.

(London Gazette 27.01.1944)