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Sergeant R.A. Rothwell B.E.M.

Transcript of British Empire Medal Citation


77th Indian Infantry Brigade


4th Corps


13th Bn The King's Regiment

Date of

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Sapper (acting Corporal) Ronald Walter PIKE

Action for which recommended :-

Operations in Burma, February - May, 1943

This N.C.O. was for a long period Animal Transport Sergeant, in which capacity he raised the standard of mule management to such a degree that all the animals for which he was responsible reached and crossed the IRRAWADDY River, with the exception of a few killed in action. The more credit is due to him in that he had no experience of animals until a short time before the campaign opened, and most of the mules had been out of work until the last moment.

The appointed platoon sergeant of a rifle platoon, he brought the same cheerful enthusiasm to bear as before, showing coolness in action and cheerfulness on the march. During the withdrawal he suffered both from fever and a sprained knee, but uttered no word of complaint and brought his men in successfully. 

Recommended By

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

Honour or Reward


Signed By

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

(London Gazette 25.01.1944)