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

Transcript of British Empire Medal Citation


77th Indian Infantry Brigade


4th Corps



Date of

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Sapper (acting 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,
77 Indian Infantry Brigade

Honour or Reward


Signed By

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

(London Gazette 25.01.1944)