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Company Sergeant-Major R.S. Blain D.C.M.

Transcript of Distinguished Conduct Medal Citation


77th Indian Infantry Brigade


4th Corps


The Dorsetshire Regiment attd. King's (Liverpool)

Date of

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Company Sergeant-Major
Robert Strachan BLAIN

Action for which recommended :-


This Warrant Officer belonged to the Sabotage Squad of his Column, and took a leading part in the destruction of the railway to Myitkyina. On 6th March, 1943, working with great speed he destroyed a bridge south of Nankan, cutting a box girder with a span of 120 feet, and blowing the abutments of another span. He also cut the railway in many other places, laid a number of booby traps using 3" mortar shells for bursting charge, and then withdrew his men safely to rendezvous some miles distant

On 23rd March 1943 at Pago, he and his party of ten men helped to ambush a Japanese company, inflicting a number of casualties. Later, near Nyaung Bintha on the Sheweli River, his section ambushed an enemy party of twice his strength, destroying about half of them. On all occasions and at all times he upheld the finest traditions of a British Warrant Officer.

Recommended By

Major J.M. Calvert, R.E.
Column Commander
77th (Indian) Infantry Brigade Group

Honour or Reward

D.C.M. (Immediate)

Signed By

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

General Auchinleck
Commander-in-Chief India

(London Gazette 05.08.1943)