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Lieut-Colonel T. V. Close D.S.O.


Transcript of Distinguished Service Order Citation

Brigade

16th Infantry

Division

3rd Indian

Unit

2nd Battalion The Queen's Royal Regiment

Date of
Recommendation

25th June 1944

Regtl. No.

113586

Rank and Name

Lt-Col (Acting) Terence Vincent CLOSE

Action for which recommended :-

Lt-Col Close commanded first one and later two columns operating behind the enemy lines from February to May 1944, and proved himself the ideal column commander. Possessed of  great imagination and energy, he infected all ranks with his determination, and conducted operations with infinite skill. His column could always be trusted to respond to any call, and its able handling was certain.

On 22nd March 1944, in the neighbourhood of Banmauk, Lt-Col Close laid a skilful  ambush on the main road Banmauk-Indaw, along which reinforcements were expected. On two successive nights displaying a high degree of judgment and patience, he allowed small conveys to use the road; until at midnight on 24/25th March, he sprang the ambush for a convey of lorries transporting enemy troops. Many of the enemy were killed at the first onset, but the survivors continued to attack with great ferocity and determination, until, some hours after dawn, their small remnant withdrew. This highly successful action, fought almost without loss, resulted in the enemy never again attempting to use this exceedingly important road for at least a month; the burnt out lorries were still blocking it five weeks later.

Subsequently Lt-Col Close's troops occupied the enemy airfield at Indaw West. The intelligence collected by his patrols was exceedingly valuable throughout the operations
 

Recommended By

Brigadier B.E. Fergusson DSO
Commanding 16th Infantry Brigade

Honour or Reward

D.S.O.

Signed By

Major General W.D.A. Lentaigne
Comd. 3 Ind. Div.

General G. Giffard
Commander-in-Chief 11 Army Group 

(London Gazette 26.04.45)

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