At HENU during the occupation of WHITE CITY BLOCK, this officer
commanded all MMGs. His co-ordination of the guns was a great factor
in the successful defence of the area. During the period 23rd, 24th
and 25th May 1944 when determined efforts were being made to destroy
the INDAW- MOGAUNG railway, this officer, on three successive
nights, attempted to carry out this task. The first and second
attempts failed through weather and terrain difficulties. Each
effort was most determined and entailed swimming the NAMYIN CHANUG
and MANA Canal before the line could be reached. In all these areas
the enemy were in dug-in positions which he had to go through. This
called for the highest courage and guts. On the third night he
carried boats to assist in the final crossing . This was
successfully carried out despite a storm which raged the whole
night, and the deep swamps. The railway was blown in three places
and charges placed at intervals along the line to derail trains
which were known to be running. These efforts called for great
courage, determination and energy of the highest order.
On about the
19th May 44, this officer took his platoon through swamps and the MANYIM CHAUNG by using ropes, in a night attack on BANMAUK where it
was thought enemy guns were hidden which were firing on the
BLACKPOOL BLOCK. This was again a successful action, as then enemy
were dug-in at the village and he immediately attacked them with his
platoon inflicting several casualties on the enemy causing them to
retire. In this action his platoon suffered two killed and
four wounded. As his platoon were leaving, still under a certain
amount of fire he went back and brought out one of his wounded after
searching inside enemy positions for him. This action called for
great skill and determination and courage.
On the 12th June 44, during an attack on the enemy positions just
outside MOGAUNG, his platoon was ordered to attack and hold a
certain position which was known to be held by the enemy. No sooner
had his platoon started to move when the first few men of his
leading section were held and wounded. No one could locate the
actual enemy snipers, neither could they recover the wounded.
Lieut. Wilcox fearlessly exposed himself in the open so as to make
the enemy fire at him, in so doing disclose their exact positions.
This the enemy did. He then personally stalked the two snipers
killing them both and recovering his four wounded men. This called
for daring courage and bravery. This action enabled his platoon to
advance on to his objective. In the final attack on to the enemy
strongpoint his platoon carried out a magnificent attack led
personally by this officer. It was a success but costly to his
platoon. However , his attack led to the Company being able to
attack the main enemy positions. Throughout the day he held his
ground, despite continuous sniping. In this action he was wounded by
a bullet through the neck but would not be relieved or sent back
until his Company had completed his task.
In the final attack on MOGAUNG his platoon was in the centre of
the Brigade attack, where the opposition was strongest. His
objective was the railway. On this bearing was a known strong point.
His platoon reached this point at first light and then started a
house to house engagement in which his platoon killed all the Japs
in this position. Again he was wounded in the head and despite the
fact that he had only ten men left he continued mopping up the
enemy, pushing on to the railway line. He remained on his
objective until the position was stabilised and then had to be
ordered back by his Company Commander. He is still with the
battalion refusing to be evacuated.
This officer has shown a splendid example of courage, bravery,
determination of the highest order and is an inspiration to his men.
Dated MOGAUNG 27th June 1944
REMARKS BY THE BRIGADE COMMANDER
His Battalion Commander, in his citation, has mentioned this
officer's magnificent achievement in getting through to the railway
to blow it up. I had given orders to all battalions that the maximum
effort must be made to achieve this as it was essential that
movement of reinforcements North to MOGAUNG should be stopped. At
least twelve attempts were made to cross the NAMYIN CHANUG but all
except WILCOX's effort failed due to enemy action and extensive
This officer's courage, determination and skill was outstanding
in this venture. He is one of the three remaining Platoon Commanders
in his battalion who have not been killed or wounded and evacuated.
His repeated ac ts of courage and dash in numerous hard attacks have
been brought to my notice again and again throughout the Campaign.
Recommended for an immediate award of the DSO.
Dated 15 July 44 at SHADUZUP.