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Havildar Chakra Bahadur Mall IDSM

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Indian Distinguished Service Medal - Chindits Awards


111 Ind Inf


3rd Indian


4/9 Gurkha Rifles

Date of Recommendation

14th July 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Havildar Chakra Bahadur Mall

Action for which recommended -

For outstanding skill in handling his Command in close battle with the enemy and for personal bravery of the highest order.

On 24 May 1944 he was in Command of a two section (illegible) to watch for and delay any Jap advance on  (illegible) whilst two columns' mules and troops were attempting to cross the (illegible).  A force which subsequently proved to be 300 strong made an unexpected advance against his position. Owing to a sudden spate the river had risen and the major part of the fighting troops were on the far bank unable to get back.

Hav CHAKRA BAHADUR was told that the situation was critical and that he must hold the enemy for as long as possible.  Deciding that attack was the best method of defence he first inflicted casualties on the advancing enemy by ambush and then organised and personally led a counter attack. By this and subsequent excellent and bold handling of the few troops at his disposal he gained two hours' delay and inflicted severe loss on the enemy. Meanwhile, our own troops had been successfully  evacuated and this was entirely due to the success of Hav. CHAKRA BAHADUR's actions.

His complete disregard for personal safety and excellent handling of troops saved his Column severe loss which was instead inflicted on the Japs.

(Signed) J.R.Morris, Brigadier,
Comd. 111 Ind Inf Bde. 11 July 1944.

Recommended By

Major P.G.Cane,
Comd. 94 Coln. 4/9 Gurkha Rifles

Honour or Reward

Indian Distinguished Service Medal

Signed By

W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd 3 Ind.Div.

(London Gazette 04.01.45)