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Haviladr Dhurbu Singh Thapa IDSM

[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]

Indian Distinguished Service Medal - Chindits Awards


77 Ind Inf Bde


4th Corps


3/2nd Gurkha Rifles

Date of

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name


Action for which recommended -

Operations in Burma. February - May 1943

On 13th March, 1943, on the IRRAWADDY River, the enemy attacked the column with fire at the moment when the animals were in the process of being moved into a safe hiding place. The machine-guns had been sited the previous evening and were doing good work, but their position was exposed and the crew of one was killed. With complete disregard of danger and under heavy fire, Havildar DHURBU SINGH THAPA, carried the gun to a new site, obtained a fresh crew and rapidly brought it once more into action with good effect. His conduct on this occasion was typical of the initiative and coolness which he invariably displayed when in action. After the Column dispersed, he brought in a party of man with valuable information.

Recommended By

Major J.M.Calvert, D.S.O., R.E.
Column Commander,
77 Indian Infantry Brigade

Honour or Reward

Indian Distinguished Service Medal

Signed By

O.C.Wingate Brig.
Comdr. 77 Ind. Inf. Bde.

H.B.D.Willcox, Lt.Gen.
G.O.C-in-C. C. Command

A.P.Wavell Field-Marshall
Late Commander-in-Chief in India

(London Gazette 19 October 1944)