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Jemadar Lalbir Gurung IOM

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77th Indian Infantry


3rd Indian


3rd Bn 6th Gurkha Rifles

Date of

30th June 1944

Regtl. No.

21686 IO

Rank and Name

Jemadar Lalbir Gurung

Action for which recommended -

On the night, 8/9th April 1944, this officer was 2nd-in-command of No. 7 Platoon under Lieut DAVIES, which was holding O.P. HILL at the HENU BLOCK. During the night, a strong Japanese attack supported by Mortars and Artillery fire developed on the Platoon's position. At the beginning of the attack Lieut DAVIES was killed and Jemedar LALBIR GURING took over command of the position. He completely disregarded the fact that the Japanese were sweeping the position with small arms and grenade fire, although he had seen his officer killed by them. He continued to move about in the open encouraging each section in turn. Throughout the night he directed the defence with great skill and coolness and the beating off of the attack was largely due to his resourcefulness and efficiency.

For the succeeding seven days he commanded this position and held it in the face of bitter Mortar and Artillery fire and nightly infantry attacks, until his Platoon was relieved in view of the casualties they had received.

His conduct throughout was beyond praise and he inspired his men with determination, coolness and complete disregard for his own safety.

Dated 28th May 44. Field.

Remarks of the Brigade Commander -
It has not been possible to send out this citation before, but it is strongly recommended that it is made an immediate award.
Dated 30th June 1944. Field.

Recommended By

Major R. Lumley
3rd Bn 6th Gurkha Rifles

Brigadier J.M. Calvert DSO
Commander 77 Ind Inf Brigade

Honour or Reward

Indian Order of Merit (Second Class)

Signed By

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

G. Giffard, General
C-in-C 11 Army Group

(London Gazette 04.01.1945)