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Indian Order of Merit - Chindits Awards


77 Ind.Inf.Bde.


4th Corps


3/2nd Gurkha Rifles

Date of

Regtl. No.

I.O. 1132

Rank and Name


Action for which recommended -

At KYAIKTHIN on the night of 2/3 March 1943, the column to which this officer belonged was ambushed. During the resulting confusion he displayed great coolness and courage. After the main body succeeded in breaking off the engagement and extricating itself, this officer continued to occupy the position which he had taken up and to keep the enemy engaged. Although outnumbered he continued to fight and concentrated upon himself the attention of the greater part of the enemy, thus distracting them from pursuing other dispersal groups.

Next day he continued to lead his platoon eastwards in the hope of finding other parties. After a prolonged and unsuccessful search he lead his party safely back to the CHINDWIN carrying several automatic weapons, additional to his own, which he had found abandoned.

Recommended By

Major A.A.J. Burnett 3/2 G.R.
Column Commander,
77 Indian Infantry Brigade Group.

Honour or Reward

Indian Order of Merit (2nd Class)

Signed By

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

(London Gazette 16.12.1943)