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Jemadar Riki Ram Ale IOM

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Indian Order of Merit - Chindits Awards


77 Ind Inf


3rd Ind


3rd Bn 6th Gurkha Rifles

Date of

16th July 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Jemadar Riki Ram Ale

Action for which recommended -

Jemedar RIKI RAM ALE has commanded 14 Platoon of 'C' Coy 3/6 GR throughout the battle of MOGAUNG.

On 6th June 44 his Coy under comd of Capt G.W. FAIRFULL-SMITH was ordered to capture the pass north of Pt 610 at UMAN TAUNG. The position was occupied by 30 Japs well dug in, wired, rationed and equipped with LMGs Discharger Cups and Grenades. The nature of the position only allowed an attack on a one Platoon front and this offrs' Platoon was given the assignment of leading the assault.

At dawn he led his Platoon crawling through the jungle to within grenade throwing range of the enemy position. He then ordered all his Brens to spray the jungle above the Japs heads and his men to scream and shout. He then had 50 hand grenades hurled into the position and the Pln, led by this officer, then went in with bayonet and kukri and captured the position in 4 minutes with no casualties to themselves. The enemy fled leaving dead bodies, 3 LMGs, Discharger Cups and quantities of ammunition and rations.

On 9th June 'C' Company were ordered to capture MAHAUNG which was occupied by 30 Japs. Jemedar RIKI RAM ALE employed the same tactics again and again the position was captured with incredible speed and no casualties to his platoon.

On 23rd June 44, Jem RIKI RAM ALE's platoon captured the Rly Bridge at MOGAUNG around which the town's defences were manned. He had been warned by his Company Comd that the bridge might be mined ready for blowing and that he must capture and hold it with the utmost speed. His Company was on the right of the two battalion fronts and he had to move through half light through long thick swampy elephant grass. Almost immediately the Company on his left was involved in a big fight in the RED HOUSE area and it was heavily fired upon at close range from the enemy bunker. He personally led his leading Sections with great dash in successful attacks on each in turn and then followed up with such speed that the enemy had no time to reorganise and the bridge was his and remained his. He pushed this advance with the most commendable dash, well knowing that his left flank was temporarily in the air.

Recommended By

Major J.R. Lumley,
3/6 Gurkha Rifles

Brigadier J.M. Calvert DSO
Commander 77 Bde

Honour or Reward

Indian Order of Merit (2nd Class)

Signed By

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

(London Gazette 26.04.1945)