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Major (temporary) J.C. Bruce MC

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Military Cross - Chindits Awards

Brigade

14th British Infantry

Division

3rd Indian

Unit

General List attached 2nd Battalion The Burma Rifles posted to One Battalion The York and Lancaster Regiment

Date of Recommendation

5 Sep 44

Regtl. No.

189617

Rank and Name

Temporary Major James Charles Bruce MC

Action for which recommended -

Maj. Bruce became Coln. Comd. of 65 Coln. from the evacuation of Maj. B.B.Downward. He had previously  carried out the duties of Staff Officer in a most enthusiastic and energetic way. His knowledge of Burma and the working of LRPG was a great asset to both Colns.

At BONCHAUNG on 15 April 1944 Maj. Bruce was in command of two platoons and the transport [.... illegible ....] by his careful dispositions, and the manoeuvring of the troops under his command, enemy attacks on the bridge BM 453 and subsequently on the bivouac area, were repulsed and twenty casualties inflicted on the enemy.

Whilst operating under his command the Coln. successfully cleared HKAWAN village and carried out successful operations in clearing the track between HKAWAN and NAGUSHARAWNG 18/19 July 1944, encountering the Japanese six times, killing one officer and four other ranks. Throughout this operation Maj. Bruce's personal leadership and determination to reach NAGUSHARAWNG were a splendid inspiration to his tired troops. He accompanied the leading section forward to discover the next Japanese position and, under fire, directed operations until the enemy were evicted.

During the battle for Point 1457 Maj. Bruce's active control of phases of the battle largely contributed to its success. Besides constantly visiting the forward elements he personally directed the firing of the mortars.

Throughout the campaign his cheerful personality has been fine encouragement during difficult conditions of country and weather, and his outstanding qualities as a leader have been responsible for maintaining a fighting spirit in the coln. under his command right through to the end of the campaign. His tireless enthusiasm for each new venture has been a splendid tonic and inspiration to all and deserving of special mention.

Recommended By

(Signed) P.H. Graves-Morris
Lt-Col. Officer Commanding
2nd Bn The York & Lancaster Regiment

(Signed) T. Brodie
Brig.


Honour or Reward

Bar to Military Cross

Signed By

W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd Special Force

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

(London Gazette 26.4.45)



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