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Lieutenant (temp. Capt.) W.A Anderson M.C.

[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]

Military Cross - Chindits Awards


14 Infantry


Special Force


2nd Bn The Black Watch (R.H.R.)

Date of

12 May 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

T/Captain William Archibald ANDERSON

Action for which recommended -

During the action NORTH of NATHKOKYIN on 8th May 1944, Captain ANDERSON as Commander of a Recce Platoon was present with a small detachment. Towards the end of the battle Captain ANDERSON was sent to co-ordinate the action of two infantry platoons which were attempting an encirclement by the right. This he did with admirable judgement and coolness and complete disregard for his personal safety. As a result of the decisions Captain ANDERSON took as senior officer on the spot in the face of heavy enemy M.G. fire, the forming up of the enemy counter attack was delayed, giving the remainder of the force time to reorganise to meet it. Eventually Captain ANDERSON led a composite party against enemy positions and, although by this time twice wounded, cut his way back to the double column safe harbour.

Signed G.G.Green Lieut.Col.
Comd. 2nd Bn The Black Watch (R.H.R.)
12th May 1944.

Recommended By

Lieut.Col. G.G.Green
Comd. 2nd Bn The Black Watch (R.H.R.)

Honour or Reward

Military Cross

Signed By

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

W.J.Slim Lieut-Gen
G.O.C-in-Chief, Fourteenth Army

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

(London Gazette 5 October 1944)