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Lieutenant A.S. Binnie M.C.

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Military Cross - Chindits Awards


23rd Inf


3rd Indian


Kings att. Duke of Wellington's Regiment

Date of

19th May 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Lieutenant Arthur Stewart BINNIE

Action for which recommended -

On the 19th March 1944, a Special Detachment was landed by glider in Central Burma with orders to blow up the railway bridge on the MANDALAY-MYITKINA line south of KAWLIN. The O.C. of the party was injured in a glider crash during the initial landing and was evacuated by air. Lieut. A.S.Binnie then took over command of the patrols and by his initiative and determination he led them to a successful conclusion.

With forty men under his command on 30 March 1944 he not only wrecked the Railway Bridge, his objective, but also blew up the pumping station near the bridge. In order to contact our forces after this action, he led his force through waterless country for three days on very short rations. During this three day trek his force was ambushed by the enemy and Lieut. Binnie successfully extricated his exhausted troops from the trap with only three casualties (wounded). The fact that these were the only casualties sustained throughout the whole patrol which lasted for one month was largely due to Lieut. Binnie's unfailing cheerfulness and example and above all his excellent powers of leadership.

(Signed) RS Blain Major
Comd. Special detachment 'BLADET' 19 May '44

Recommended By

Major R.S.Blain, DCM
Comd. Special Detachment 'BLADET'

Honour or Reward

Military Cross

Signed By

W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd Special Force

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

(London Gazette 26.04.1945)