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Lieutenant J.C. Bruce M.C.

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Military Cross - Chindits Awards


77 Ind. Inf. Bde.


4th Corps


2 Burma Rifles

Date of

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Lieutenant James Charles BRUCE

Action for which recommended -

On 28th February 1943, Lieut. BRUCE was sent forward to arrange for the crossing of the IRRAWADDY River by Headquarters No.1 Group, No.1 Column and No.2 Column. He was accompanied by one section of Burma Rifles. Reaching the Steamer Station of TAGAUNG, with his small force he blocked the river preventing the movement of all traffic, and held the area for four days. On the 3rd March he enteree the town accompanied by only four men, disarmed the local Burma Police Force, destroyed 7 rifles and kidnapped a Burman Customs Official who was a Japanese nominee. Owing to his efficient block of the river he was able to collect a large number of river craft and great quantities of food, sufficient to feed the whole force of 1,000 men for several days. Unaware that part of the force had been ambushed with and the plan changed, Lieut. Bruce continued with his inadequate party to hold the area far beyond the period originally ordered. Hearing at last of the fate of the main body, he finally abandoned the position which he had so boldly held and, rejoining his Platoon Commander, took part with him in a remarkable march across the Irrawaddy through the Kachin Hills and eventually back to India. During the whole period his courage, cheerfulness and unfailing sense of humour was a remarkable source of inspiration.

Recommended By

Capt. G.P. Carne,
Burma Rifles

Honour or Reward

Military Cross

Signed By

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

(London Gazette 16.12.1943)