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Jemadar Bu Gyan MC

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77th Ind Inf


3rd Ind


2nd Bn The Burma Rifles

Date of Recommendation

19th July 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Jemadar Bu Gyan

Action for which recommended -

On 23rd March 44, Jemadar BU GYAN was a member of a fighting patrol which had, as one of its tasks, to take prisoner the Head Man of PONHON. The patrol left HENU at about 1100 hours moving through MAWLU to SEPEIN, when about 50 yards from SEPEIN the enemy opened up with intense fire inflicting casualties and pinning the Platoon down in open paddy fields. The whole approach was and had to be done across open country as the platoon could not move and could not get covering fire support. This officer then immediately volunteered with a Sergeant to report back for assistance and to give the situation to me. This entailed a movement of about 800 yards in open paddy which at the time was covered by enemy fire. He proceeded to crawl back a distance of about 300 yards, being fired at all the time, until he rounded the railway embankment. On reaching the embankment he met four Japanese crawling up the nullah twenty yards away. He emptied his Sten Gun into them, threw a grenade then made a dash to MAWLU then to HENU. There he met Brigadier CALVERT, DSO, and myself, and gave us the information. It was on this information and the British Sergeant that the plan was made to extricate the Platoon which was pinned down. Had it not been for this gallant officer and his courageous action it would have been very difficult to have made the plan which was later successful in extricating the Platoon.

During the period at the HENU Block again this officer was sent out and he organised small standing patrols in practically all villages in the area of HENU. These patrols were invaluable to the Commander in giving information about enemy movements on Village report.

Throughout the whole campaign this officer has done remarkably well in every task assigned to him both by me and other patrols of the battalion. His advice and knowledge of the enemy have saved us undue danger and extra marching. In all actions this officer has taken an active part and has most definitely accounted for several Japanese. His courage and determination was an inspiration to his section and at times to the Platoon.

Recommended By

Lieut Colonel R. Degg
1st Bn The South Staffordshire Regt

Col F.D. Rome
77 Bde 2nd in command

Honour or Reward

Military Cross

Signed By

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

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

(London Gazette 26.04.45)