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Major (temporary) E.L. Butler MC

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Military Cross - Chindits Awards


77th Indian Infantry


3rd Indian


1st Bn The South Staffordshire Regiment

Date of Recommendation

15th July 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Actg Major Eric Langdon Butler

Action for which recommended -

Previous to the battalion entering BURMA this officer did outstanding work in organisation and administration, as the battalion was late in changing into a totally different organisation and establishment. This entailed tremendous work on this officer, who at the time was Adjutant. It was partly due to his own personal efforts that the battalion was successful in competing with this.

During the period at HENU BLOCK he was Administration Officer which called for great efforts to handle all supplies and store which required distributing. In this he was outstanding. During battles he was continually exposing himself getting ammunition to positions and organising the wounded back.

During the attack on 10th-16th April 44 throughout the day and night he was organising supplies and ammunition to positions which were under heavy fire. These actions called for the greatest of courage and energy. Never did he rest until all was over and all positions amply supplied with food and ammunition.

During the night of the 16th April 44 this officer collected all PIATS, Mines, A/T from the complete Block to meet a threatened tank attack.  During the whole of the night the Block was heavily shelled and mortared, but despite this, he continued to bring and collect all ammunition which was required by forward positions.

During the action he was blown off his feet by shells and bombs several times, but he still continued, until he dropped unconscious reporting to me that he could not see or hear. This officer remained unconscious for three days after this effort.

Dated 24th April WHITE CITY.

Recommended By

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

J.M.Calvert, Brigadier
Commander 77 Ind Inf Brigade

Honour or Reward

Military Cross

Signed By

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

O.W.H. Leese Lt-Gen
C-in-C Allied Land Forces SEA

(London Gazette 13.09.45)