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Lieutenant G.B. Down MC

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Military Cross - Chindits Awards


111 Ind Inf


3rd Indian


2nd Bn The Burma Rifles attached 111 Ind Inf Bde.

Date of Recommendation

4th June 1944

Regtl. No.

ABRO 592

Rank and Name

Lieut Gilbert Brian Down

Action for which recommended -

(1) When his column were crossing the MEZA he led a small party to do a recce of the river. He found Japanese in the area but the leading elements of the Column were already committed to the crossing. He helped to extricate the first platoon himself killing 7 Japanese by rifle fire and grenades. He voluntarily went back four times and led out other elements of the Column.

(2) When his column was on a road block on the PINLEBU-NEPIN road, the Recce Platoon was detailed for close recce duties. The Japanese attacked this position and by his personal initiative and calmness under fire, helped to halt the attack and extricate the platoon.

(3) He has shown considerable initiative and engaged the enemy on every opportunity offered. He has so far accounted for 12 Japanese.

(Signed) J.A.E. MacPherson, Major,
O.C. 2 Burma Rifles detachment. 4th June 1944.

(Signed) J.Masters, Major, A/Comd. 'PROFOUND' 4th June 1944.

Recommended By

Major J.A.E. MacPherson
O.C. Burma Rifles Detachment.

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 26.04.45)