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Captain C.V.E.Gordon M.C.

Transcript of Military Cross Citation


77th Indian Infantry


3rd Indian


89 Fd Coy Royal Engineers attached 3 Bn 6th Gurkha Rifles

Date of

8th April 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Captain (temporary) Cyril Vyvian Eagleson GORDON M.C.

Action for which commended :-

During the night 6/7 April 1944 three platoons of 3/6 Gurkha Rifles were ordered to move by dispersal groups from Thazi woods to the north of the Henu block and to ambush any Japanese withdrawing north from the Henu block. Capt. Gordon was in command of the Commando platoon. During the early hours of the morning 7th April 1944, this Officer’s platoon was attacked by the enemy. Capt. Gordon was wounded early on in the fight, but continued to direct his platoon, encouraging them by his cool presence and complete disregard for his own safety.

As a direct result of his actions, the platoon beat off the enemy who withdrew in confusion.

During the withdrawal to the Henu block, Capt. Gordon although deprived of the use of his right arm was right up at the head of his platoon, encouraging and cheering his men.

Throughout the campaign this Officer’s conduct has been of the highest quality.

Previous Awards

M.C. 16.12.1943 Burma

Recommended By

Major N.F.B. Shaw
Comd. 63 Coln. 3 Bn 6th Gurkha Rifles

Honour or Reward

Bar to Military Cross

Signed By

Major General W.D.A. Lentaigne
Comd. 3 Ind. Div.

General G. Giffard
Commander-in-Chief 11 Army Group 

(London Gazette 26.04.1945)