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Major (temporary) J.C.K. Harrington MC

[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]

Military Cross - Chindits Awards

Brigade

77th Indain Infantry

Division

3rd Indian

Unit

1st Bn The Lancashire Fusiliers

Date of Recommendation

14th July 1944

Regtl. No.

63858

Rank and Name

(Temporary) Major John Charles Knowles HARRUNGTON

Action for which recommended -

Major Harrington became the Commander of one of the rifle companies of 1st Bn The Lancashire Fusiliers when both 20 and 50 Columns were formed into one Battalion Column. He held this appointment throughout the period of the advance of 77 Ind Inf Brigade to MOGAUNG until its final capture and lead his Company in separate engagements, all successful, in that period.

On 4th June 1944, Major HARRINGTON's Company was Advanced Guard in the advance to LOHINCHE from WAJIT. In the advance, the route led over 1000 feet jungle covered hills divided by precipitous valleys. It rained periodically throughout the day making the bottoms of the hills deep and muddy and the slopes slippery. The periodic unloading of mules was necessary. All ranks were wearing packs. Under these conditions Major HARRINGTON's Company overcame three separate enemy positions each estimated at one platoon, fixed on the tops of the hills along the track, the only feasible line of advance. All these enemy positions were dug in and the enemy were armed with Mortars and Medium Machine Guns as well as the normal Small Arms. Major HARRINGTON personally directed the forward sections and by his tirelessness, determination and skilful leadership successfully overcame each of the three enemy positions before his Company was relieved and the advance continued.

On 14th June 1944, Major HARRINGTON's Company was given the task of clearing the area round the Court House between PIN MHI and MOGAUNG. About 50 Japanese with a Medium Machine Gun were dug in thick lantana defending three 75 mm guns. The weather was hot, the atmosphere like a turkish bath. Major HARRINGTON, from a position right up with his forward sections directed his platoons in the thick lantana by sound and by personal reconnaissance, finally surrounding the enemy and defeating them. The Company captured the three 75 mm guns, the Heavy Machine Gun and picked up twelve enemy dead at a cost of two killed and five wounded. Eight men of the Company collapsed from heat stroke during the long engagement.

I recommend that Major J.C.K. HARRINGTON be awarded the DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER for his skilful leadership, his personal example and his unfailing determination and courage.

Recommended By

Lieut-Colonel H.N.F. Christie,
1st Bn The Lancashire Fusiliers

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


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)



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