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Captain (The Reverend) T. Hawthorn M.C.

Transcript of Military Cross Citation


111 Ind. Inf.


3 Indian


Royal Army Chaplains' Department
att. 1st Bn The Cameronians

Date of

19th April 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Captain (The Reverend) Thomas HAWTHORN

Action for which recommended :-

On the 17th April 1944 South of THINGANDA No. 13 Platoon was accompanied by the Column Chaplain, Capt. The Reverend T. HAWTHORN, C.F., who has always been insistent in his requests to be allowed to accompany fighting troops into action and render immediate succour to the wounded.

The platoon was attacked by what was clearly seen to be a greatly superior force and for two hours they held their position under heavy fire, only attempting a withdrawal when the enemy was closing in on three sides for the final assault.

Throughout this action the Revd. Hawthorn not only performed his duties with exemplary devotion but he eventually organised and was personally responsible for the successful evacuation of the wounded under heavy fire. During the greater part of the action he remained in an exposed position, observing the effects of the Platoon's M.M.G. and directing it by wireless.

His coolness in emergency and selfless devotion to duty were of inestimable value and worthy of the highest commendation.

Recommended By

Major W.M. Henning
Off. Comd. 1st Bn The Cameronians

Honour or Reward

M. C.


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

(London Gazette 4 January 1945)