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Second-Lieutenant  H.D. James M.C.

Transcript of Military Cross Citation


77th Indian Infantry Brigade



3/10th Gurkha Rifles attd. 3/2nd Gurkha Rifles

Date of

Regtl. No.

Rank and Name

Second-Lieutenant Harold Douglas JAMES

Action for which recommended :-


At NANKAN Railway Station on 6th March 1943, he showed coolness and self confidence in his first action when leading his platoon into the attack. On 23rd March 1943, during the crossing of the IRRAWADDY, his platoon was sited in a position to prevent the enemy crossing a creek, when the column was suddenly attacked by the enemy with small arms fire and mortars. He immediately attacked them inflicting heavy casualties and preventing them from crossing, personally walking round his platoon while under fire and placing his men in the best positions.

This officer showed great devotion to duty throughout the campaign and great gallantry on many occasions.

Recommended By

Major J.M.Calvert, R.E.
Column Commander
77th Indian Infantry Brigade Group

Honour or Reward

DCM (Immediate)

Signed By

Brigadier O.C. Wingate
Comdr. 77th Ind. Inf. Bde.

General Auchinleck
Commander-in-Chief India

(London Gazette 05.08.1943)