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Second-Lieutenant H.D. James M.C.

[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]

Military Cross - Chindits Awards


77 Ind Inf Bde


4th Corps


3/10th Gurkha Rifles attached 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

Military Cross

Signed By

O.C. Wingate Brig.
Comdr. 77 Ind. Inf. Bde.

General Auchinleck
Commander-in-Chief in India

(London Gazette 05.08.1943)