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Jemadar John Hla Shein MC

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Military Cross - Chindits Awards


16 Inf. Bde.


Special Force


2 Bn. Burma Rifles

Date of Recommendation

28 May 44

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Jemadar John Hla Shein

Action for which recommended -

Jemadar John Hla Shein commanded the Karen section of the Reconnaissance Troop of his Column.

During hard fighting near Thetkegyin on 26th and 27th March, the Column was in dire straits for lack of water. Jemadar John Hla Shein carried out a series of daring reconnaissance in jungle swarming with enemy and led the Column to the water which they had lacked for two days. Constantly under fire, his coolness, cheerfulness and courage were an inspiration to all who saw him.

Later, his British Officer being wounded, he took command of the whole troop, including thirty British; and led them for the rest of the campaign. He distinguished himself especially during fierce fighting at Henu Chaung on 18th April 44, when British and Karens alike were inspired afresh by his dauntless display of fearlessness.

(Signed) C.R.Cumberlege Lieut. Col.
Commanding 45th Reconnaissance Regiment, R.A.C. 28 May 1944

(Signed) B.E.Fergusson
Brigadier 1 June 44

Recommended By

Lt-Dol C.R.T. Cumberlege
O.C. 45 Recce (R.A.C.)

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)