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Captain (temporary) W.A. Johnston

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Military Cross - Chindits Awards


14th British Infantry


3rd Indian


2nd Battalion The York and Lancaster Regiment

Date of

5 Sep 44

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Temporary Captain William Alfred Johnston

Action for which recommended -

Captain Johnston has commanded a reconnaissance platoon throughout the campaign. His resourcefulness, personal courage and boldness in reconnaissance have led to the success of many actions. His tireless and personal example were a fine inspiration to his platoon., who, under his leadership, consistently carried out their reconnaissance work in an admirable manner, in spite of sickness and fatigue.

AT BONCHAUNG on 15 April 1944, Captain Johnston surprised the enemy, who were reforming after an attack on the Column bivouac, and immediately attacked, himself killing two Japanese at close quarters.

Near NAGUSHARAWNG on 11 July 1944, Captain Johnston was ordered to reconnoitre the track HKAWN - NAGUSHARAWNG with a view to discovering the Japanese positions. On three occasions the enemy was encountered in fox-hole positions and successfully evicted though opportunities of manoeuvring off the track was strictly limited. On each occasion Captain Johnston personally engaged the enemy and continued his advance up the narrow track fully knowing it would be covered by enemy fire; his determination and complete disregard for his personal safety in carrying out his orders were deserving  of the highest praise.

On this, and on other occasions,  the energetic manner in which Captain Johnston tackled the difficulties of climate, country and Japanese interference with his reconnaissance, has been a splendid contribution to the success of operations.

Captain Johnston has previously performed good work whilst on patrol in the Chin Hills in1943.Captain Johnston has previously performed good work whilst on patrol in the Chin Hills in1943.

Recommended By

(Signed) P.H. Graves-Morris Lt-Col.
Officer Commanding 2nd Bn The York & Lancaster Regiment

(Signed) T.Brodie

Honour or Reward

Military Cross

Signed By

W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd Special Force

G. Giffard, General
C-in-C 11 Army Group

(London Gazette 26.04.45)