Jemadar KESH BAHHADUR KHATTRI was in command of the leading platoon
in the approach march on point 2171 overlooking TAUNGNI, BURMA on
9th July '44. When his leading section came under fire he rapidly
took charge of the situation and moved his remaining two sections up
the left of the track all the while under the heaviest fire, and
himself in the lead kukhri in hand. He formed his men up and led the
assault up a steep and difficult slope, dashing from side to side
encouraging each man in turn with no regard for his own safety. He
led the charge successfully over and beyond the enemy positions,
until coming under MMG and LMG fire from a covering position further
He was then ordered to consolidate, which he did most skilfully,
walking about from man to man correcting their positions, under
continuous heavy fire from enemy automatic weapons, arranging his
own covering fire and the evacuation of his wounded.
Officer's dash, initiative and personal example of courage &
leadership was an inspiration to all and largely contributed to the
success of his company's attack.
I recommend him for the award of the M.C.
Lt-Col A. Harper,
Comd 93 Column