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Subadar Kara Nand Surma MC

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Military Cross - Chindits Awards


77th Indian Infantry


3rd Indian


2 Burma Rifles

Date of

19th July 44

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Subedar Kara Nand Surma

Action for which recommended -

On the 17th March 1944, this officer was ordered to take a patrol of ten men from WHITE CITY to investigate a report that an unspecified number of Japanese were in the village of PONHON. On nearing the village,  Subedar KARA NAND SURMA went forward alone and discovered a party of 30 enemy in the village. He shot their sentry and then having brought his patrol forward, engaged this superior force of enemy, inflicting severe casualties on them, including 10 dead. He then withdrew his patrol with great skill and without losing any men to the WHITE CITY.

On 18th June 1944, this officer was detailed to accompany Capt ANDREWS' patrol which went from NATIYGON to make contact with 38th CHINESE Div. After the mission had been successfully completed and the patrol was returning to MOGAUNG, the head of the patrol encountered an enemy patrol of 1 offr and 10 ORs. Subedar KARA NAND SURMA at once charged forward on his own and engaged the enemy with rifle fire. His great determination and dash and his complete disregard for his own safety, were directly responsible for the successful removal of the enemy party and were most inspiring to all ranks.

Throughout the campaign, his conduct under all conditions has been of the very highest quality.

Recommended By

Lieut-Colonel N.F.B.Shaw
3/6 Gurkha Rifles

J.M.Calvert, Brigadier
Commander 77 Ind Inf Brigade

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)