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Lieutenant Frank Henry Luxa MC

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Brigade

14th British Infantry

Division

3rd Indian

Unit

2nd Battlalion The York and Lancaster Regiment

Date of Recommendation

5 Sep 44

Regtl. No.

184613

Rank and Name

Lieutenant Frank Henry Luxa

Action for which recommended -

On 15 April 1944 when the Column bivouac was attacked Lieutenant Luxa personally supervised the removal of the mules and loads to safety although exposed to L.M.G. and rifle fire. His coolness under fire was a fine encouragement to the men assisting him in the work on the completion of which Lieutenant Luxa took his place in the firing line and personally killed two of the enemy. His personal courage and steadiness under fire influenced the conduct of those around him to such a degree that the enemy attack was repulsed.

At KYUSANLAI PASS on 1 June 1944 Lieutenant Luxa was in command of a mule convoy that became ambushed by an enemy L.M.G. Lieutenant Luxa quickly disposed of his force so that further casualties were avoided and although himself wounded, continued to work in the collection of wounded under fire and succeeded in extricating his convoy. But for this officer's quick appreciation and personal action, heavier casualties to men, animals would have occurred.

Near NAGUSHARAWNG on 22 July 1944, when a recce party was ambushed, Lieutenant Luxa personally led forward a section to the scene and whilst himself under fire, directed operations which successfully evicted the enemy from their positions. Throughout operations this officer has shown courage and determination of a very high order. As A.T.O. when personal risk to mule leaders has occurred Lieutenant Luxa has accepted the risk for himself and made frequent journeys to lead each animal over treacherous and hazardous going.

In the KACHIN HILLS, although an accident nearly cost him his life, he continued to lead animals over a precipitous chaung in semi-darkness, until he received a direct order to stop. In whatever capacity he has been employed Lieutenant Luxa has shown exceptional qualities as a leader and his devotion to duty has been outstanding.

Recommended By

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


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 26.4.45)



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