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Lieutenant D.C. Menzies M.C.

[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]

Military Cross - Chindits Awards


77 Ind Inf Bde


4th Corps


The Black Watch attached 13th Bn King's Regiment (Liverpool)

Date of

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Lieutenant Duncan Campbell MENZIES

Action for which recommended -

Operations in Burma, February - May 1943

Lieut. MENZIES was Adjutant of No. 5 Column. At the cutting of the railway at and south of BONCHAUNG on 6th March 1943, he was in charge of the main demolition at BONCHAUNG railway station for the first hour of the work, while his Column Commander was involved in a skirmish elsewhere. Owing to enemy activity, he had had to lead the Column by a difficult route across mountains, a journey accomplished in a very short space of time.

At HINTHA on 28th March 43, he remained for half an hour in an exposed position by himself, keeping the enemy off with grenades and calling back with accurate information about their movements with a fine disregard of danger.

Throughout the campaign he set a high example of efficiency, cheerfulness and devotion to duty. Of great physical powers of endurance his energy never flagged; and at the end of the most trying march he was tireless and possessed of extraordinary reserves of strength. He was easily the most skilful jungle navigator in the Column, which he would lead for hours without relief cutting a track as he went. Utterly fearless in action and an unbending disciplinarian who exacted his own high standards from everybody, he commanded the confidence and affection of every man in the column.

(Since killed in action 04.04.1943)

Recommended By

Major B.E. Fergusson, D.S.O., The Black Watch
Column Commander, 77th Indian Infantry Brigade

Honour or Reward

Military Cross

Signed By

O.C. Wingate Brig.
Comdr. 77th Ind. Inf. Bde.

(London Gazette 16.12.1943)