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Major (temporary) J.M. Ritchie MC

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Military Cross - Chindits Awards

Brigade

77th Indian Infantry

Division

3rd Indian

Unit

3rd Bn ^th Gurkha Rifles

Date of Recommendation

22nd June 1944

Regtl. No.

1250

Rank and Name

Tempy Major James Methven Ritchie

Action for which recommended -

On 11th June1944, Major RITCHIE's Company was ordered to attack the PIN HMI bridge from the west after the Lancashire Fusiliers had been held up there for over twenty-four hours. This officer personally led his Company through very thick jungle and marshy ground under intense Small Arms fire with great determination and skill. During the advance he was wounded in the face by a grenade but continued to lead the advance in person. It is an undoubted fact that his example and great courage was directly responsible for his Company clashing with the enemy and destroying them in fighting.

On 23rd June 44, his Company was on the left of the battalion front in the final attack on NATTIYGON and the railway bridge. He was held up by an enemy strong point in the area of the RED HOUSE. Again he showed great courage and exemplary skill by the manoeuvring of his Platoons into positions which enabled the Flame Throwers to destroy the strong point. Immediately this had been accomplished, he pressed his Company right through to the railway line under intense automatic and grenade fire.

Throughout the Campaign this officer has commanded his Company with very great skill. His courage and coolness under fire and his refusal to leave his Company at any time although wounded set an example of fortitude and determination beyond praise.

Dated 27th June 44. Field.

Recommended By

Lieut Colonel N.F.B. Shaw
3rd Bn 6th Gurka Rifles

Brigadier J.M. calvert, DSO
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



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