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Lieutenant C.K. Rooke M.C.

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Military Cross - Chindits Awards


77th Indian Infantry


3rd Indian


Royal West Kent Regt. attached 3/6 Gurkha Rifles

Date of

15 July 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Lieutenant Christopher Kershaw ROOKE

Action for which recommended -

Lieut. ROOKE, after the previous Brigade Orderly Officer was killed, became Brigade Orderly Officer. At HENU Block on 17 May 44 he was ordered to guide a Platoon to counterattack O.P. HILL where the Japanese had penetrated the wire and established themselves. He actually himself led the counterattack and reached the top first killing at least three Japanese. This counterattack was completely successful and drove the Japanese out of the perimeter.

On the 4th June 44 Brigade Headquarters and the battalion of The Lancashire Fusiliers were marching to concentrate with the remainder of the Brigade for the attack on MOGAUNG. At a village which the Column were skirting the Japanese started attacking the centre of the Column, Lieut. ROOKE with one Gurkha Platoon was ordered to engage the enemy whilst the rest of the Column filed past. He did this very successfully killing twelve of the Japanese who numbered about thirty and put the rest to flight. He himself was wounded in the groin but carried on till success arrived. He later refused to be evacuated by Light Plane and tried to continue to carry on with his duties for some weeks until he was ordered out. Throughout the campaign he was eager to get into action and his cheerful courage, skill and determination to kill Japanese has been a source of great inspiration to the Brigade Defence Platoon which he led into action, and he instilled in them all, offensive spirit, which finally later made them the first troops to enter MOGAUNG.

Dated 15th July 44, SHADUZUP.

Recommended By

Brigadier J.M. Calvert DSO
Commander 77 Indian Infantry 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 26.04.1945)