On 26 March 44, Lieutenant SMITH was commanding No. 5 Platoon
astride the road at INWA village, protecting the Column's only
watering pt. His platoon position was strongly attacked at night by
about a platoon of Japanese. The Japanese pressing their attacks in
the most determined manner overran the two right hand sections. He
rallied the remainder of the platoon and with grenades and PIAT,
drove off the enemy inflicting severe casualties on him.
The enemy made three more further attacks that night, in rapid
succession. But each time Lieutenant SMITH and a small party
repelled them. A total of thirty Japanese are known to have been
killed. His coolness and leadership were of an high order and set an
example to his men, then and throughout the remainder of the action.