On the 20 May 44, after the initial capture of the KYUSANLAI PASS,
Major Vanderspar was ordered to lay an ambush forward of the block
with two platoons, in order to prevent enemy interference whilst the
remainder of the Column was digging in. At approximately 1100 hrs
one Company of Japanese moved up the road, and it was largely due to
Major Vanderspar's coolness and personal example, that the leading
platoons of the enemy were practically annihilated. He held this
position under continuous fire until 1600 hours the same day, and by
doing so allowed the work of consolidation to go on uninterrupted.
On 22 May 44 he commanded the forward block on the PASS, and held
this under extreme difficulties, repelling One Company attack, and
remaining in position until the 25 May when he was relieved.
Throughout the period the enemy maintained active and continuous
His outstanding leadership, and personal example throughout the
complete operation contributed, very largely, to the Brigade holding
the PASS, and thus being in a position to carry out raids in the
MOGAUNG VALLEY and the successful evacuation of the sick from
Throughout the campaign his personal example, high
spirits, and energy, under most trying circumstances, were an
inspiration to all ranks.