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Major E.M.D. Vanderspar M.C.

Transcript of Military Cross Citation


14th Infantry


3rd Indian


7th Bn Royal Leicestershire Regiment

Date of

31 August 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

T/Major Edgar Melvill Dane VANDERSPAR M.C.

Action for which commended :-

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 patrolling.

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 INDAWGKI LAKE.

Throughout the campaign his personal example, high spirits, and energy, under most trying circumstances, were an inspiration to all ranks.

Recommended By

Lt. Col. Commanding, 
7th Battalion The Leicestershire Regt.

Honour or Reward

Bar to Military Cross

Signed By

Major General W.D.A. Lentaigne
Comdr. Special Force.

General G. Giffard
Commander-in-Chief 11 Army Group 

(London Gazette 26.04.1945)