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Lieutenant J.H. Virgo MC

[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]

Military Cross - Chindits Awards


16 Inf. Bde.


Special Force


45 Recce (R.A.C.)

Date of

28 May 44

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Lieut. John Harvey VIRGO

Action for which recommended -

At Henu Chaung on 18 April 44 Lieut. Virgo was in command of the Support Troop of his Regiment during the attack on Japanese positions. During this action the fire of the Support Troop was instrumental in breaking up several determined counter attacks by the enemy on the position gained by the Coln. Lieut. Virgo was himself severely wounded in the early stages of the action by a burst of machine gun fire through the shoulder. He refused to leave his troop and continued to direct the fire of his guns. This display of personal courage and leadership was a fine example to all ranks.

This was the second action in three weeks in which the fire of his guns had considerable effect owing to his skilful handling.

(Signed) C.R.Cumberlege Lieut.Col.,
Commanding 45th Reconnaissance Regiment, R.A.C., 28 May 1944

(Signed) B.E. Fergusson

Recommended By

Lt-Colonel C.R. Cumberlege
O.C. 45 Recce (R.A.C.)

Honour or Reward

Military Cross

Signed By

W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd. 3 Ind.Div.

O.W.H. Leese Lt-Gen
C-in-C Allied Land Forces SEA

(London Gazette 13.09.45)