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Lieutenant A.B.B. Woodburn M.C.

Transcript of Military Cross Citation


77th Indian Infantry


3rd Indian


The Black Watch posted 1st Bn The Kings Regt.

Date of

29 May 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Lieutenant Alfred Basil Brailsford WOODBURN

Action for which commended :-

From the morning of 22 May until 1200 hrs 24th May this Officer with his platoon were given two positions to hold, a counter attack to accomplish, and were used to cover the withdrawal of other troops through a position they were holding. During these various engagements, the strength of this platoon was cut down by casualties to 1 Officer and 10 men. Throughout this time the courage and leadership shown by this Officer was an example not only to his own platoon but to neighbouring units. Seldom could a higher example have been shown.

Further citation by Lieut-Colonel Heming, Commanding 1st Bn The Cameronians

This officer with only ten men was ordered to counter attack up the side of a steep ridge that had been overrun by the enemy. With great courage he led the men himself and reoccupied the position. On 25th May he was filling a gap on the ridge between two other platoons when the enemy attacked. By his steadfast and personal courage he held his men together on the position until ordered to withdraw.

Recommended By

Comd 1st Bn The Kings Regiment

Honour or Reward

Military Cross

Signed By

Major General W.D.A. Lentaigne
Comd. 3 Ind. Div.

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

(London Gazette 26.04.1945)