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Sergeant Harold Bottomley MM

[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]

Military Medal - Chindits Awards


77 Ind Inf


3rd Indian


1st Bn The Lancashire Fusiliers

Date of Recommendation

16th July 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Sergeant Harold Bottomley

Action for which recommended -

Sgt. BOTTOMLEY was Platoon Sergeant of the Commando platoon which held an important position.

The Platoon position was under constant artillery and mortar fire and received mortar attacks for thirteen nights. During this time, Sgt. BOTTOMLEY kept his section in constant supply of ammunition and attended to casualties. This task was made extremely difficult as there was not a vestige of cover on the whole position.

In particular, on the night 13 April when the enemy put in a very strong attack, knocking out 3 L.M.G. bunker positions, Sgt. BOTTOMLEY by his immediate grasp of the situation extricated the weapons and wounded men, re-sited the guns and kept the platoon in action during a very critical time. After this he returned to the damaged bunkers and attended to the wounded men.

(Signed) J.N.H.Christie, Lt.Col.
Comd. 1 Lan Fus.

Recommended By

Major W.P.A. Shuttleworth
Comd. 50 Coln.

Honour or Reward

Military Medal

Signed By

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

G. Giffard, General
C-in-C 11 Army Group

(London Gazette 26.04.45)