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Private Robert Boyd MM

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Military Medal - Chindits Awards

Brigade

14th Infantry

Division

3rd Indian

Unit

1st Bn The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment

Date of Recommendation

18 August 1944

Regtl. No.

3656585

Rank and Name

Private Robert BOYD

Action for which recommended -

This Private soldier is the bren gunner in his section. Owning to his cheerfulness, courage and devotion to duty it has frequently been necessary to use him on the more dangerous patrols. He has never failed, by his mere presence, and known reliability, to give the greatest confidence to any patrol of which he was a member.

At ZIGON on 24th May 1944, his section was providing a stop to the northern exit of the village at night. The village was known to contain about thirty Japs, and shortly before dark a sharp engagement had taken place (during which three Japs had been killed) in the area in which his section was forming the block. At about 2300 hours the sentry reported nearing a suspicious noise. The section commander went forward to investigate. A burst of fire from several directions met him. He fell severely wounded in the legs (he later died after evacuation). Pte. Boyd seeing the situation of his Section Commander then performed a very gallant action. Without knowing the exact numbers of the Japs, but obviously knowing there were several of them, he fixed his bayonet and carried out a single handed charge. He cleared the Japs from around his section commander, killing one with his bayonet. He remained in a covering position while other men in his section were carrying back the section commander, and for preventing what might have been an attempted escape by a portion of the Japanese garrison.

Subsequently during the attack on Pt.2171 near MOGAUNG, Pte Boyd displayed the same high qualities. From an exposed position he aimed and delivered accurate bren gun fire on a bunker position at very close range. So accurate was the fire that it materially assisted his platoon in gaining its objective and certainly prevented the enemy from inflicting many casualties on the platoon during its advance across open ground.

Pte. Boyd has displayed outstanding military qualities. He has never allowed considerations of personal danger to affect his actions.

Recommended By

(Signed) Lieut.Col.

(Signed) T.Brodie Brig.


Honour or Reward

Military Medal

Signed By

W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd Special Force

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

(London Gazette 26.04.45)



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