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Private D. Brown M.M.

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Military Medal - Chindits Awards


111 Indian Infantry Brigade


3 Indian


2nd Bn The King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)

Date of

12th May 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Pte Daniel BROWN

Action for which recommended -

On 26th March 1944 Pte Brown was one of a patrol of 41 Column Recce Pl, sent out to locate a Japanese force known to be approaching the airstrip at Broadway. At 0530 hrs on the 27th March the patrol found the enemy in harbour. The patrol entered the enemy harbour, shot it up, and dispersed. Pte Brown hid in some tall grass observing the enemy. When he eventually tried to withdraw, he was attacked by three Japs, who shot him in the hand, bayoneted him twice in the chest and struck him with rifle butts until stopped by a Japanese interpreter. Pte Brown was then questioned and told he would have to lead the Japs to the guns at Broadway. He was tied up and all his clothes except his trousers taken from him. With his arms still bound, he led the Japs to Broadway arriving at about 2300 hrs. Instead of taking them by the covered approach, he took them out into the open on the airstrip, in front of the bunkers, knowing that his action would result in fire being directed against him as well as the enemy. A Bren gun opened fire and wounded Pte Brown above the left eye at the same time killing the three Japs behind him. He then ran into the middle of the strip and lay down where he was found, the next morning by troops from Broadway. He brought much valuable information back with him.

Recommended By

Lt.-Col. A.W. Thompson, MC,
OC, 2nd Bn, K.O.R.R.

Honour or Reward

Military Medal

Signed By

W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd Special Force

W.J.Slim Lieut-Gen
G.O.C-in-Chief, Fourteenth Army

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

(London Gazette 31.08.1944)