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Sergeant W.H. Clift M.M.

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Military Medal - Chindits Awards


77th Indian Infantry Brigade


3 Indian


1 South Staffs Regt.

Date of

31 March 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Sergeant William Henry CLIFT

Action for which recommended -

Throughout the actions on HENU on the 17th March 1944, this NCO showed great gallantry both in holding the positions under heavy fire and also in the attack on HENU HILL in the afternoon.

In the counter attack, he was always at the front throwing grenades and killing several enemy with his sten gun. When his platoon commander was killed, he rallied the platoon and still continued attacking until the position was captured. In this action, he personally attacked an officer killing him and capturing his sword.

On March 23rd, again when the Platoon Commander was seriously wounded in the counter attack, again he assumed command and led his platoon.

In all these actions, this NCOs splendid example was an inspiration to his men.

Recommended By

Major R. Degg
O.C. 1 S.Staffords Regt.

Brig. J.M. Calvert DSO

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 27 July 1944)