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Sergeant H.R. Cowie MM

[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]

Military Medal - Chindits Awards


16 Infantry


3rd Indian


2 Leicesters

Date of Recommendation

25 Jun 44

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Sgt Herbert Ramsey Cowie

Action for which recommended -

On 23rd March 1944, the Column of which this NCO was a member encountered a strong force of the enemy near the village of AUKTAW in BURMA. During the course of the action part of the Column was held up by a group of enemy strongly entrenched in a prepared position. Serjeant Cowie immediately organised an attack, and himself personally led a bayonet charge by two sections against the position. This charge was exceedingly successful; his men got in with the bayonet, killing several of the enemy; and the remainder left their defences and ran, although they considerably outnumbered Sjt Cowie's men. By the successful handling of his men and by his own gallant conduct, he contributed materially to the clearing of the whole locality, enabling his Column to continue its advance without further interference.

Earlier in the campaign, during an arduous approach march to the River Chindwin across seventy miles of jungle covered and precipitous mountain, Sjt Cowie was prominent in cutting the trail and helping with the animals. He also rendered remarkable service at the crossing of the River.

Throughout the campaign he set an outstanding example to all NCOs and men.

(Signed) H.N.Daniels Lt.Col.
Comd. 2nd Bn. The Leicestershire Regiment

(Signed) B.E.Fergusson Brigadier

Recommended By

Lt-Colonel H.N.Daniels
Commanding 2nd Bn
The Leicestershire Regiment

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 13.9.45)