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Sergeant Kenneth Edwin Crute M.M.

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Military Medal - Chindits Awards


77th Indian Infantry


3rd Indian


1st Bn The Lancashire Fusiliers

Date of

16th July 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Sergeant Kenneth Edwin CRUTE

Action for which recommended -

During operations inside MOGAUNG town on 20th June 44, the stage was reached when it was thought that Japanese resistance was crumbling. Sergeant CRUTE was ordered to take his platoon forward inside the town as far as the NMAYIN CHAUNG, the extreme west limit, to ascertain whether the Japanese were in occupation and if so, where. sergeant CRUTE led his Platoon forward to the CHAUNG without opposition. On his return by a different route he investigated a Japanese position. On close approach it was found to contain twelve Japanese and a MMG. The Japs were sheltering from the rain under groundsheets and were taken completely by surprise. Sergeant CRUTE and his men killed the lot with grenades and were opened up on by another enemy position close by, whilst they were trying to carry off the MMG. Three men were wounded and one killed. Sergeant CRUTE quickly organised his Platoon to deal with this threat, and under their covering fire arranged the safe evacuation of the three wounded and he himself made another attempt to carry off the enemy MMG.

On the same day Sergeant CRUTE and his Platoon took part in further street fighting in MOGAUNG. Sergeant CRUTE was always forward with his forward Sections and displayed the greatest determination, eagerness and skill in killing Japanese.

Dated SHADUZUP 16th July 1944

Recommended By

Lieut Colonel H.N.F. Christie
1st Bn The Lancashire Fusiliers

Brigadier J.M. Calvert DSO
Commander 77 Ind Inf Brigade

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 04.01.1945)