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Corporal Joseph Frederick Evans M.M.

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Military Medal - Chindits Awards


14th Infantry


3rd Indian


1st Bn The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment

Date of

18 August 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Corporal Joseph Frederick EVANS

Action for which recommended -

This NCO commanded a section of the Recce Platoon of 1st Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment (16 Column). He was ordered to hold a position on the wired perimeter of the Japanese on Pt. 2172 near MOGAUNG on the 6th of August to enable a 3" mortar O.P. to operate. Despite heavy fire and grenading by the enemy he got his section into a covering position and so enabled the O.P. to function efficiently.

He later covered the withdrawal of the O.P. despite the fact that he realised his section were being surrounded. He was eventually attacked from three sides and organised his section to deal with this threat whilst he calmly reviewed the situation. He decided that the only successful course open to him was to shoot his way through the enemy ring. He immediately put his decision into effect and disconcerted the enemy. His grim determination and inspiring leadership enabled him to break through without loss to his section and heavy casualties to the enemy.

Cpl. Evan's work throughout the campaign has been extremely good. He has carried out many onerous and difficult tasks far more efficiently than required or expected of a man of his rank.

Recommended By

(signature) Lieut. Col.

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)