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Naik Khalbahadur Khattri M.M.


Transcript of Military Medal Citation

Brigade

77th Indian Infantry Brigade

Division

3 Indian

Unit

3/9 Gurkha Rifles

Date of
Recommendation

29 March 1944

Regtl. No.

8564

Rank and Name

Naik Khalbahadur KHATTRI

Action for which recommended :-

At 'BROADWAY' on 29 March 44, 8564 Mk Khalbahadur Khattri was a Section Commander in a fighting patrol of 15 men under his Platoon Commander (Jem. Yembahadur Sahi).

The enemy was contacted in the jungle 100 yds forward of the South perimeter and they put down a heavy barrage of L.M.G. fire and grenade thrown from trees. Nk Khalbahadur Khattri with his section continued to advance covered by the other section but 2 men became casualties. Whilst going forward to retrieve the L.M.G. of one of the wounded men, the Naik was himself hit by a grenade in the leg and shoulders. Ordering his men to stay where they were, he helped to carry back a badly wounded man of his section and then returned to the scene of the action although in great pain because of his wounds. He then rallied his men and continued to advance coming under fire from a sniper in a tree whom Nk. Khalbahadur Khattri shot down with his Tommy Gun. He continued his attempts to advance but was finally ordered back by his Platoon Commander.

He set an example of courage and leadership under very heavy fire, worthy of highest praise.
 

Recommended By

Lt.Col. J.H.N. George
3/9 Gurkha Rifles.

Honour or Reward

M. M.


(London Gazette 27 July 1944)

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