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Corporal (Acting Sergeant) Bert Lowton M.M.

[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]

Military Medal - Chindits Awards


77th Indian Infantry


3rd Indian


1st Bn The Lancashire Fusiliers

Date of

14th July 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Corporal (Acting Sergeant) Bert LOWTON

Action for which recommended -

On 11th June 1944, sergeant LOWTON was a Section Commander in one of the Platoons who were attacking the Court House area near MOGAUNG. The country was very thick and the weather very hot and moist. The enemy were difficult to locate and Sergeant LOWTON realising this crawled forward and located an enemy dug in position opposite his Section. He placed his Section in position to cover the enemy post and went to find his Platoon Commander. He discovered that, unknown to the remainder of the Platoon, the Platoon Commander was wounded and unconscious, and the Platoon Sergeant was incapacitated with heat stroke. Sergeant LOWTON then took command of the whole Platoon without further reference and planned a successful attack which he led on to the dug-in position he had located.

Later, he located another post and staged a Platoon attack against that, overcoming that too. Sergeant LOWTON displayed leadership, courage and determination and willingness to accept full responsibility without demur and I recommend he be awarded the Military Medal.

Dated 14th July 44 Field

Recommended By

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

J.M.Calvert Brigadier
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)