Chindit Awards - Military Medal

HomeMilitary AwardsAwardeesMM

Gunner William Samuel Sawyer M.M.

[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]

Military Medal - Chindits Awards


16th Infantry


3rd Indian


69 Column, 51/69 Royal Artillery

Date of

16 April 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Gunner William Samuel SAWYER

Action for which recommended -

On 17 March 44, during an attack on LONKIN, three NCOs went forward on a recce party. They ran into machine gun fire, one was killed and one was wounded. The third NCO returned to bring the troop forward. The troop was immediately heavily engaged by a Japanese machine gun and took cover behind a paddy bund and prepared to engage the enemy. The wounded NCO of the recce party was heard to callout about seventy yards in front. Gunner SAWYER immediately, on his own initiative, and despite the heavy fire ran to his assistance and carried the wounded NCO on his shoulder to safety.

(Signed) R.C. Sutcliffe, Lt Col, 16/4/44
(Signed) B.E.Fergusson, Brigadier, 18 Apr 44

Recommended By

Lt. Col. R.C. Sutcliffe
Comdg 69 Coln

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)