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Corporal H.W.Smith M.M.

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Military Medal - Chindits Awards


77th Ind Inf


3rd Indian


1st Bn The Lancs Fusiliers attached
1st Bn The King's Regiment

Date of

29th May 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Corporal Harold William SMITH

Action for which recommended -

On 22 May '44, whilst acting in defence of the Stronghold, Cpl. SMITH's section was detailed, as part of a force of 2 sections, led by their platoon Commander, to extricate a 3rd section, which had been overrun.

Cpl SMITH advanced under heavy mortar and LMG fire to his allotted position and give invaluable assistance and covering fire for the withdrawal of the surrounded section.

During the whole engagement this NCO showed coolness and courage that were an example to all his men, and personally accounted for 5 Japanese killed.

(Signed) J.Masters, Major, A/Comd 'Profound', 29th May 1944.

Recommended By

Lt.Col. W.P.Scott DSO MC
Comd. 1st Bn The King's Regiment

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 16 November 1944)