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Sergeant J. Thornborrow M.M.

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Military Medal - Chindits Awards


77th Indian Infantry Brigade


4th Corps


Border Regiment attd. 13 King's Regiment

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Rank and Name


Action for which recommended -

Operations in Burma, February - May, 1943

This N.C.O. set a high example of endurance and courage to his men. On 28th March at HINTHA he continued to lead his platoon in a bayonet charge after his officer was wounded, causing casualties, and himself succeeded in bayoneting the gunner of a light automatic. After his officer had again been wounded, Serjeant Thornborrow succeeded to the command of the platoon, and kept it cheerful and in good spirits and discipline during the weary and arduous march back to India. It was largely due to him that so many men completed the march. He exploited to the full his previous experience of war, in a platoon in which he was the only member to have seen active service.

Recommended By

Major B.E.Fergusson, D.S.O., The Black Watch
Column Commander,
77 Indian Infantry Brigade Group.

Honour or Reward

Military Medal

Signed By

Brigadier O.C. Wingate
Comdr. 77th Ind. Inf. Bde.

(London Gazette 16.12.1943)