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Havildar Tirth Bahadur Thapa M.M.

Transcript of Military Medal Citation


111 Ind Inf


3 Ind


3/9 Girkah Rifles

Date of

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Havildar Tirth Bahadur Thapa

Action for which recommended :-

On 18th and 19th July '44 during enemy attacks on point 2171, near WARING, BURMA. Hav TIRTH BAHADUR THAPA was (owing to another NCO being wounded and shortage of mortar personnel) in charge of 2 3" mortars. During the preliminary bombardments & during the attacks he continued to lay both mortars and fire one of them engaging fresh targets on verbal orders from Bn H.Q. with the utmost speed & efficiency to do this necessitated running frequently from one mortar pit to another under a continuous hail of bomb fragments from enemy 81mm mortars & grenade dischargers. An enemy grenade actually burst in the mortar pit leaving him untouched and completely unconcerned. In all the Hav was responsible for firing some 150 3" Mortar bombs accurately on enemy mortars and attacks and must have caused the enemy heavy casualties. He himself was extremely lucky to escape being killed or wounded in the hail of fire to which he exposed himself in carrying out this task. He is recommended for an immediate award of the I.O.M.

Recommended By

A. Harper Lt Col
Comd 93 Coln.

J. Masters Lt Col.
Comd 111 Bde

Honour or Reward

M. M.


W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd. 3 Ind. Div.

(London Gazette 4 January 1945)