[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]
Rank and Name
Action for which recommended -
Operations in Burma, February - May, 1943
This N.C.O. was for a long period Animal Transport Sergeant, in which capacity he raised the standard of mule management to such a degree that all the animals for which he was responsible reached and crossed the IRRAWADDY River, with the exception of a few killed in action. The more credit is due to him in that he had no experience of animals until a short time before the campaign opened, and most of the mules had been out of work until the last moment.
When appointed platoon sergeant of a rifle platoon, he brought the same cheerful enthusiasm to bear as before, showing coolness in action and cheerfulness on the march. During the withdrawal he suffered both from fever and a sprained knee, but uttered no word of complaint and brought his men in successfully.
Major B.E. Fergusson, D.S.O., The Black Watch
77th Indian Infantry Brigadex]
Honour or Reward
Brigadier O.C. Wingate
Comdr. 77th Ind. Inf. Bde.
(London Gazette 27.01.1944)