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Lieut-Colonel (temp) P.H. Graves-Morris D.S.O.,M.C.

[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]

Distinguished Service Order - Chindits Awards


14 Infantry


3 Indian


Worcestershire Regiment posted to 2nd Bn The York and Lancaster Regiment

Date of

4 Sept 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

T/Lieut-Colonel Philip Herbert GRAVES-MORRIS M.C.

Action for which recommended -

Lieut Col GRAVES-MORRIS commanded the 2nd Bn York and Lancaster Regt throughout operations Mar -Aug 1944. The high standard of steadiness and the excellent morale of his troops were chiefly due to Lt Col GRAVES-MORRIS who had the complete confidence of his men throughout. His personal example in action, his coolness in face of the enemy were an inspiration to his men.

At BONCHAUNG April 11 - 13, his battalion was given the task of demolishing an important railway bridge. Lt Col GRAVES-MORRIS conducted this very difficult operation with the utmost skill with the result that the enemy guarding the bridge was routed and the bridge effectively destroyed.

On 12 July the York and Lancaster Regt were ordered to get as near as possible to PINLON and engage the enemy in that area. Lt Col GRAVES-MORRIS led his columns with the utmost speed into the area in spite of appalling weather conditions and came to grips with the enemy. Due to the skill of his dispositions the enemy were forced to employ a superior number of troops.
On 6 Aug, Lt Col GRAVES-MORRIS was ordered to capture Pt 1497, an important feature held by the enemy and blocking the advance of the Brigade. He again carried out a highly succesful opertion which resulted in the capture of the hill.

Lt Col GRAVES-MORRIS, by his steadiness in action contributed largely to the success of his battalion throughout these operations.

(Signed) T.Brodie, Brig.,
Comd., 14 Infantry Brigade

Recommended By

(Signed) T. Brodie Brig
Comd, 14 Inf Bde

Honour or Reward

Distinguished Service Order

Signed By

W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd Special Force

G. Giffard, General
C-in-C 11 Army Group

(London Gazette 26.04.45)