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Captain (temporary) W.G.O. Butler MC

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Military Cross - Chindits Awards


77th Indian Infantry


3rd Indian


Indian Armoured Corps att 1st Bn The Lancashire Fusiliers

Date of

16th July 1944

Regtl. No.

IA 942

Rank and Name

Tempy Captain Walter George Ormonde BUTLER

Action for which recommended -

Captain BUTLER commanded a Company position which was under constant enemy attack and shelling for thirteen days. On the night 13th April 1944, the enemy made a very determined attack to take the position. A number of posts were knocked out and all contact with control was broken, leaving the position isolated. Captain BUTLER showed complete disregard for his own safety, and moved from position to position on a feature devoid of cover. By his magnificent example he kept his Company in action throughout the night defeating many determined attacks and killing large numbers of the enemy. Captain Butler commanded the position the whole of the thirteen nights, although the position was continually relieved by fresh troops.

On 3rd June Captain BUTLER was ordered to take a detachment from LOHINCHE to occupy TAPAW Ferry. He captured the village. In this engagement Captain BUTLER was shot through the wrist, the only casualty. He refused evacuation and stayed in command of the Detachment dominating the neighbourhood by active patrolling.

Dated SHADUZUP, 16th July 44.

Recommended By

Lieut Colonel H.N.F. Christie
1st Bn The Lancashire Fusiliers

J.M.Calvert, Brigadier
Commander 77 Ind Inf Brigade

Honour or Reward

Military Cross

Signed By

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

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

(London Gazette 26.04.45)