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Captain J.S.I Chesshire M.C.

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Military Cross - Chindits Awards


77th Indian Infantry


3rd Indian


Royal Army Medical Corps

Date of

16th July 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Captain John Stanley I'Anson Chesshire

Action for which recommended -

Captain Chesshire was Medical Officer to 1st Battalion the South Staffordshire Regiment throughout the campaign. Whilst the Senior Medical Officer, Major Houghton, was staying behind with a party of sick at TINGMONYANG, Captain Chesshire acted as Senior Medical Officer to the Brigade during the first two weeks of the Battle of MOGAUNG.

Throughout the campaign Captain Chesshire has displayed the utmost devotion to duty in tending and operating on the wounded under the most difficult conditions of shellfire, mud and weariness. His surgical skill is far beyond that expected for a unit Medical Officer. He has been of enormous advantage to the Brigade and has saved many lives. This accomplishment with his tireless energy and calmness under the worst conditions produced a feeling of confidence throughout the Brigade which had a very important effect on morale, a factor which is of great importance in operations behind enemy lines where man's greatest fear is lack of adequate attention while wounded.

During the first attack at HENU on 17th March 44 the R.A.P. manned by Captain Chesshire and Captain Thorne was overrun by the Japanese. These two officers continued to operate and tend the wounded until a counterattack cleared the enemy. Throughout the days of heavy shelling Captain Chesshire continued to carry out his work regardless of his own safety and although it meant moving about and standing in the open whilst others could take shelter. He carried on with calmness and confidence and still tending all wounded during the six weeks of the battle.

During the MOGAUNG battle which lasted from 30th May to 27th June 44 Captain Chesshire displayed the same selfless devotion to duty and although on at least five occasions enemy shells were landing in the village in which his operating theatre was situated, he was seen to continue with his work seemingly oblivious of the danger he was in.

All wounded of the Brigade requiring surgical attention passed through his hands, and this amounted up to 500 during the Campaign.

Dated 16th July 44 SHADUZUP

Recommended By

Brigadier J.M. Calvert DSO
Commander 77 Ind Inf Bde

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 26.04.1945)