[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]
Rank and Name
Action for which recommended -
Amongst the many successful reconnaissance and fighting patrols that Jemedar LA RAW carried out during the campaign from March to July 1944, the following three examples are given to show the high standard of fieldcraft, courage and reliability shown by this G.C.O. on all the operations he commanded.
On 27th March 1944, Jemedar LA RAW was ordered to occupy an O.P. with 3 Burma Rifles on the main track near TONLON to observe enemy movement along it. He occupied an ambush position which in addition gave him observation along a good stretch of road. Shortly after his occupation 15 Japanese marched along the track towards the four Burma Rifles. The Japanese, although they did not know the position occupied by the Burifs were obviously alert and taking normal military precautions. Jemedar LA RAW held his fire until the main body were almost on top of his position. He then opened fire with stens and rifles, his only armament. Two dead Japanese were picked up and the remainder fled into the jungle.
On 17th April 1944, Jemadar LA RAW was loaned to Lieut-Colonel VAUGHAN's West African Regiment. He was detailed to observe and report on enemy movement in TONLON. When he had occupied his O.P. a platoon of Japanese was observed to leave the village, two sections marching north and one section south towards the O.P. Again Jemedar LA RAW controlled his fire with great coolness and opening at very close range he killed seven including the Japanese officer in command.
On 25th April 1944, Jemedar LA RAW had joined Brigade Headquarters at NAHPI. The Brigade Commander, Brigadier J.M.CALVERT, detailed Jemedar LA RAW to discover enemy positions and movement in the vicinity of the road and railway. Jemedar LA RAW set out with six Burma Rifles. The information brought back by the Jemedar was of such value and of such scope that he was personally complimented by the Brigade Commander who said 'it is one of the best reconnaissances that had been made during the Campaign'.
Jemedar LA RAW has shown courage , coolness and devotion to duty throughout the Campaign and his Section has been made all the more efficient by his example.
Dated 15th Jul 44 Field.
Lieut Colonel N.F.H. Christie,
1st Bn The Lancashire Fusiliers
Commander 77 Ind Inf Brigade
Honour or Reward
W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd. 3 Ind.Div.
G. Giffard, General
C-in-C 11 Army Group
(London Gazette 26.04.45)