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Lieutant Graham Samuel Pearce MC

[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]

Military Cross - Chindits Awards


14th British Infantry


3rd Indian


Special Force


2nd Battalion The York and Lancaster Regiment

Date of

5 Sep 44

Regtl. No.

220659 (London Gazette 220657)

Rank and Name

Graham Samuel Pearce

Action for which recommended -

At KYUSANLAI PASS on 30 May 1944 Lieutenant Pearce's platoon was holding a forward ambush position as part of a road block.

The enemy avoided the ambush on the road and strongly attacked the platoon position with grenades and small arms fire during the evening 30 May 1944 and morning 31 May 1944. Throughout the action, in spite of grave personal danger, Lieutenant Pearce continued to visit each of his sections and by his own coolness under fire set a fine example to his men.

When a Bren gunner in a forward position was hit Lieutenant Pearce personally went forward and removed his body from the trench.

Although wounded Lieutenant Pearce remained with his platoon  and continued to lead it in exemplary manner until wounded a second time whilst holding a road block near NAGUSHARAWNG on 14 July, which would entailed his evacuation.

Through operations this officer has led his platoon in a steady and a determined manner.

Recommended By

(Signed) P.H. Graves-Morris Lt-Col.
Officer Commanding 2nd Bn The York & Lancaster Regiment

(Signed) T.Brodies

Honour or Reward

Military Cross

Signed By

W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd Special Force

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

(London Gazette 26.04.45)