Chindit Awards - Military Cross

HomeMilitary AwardsAwardeesMC

Captain (T/Major) W.P. Scott M.C.

[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]

Military Cross - Chindits Awards


77 Ind.Inf.Bde.


4th Corps


13 Bn. The King's Regiment
Column Commander, 77th Indian Infantry Brigade

Date of

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Captain (T/Major) Walter Purcell SCOTT

Action for which recommended -

Operations in Burma, February - May 1943

Major SCOTT commanded No.8 Column throughout operations in BURMA, February-May 1943. On 13th March at KYUNBIN, 24th March at BAW and on 12th April at NISAN Forest Resthouse, he led his column against enemy occupied positions. On all these occasions he displayed conspicuous personal courage and powers of leadership. Regardless of his own safety, he accompanied his leading troops, encouraging and inspiring them by his presence and determination.
On 30th April at the KAUKKWE Chaung, when his command comprised a Dispersal Group of 150 officers and men, his party had just completed the crossing of the stream by raft when it was attacked by an enemy force greatly superior in automatic weapons. Major SCOTT again showed great courage and initiative, rapidly organising his column in such a manner that it was enabled with only slight loss to slip through the enemy encirclement. The great majority was able to return to the British Lines in safety. All through the operations his cheerfulness, vitality and example were an inspiration to all troops, British and Burman and Indian, under his command.

Recommended By

Brigadier O.C.Wingate, D.S.O.
Commander, 77th Indian Infantry Brigade

Honour or Reward

Military Cross

Signed By

O.C. Wingate Brig.
Comdr. 77th Ind. Inf. Bde.

(London Gazette 16.12.1943)