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Captain (temp. Major) E.F.O. Stuart M.C.

[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]

Military Cross - Chindits Awards


77th Indian Infantry


3rd Indian


1 Punjab Regiment attached 1st Lancs Fusiliers (Brigade Major 77 Ind Inf Brigade)

Date of

31 July 44

Regtl. No.

581 - AI

Rank and Name

T/Major STUART Edward Francis Ochiltree

Action for which recommended -

Major Stuart was Brigade Major of 77 Indian Infantry Bde throughout the operations of 77 Bde in Burma. At MOGAUNG he fell seriously ill. In spite of his suffering he took a most active part in the operations which finally led to the capture of MOGAUNG. On one occasion on 4th June enemy shelling set fire to a dump of flame thrower fuel which was situated near Bde HQ. This set fire to an ammunition dump and to men's packs in which were primed grenades. In spite of the fact that accurate shelling was still in progress two men of Bde. HQ having been killed and others wounded. Major STUART coolly entered the flaming area and started to remove the ammunition and put the fire out. By this time grenades were bursting and one or two men who were helping him were injured. However Major STUART personally supervised the operation until there was no more danger. His action undoubtedly saved the ammunition dump which was urgently required and saved much signal equipment which was in danger, and also the lives of men at our Adv. Dressing Station which was close and from which we had not had time to move everyone.

(Since died)

Recommended By

Brigadier J.M. Calvert DSO
Commander 77 Indian Infantry 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 16 November 1944)