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Corporal (Act/Sergeant) Herbert Cropper M.M.

[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]

Military Medal - Chindits Awards


77th Indian Infantry


3rd Indian


1st Bn The Lancashire Fusiliers

Date of

16th July 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Corporal (Act/Sergeant) Herbert Cropper

Action for which recommended -

Sgt. CROPPER was Platoon Sergeant of a Platoon which on the nights 6/7 April and 7/8 April withstood very heavy attacks from at least two companies of Japanese. During the second night the platoon was under very heavy fire from Mortar, Artillery and heavy machine gun fire and small arm fire.

Sgt. CROPPER showed complete disregard for his personal safety, moved from Section post to Section post organising the fire and relieving wounded men. At one stage the platoon was reduced to twenty five men holding a fifty men position.

On the morning of 8th April a party of Japanese had established themselves in dug in positions 30 yards from our wire. Sgt. CROPPER with four men, the only ones unwounded, led a bayonet charge against the enemy and himself killing the officer and three men, the remainder fled in rout and disorder.

Sgt. CROPPER set a magnificent example to his men and by his leadership helped to save the situation at a critical time.

Lt.Col. J.N.H. Christie
Comd. 1 Lan Fus

Recommended By

Major W.P.A. Suttleworth
Comd. 50 Coln.

J.M. Calvert Brigadier
Commander 77 Ind Inf Brigade

Honour or Reward

Military Medal

Signed By

W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd Special Force

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

(London Gazette 02.01.1945)