[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]
Rank and Name
Action for which recommended -
This NCO was Platoon Sergeant of a Platoon which took the major part in a successful ambush of the enemy in the KUSANLAI PASS on 21 May '44.
Throughout the engagement, which lasted about 2½hrs, this NCO displayed the highest degree of coolness under fire, initiative and courage. A particular instance may be cited :-
When the two forward sections were withdrawn under orders to the feature on which the remaining two sections were established, it was discovered that a wounded corporal had been left behind. By this time the enemy had established themselves on a feature less than 100 yds in front, and were directing continual small arms fire and mortar on to the vacated position. Sgt. Eden immediately volunteered to go forward alone and located the man, but found himself unable to carry him back. He then returned to the held position and collecting three men, again went forward and brought back the wounded NCO who subsequently died. During the whole episode, Sgt. Eden was under continual close range fire.
His general behaviour had the greatest possible moral and steadying effect on the whole platoon.
(Signed) J.G. Lockett, Major
Comd. 74 Column, 7th Bn The Leicestershire Regt., 28th May 1944.
Lieut.J.K. Flowers, R.A.,
Honour or Reward
W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd Special Force
G.O.C-in-Chief, Fourteenth Army
G. Giffard, General
C-in-C 11 Army Group
(London Gazette 05.10.1944)