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Military Medal - Chindits Awards


16 Inf


3 Ind


45 Regiment Recce Corps

Date of

3 April 44

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Tpr Matthew John FLYNN

Action for which recommended -

On 26 March 1944, near THETKEGYIN, Burma, the column with which Tpr FLYNN was with came suddenly under intense enemy fire. Tpr FLYNN, who was No. 1 of a medium machine gun, got his gun into action regardless of his exposed position and remained in action with it throughout the whole of the following day. He continued to man it, refusing all relief despite the intense heat and entirely without water, his gun commander and second in command were killed beside him, his No.2 wounded, and the gun out strengthed by enemy fire. The gun was in a key position, failure to keep it in action would have resulted in consequences serious to the column.

His cheerful coolness, as well as the casualties he inflicted upon the enemy, set a magnificent example to his comrades.

(Signed) R.A.G. Varcoe 3.4.44

Recommended By

Major R.A.G. Varcoe
Comdg 54 Coln

Brig. B.E. Fergusson DSO

Honour or Reward

Military Medal

Signed By

W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd Special Force

W.J.Slim Lieut-Gen
G.O.C-in-Chief, Fourteenth Army

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

(London Gazette 27 July 1944)