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Sergeant J.J. McQuillam M.M.

[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]

Military Medal - Chindits Awards


77th Indian Infantry Brigade


3rd Indian


1st Bn The King's Regiment

Date of

29 May 44

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Sgt John Joseph McQuillam

Action for which recommended -

On 24 May and for the following 24 hrs, Sgt. McQuillam was Platoon Sergeant of a Platoon holding an exposed position which was under continual enemy shelling, mortar and MG fire, and was surrounded by a large Jap force.

An enemy grenade landed in the area in which he and other troops were situated. Without a thought for his personal safety Sgt. McQuillam picked up the grenade and attempted to throw it clear of our troops. Unfortunately the grenade exploded and seriously wounded this NCO. For the remainder of the 24 hours Sgt. McQuillam continued to do great work as Platoon Sergeant, and when the remainder of the platoon (2 officers and 12 men) finally broke through the enemy ring, Sgt. McQuillam rendered invaluable assistance helping a wounded man.

(Signed) J. Masters. Major,
A/Comd. 'Profound'

Recommended By

Lt.Col. W.P.Scott DSO, MC
Comd. 1st Bn The Kings Regt.

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 16 November 1944)