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Private William Muggleton MM

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Military Medal - Chindits Awards


77th Indian Infantry


3rd Indian


1st Bn The South Staffordshire Regiment

Date of

10th April 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Private William Muggleton

Action for which recommended -

On the night 21/22nd March 44, the enemy launched a night attack on the northern side of the HENU BLOCK. In this attack the enemy penetrated and held a portion of a main feature known as BARE HILL. On the morning of 22nd March 44 this man's Platoon was ordered to counterattack while his section was under cover on the Start Line. This man without orders left his Section, crawled into the enemy positions and brought back one of our wounded men. This action was observed by the enemy and they opened MMG and Rifle fire at him. Despite this he managed to bring back the wounded man. He returned to his Section a few minutes later. Again he saw another wounded man between his section and the enemy. Once again he crawled forward, this time without any cover. The enemy again opened fire at him, but he reached the wounded man and brought him back safely and was in time to participate in the counterattack.

On the 6th April 44 at 2200 hours the platoon of which this man was a member were returning from a fighting patrol in THAZI woods, when the enemy opened up on to them with Mortar and Shell fire. They were then ordered back through the fire to the Block. On reaching the wire it was found that one man was missing. Private MUGGLETON and Regimental Sergeant Major ROBERTS went back through the same area which was still under heavy fire, found the man was wounded and between them carried him back to the Block.

This man was in all attacks and did brilliant individual deeds. He has always shown disregard for his own safety, has also been most courages and determined in all his actions.

Dated 10th April 44. WHITE CITY.

Recommended By

Lieut Colonel R. Degg
1st Bn The South Staffordshire Regiment

J.M.Calvert, Brigadier
Commander 77 Ind Inf Brigade

Honour or Reward

Military Medal

Signed By

W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd. 3 Ind.Div.

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

(London Gazette 26.04.45)