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Sergeant J.T. Chandler D.C.M.

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Distinguished Conduct Medal - Chindits Awards


16th Infantry


3rd Indian


71 Coln 2 Leicesters

Date of

14 April 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Sergeant Joseph Thomas CHANDLER

Action for which recommended -

On 27 March 44, 71 Coln was heavily attacked by the Japanese. During the attack one officer and 4 other ranks were killed. Sergeant CHANDLER, Platoon Sgt 15 Platoon, took a section to recover the five bodies. Despite very heavy enemy automatic fire and grenades, Sgt CHANDLER by cool and skilful handling of his section succeeded in recovering all the bodies. Five Japanese were killed, Sgt CHANDLER personally accounting for two. His excellent example and leadership was an encouragement to his whole column.

On 12 Apr 44, an ambush party from 17 and 71 colns were blocking the road NABA - MAWLU, hill 602. Sergeant CHANDLER, now commanding 15 Platoon, was heavily attacked by Japanese, first by automatic fire and grenades, then by assault. Sergeant CHANDLER's personal leadership in the hand to hand fighting enabled the platoon to withstand the assault. At least 15 Japanese were killed. During this action Sergeant CHANDLER was wounded first by a bullet through his shoulder, but continued to lead his platoon until again shot, this time through his side. He was then evacuated by plane when the ambush withdrew. Despite his painful journey he remained cheerful throughout.

His leadership and courage throughout the action were magnificent and his cheerful determination once wounded a fine and effective example to all.

(Signed) H.N.Daniels Major
Comd 71 Coln., 14 Apr 44

(Signed) B.E.Fergusson
Brig., 18 Apr 44

Recommended By

Major H.N. Daniels
Comdg 71 Coln.

Brig. B.E. Fergusson DSO

Honour or Reward

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Signed By

W. Lentaigne, Major General

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)