[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]
Rank and Name
Action for which recommended -
Major Lockett commanded a column throughout the campaign. His own personal bravery in action and complete disregard of danger was an inspiration to his column, who, as a result, maintained a very high standard throughout. His work at all times was notable for its drive and thrust.
After the evacuation of Henu block on 10 May 44, Major Locketts’s column was ordered to proceed to the Khyusanlai Pass and capture it as quickly as possible pending the arrival of the remainder of the Bde. Led and urged on by their column commander his column carried out what amounted to a forced march, rendered doubly difficult by the breaking of the monsoon.
Exhorting his men to greater efforts he reached the pass far in advance of the Bde. Arriving at the base of the pass late in the day and at a time when he might reasonably have halted his column for the night, he led part of his force up the pass, surprised the enemy position at the summit, and on the following day, successfully ambushed enemy reinforcements, killing over sixty of them. In spite of enemy attack Major Lockett succeeded in holding the pass until more of the Brigade arrived. By his energy and drive and by the force of his example he inspired his tired troops and by his action undoubtedly saved the Brigade from what would have been a costly attack against an almost impregnable position.
On 2nd August 44 Major Lockett was ordered to occupy Taugni Pum, a hill feature overlooking Taugni and far in advance of other troops of the Brigade. He again carried out this operation with the utmost boldness and skill, captured the hill, fortified his position speedily and in spite of enemy counter attacks he succeeded in maintaining his position until the end of operations.
Brigadier T. Brodie
Comd. 14 Inf Brigade
Honour or Reward
W. Lentaigne, Major General
Comd Special Force
G. Giffard, General
C-in-C 11 Army Group
(London Gazette 26.04.1945)