​The superb Second World War Burma Battle of Kangaw Attack on Melrose hill 29th to 30th January 1945 Military Medal group awarded to Lance Naik Haji Ahmed, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Punjab Regiment, a unit of the 51st Indian Infantry Brigade in the 25th Indian Division, who during the assault on the Melrose feature, when employed as Ammunition Naik with ‘B’ Company Headquarters, multiple times displayed conspicuous bravery, first by carrying up the steep sloop, under medium machine gun fire from a flank and constant heavy shell fire, two boxes of Mill

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The superb Second World War Burma Battle of Kangaw Attack on Melrose hill 29th to 30th January 1945 Military Medal group awarded to Lance Naik Haji Ahmed, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Punjab Regiment, a unit of the 51st Indian Infantry Brigade in the 25th Indian Division, who during the assault on the Melrose feature, when employed as Ammunition Naik with ‘B’ Company Headquarters, multiple times displayed conspicuous bravery, first by carrying up the steep sloop, under medium machine gun fire from a flank and constant heavy shell fire, two boxes of Mill’s 36 grenades which were urgently required; and secondly by leading the Company Stretcher Bearers forward of the crest of the feature and of the Company position to evacuate a Havildar who had been wounded within a few yards of an em-bunkered enemy Light Machine Gun which was sweeping the area with fire; and thirdly in response to an urgent call for reinforcements for their forward platoon, whose strength had been reduced through heavy casualties, he led a party of four men to assist, arriving just in time to save the forward platoon position of C Company from being breached, he destroyed a party of four Haps, led by an officer with well directed grenades just as the officer was leaping into one forward trench, and then took over the Bren Gun, and by his excellent control and direction of fire he continued to hold off and repel repeated enemy counter-attacks, strongly supported by Mortar and Medium Machine Gun fire for a period of about three hours.

Military Medal, GVI 1st type bust, impressed naming; (10604 L-NK HAJI AHMAD PUNJAB R)

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Haji Ahmad a Punjabi Mussalman, was born in the village of Bahtar, in the tehsil of Faterjang in the district of Attock. During the Second World War he saw service with the Indian Army as a Sepoy and sometime Lance Naik (No.10604) with the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Punjab Regiment, being present on operations in Burma where his battalion formed part of the 51st Indian Infantry Brigade in the 25th Indian Division.

It was for his gallantry in action during the Battle for Kangaw in the final assault on Melrose on 29th to 30th January 1945 which led to his award of the Military Medal, he having been originally recommended for an immediatre award of the Indian Distinguished Service Medal.

The recommendation reads as follows: ’29th and 30th January 1945 - Kangaw - hill feature Melrose. During the attack on feature Melrose Lance Naik Haji Ahmed was performing the duties of Ammunition Naik with ‘B’ Company Headquarters. In the actual attack he twice displayed conspicuous bravery; first by carrying up the steep sloop, under medium machine gun fire from a flank and constant heavy shell fire, two boxes of Mill’s 36 grenades which were urgently required by one of the forward sections; and secondly by leading the Company Stretcher Bearers forward of the crest of the feature and of the Company position to evacuate Havildar Ghulam Mohammed who had been wounded within a few yards of an em-bunkered enemy Light Machine Gun which was sweeping the area with fire. Later during the night of 29th/30th January he further distinguished himself; ‘C’ Company on the north edge of Melrose were subjected to heavily supported Japanese counter attacks. In response to an urgent call for reinforcements for their forward platoon, whose strength had been reduced through heavy casualties sustained to 18 men - Lance Naik Haji Ahmed was sent up with the only men immediately available (i.e. four men of B Company Headquarters) to assist. His alacrity in bringing up these men, himself carrying a box of grenades, again under heavy fire, enabled him to arrive just in time to save the forward platoon position of C Company from being breached. Lance Nail Haji Ahmed destroyed a party of four Japs, led by an officer with well directed grenades just as the officer was leaping into one forward trench. Shortly afterwards Lance Naik Haji Ahmed took over the Bren Gun of the sadly depleted C Company Section. By the excellent control and direction of fire he continued to hold off and repel repeated enemy counter-attacks, strongly supported by Mortar and Medium Machine Gun fire for a period of about three hours. Throughout the action this Lance Naik was conspicuous by his untiring energy, steadiness and cheerfulness under fire, and his excellent example to his men; his gallantry and skill with his weapons was chiefly instrumental in saving the position from capture.’

Haji Ahmed was awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette for 21st June 1946.    


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