Lance NaikSHER SHAH

Service Number 14922

Died 19/01/1945

Aged 27

7th Bn.
16th Punjab Regiment

V C

Son of Barkhurdar and Makda; husband of Mehr Bhari, of Chakrala, Mianwali, Pakistan.

Citation

The citation in the London Gazette for 4th May, 1945, gives the following particulars

In Burma, on the night 19th/20th January, 1945, at Kyeyebin, Kaladan, Lance-Naik Sher Shah was commanding the left forward section of his platoon, when a Japanese platoon attacked his post. He by himself stalked the enemy from their rear and broke up the attack by firing into their midst, killing the platoon commander and six others. Soon after midnight the Japanese, now reinforced, started to form up for another attack. Again he crawled forward alone, and finding a group of Japanese officers and men, fired until they broke up in disorder. On his way back he was hit by a mortar bomb, but made light of his wound; not till some time later did his comrades find out that his right leg was missing. A third time the Japanese troops started to form up for an attack, and for the third time Lance-Naik Sher Shah, despite his wounds and loss of blood, crawled forward and broke up the enemy by firing among them. This time he received a head wound which proved fatal. His initiative and indomitable courage throughout this very critical situation undoubtedly averted the overrunning of his platoon and was the deciding factor in defeating the Japanese attacks.

Commemorated at RANGOON MEMORIAL

Location: Myanmar
Number of casualties: 26857

Cemetery/memorial reference: Face 48.

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