The very fine Second World War Battle for Kangaw final assault on Melrose 29th January 1945 Military Medal awarded to Havildar Mian Mohammed, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Punjab Regiment, a part of the 51st Indian Infantry Brigade in the 25th Indian Division, who was in command of the leading platoon in the assault on Melrose on 29th January, and by his coolness and skilful control was responsible for saving his platoon from considerable casualties, he managed to take the crest of the Melrose feature, and directed a successful attack on three enemy bunkers, before consolidating the position, and when the enemy repeatedly launched savage and determined counter-attacks on the position, repulsed the counter-attacks with heavy casualties to the enemy. He was originally recommended for an ‘immediate’ Indian Distinguished Service Medal.
Military Medal, GVI 1st type bust, officially impressed; (15133 HAV MIAN MOHD PUNJAB R)
Mian Mohammed was born in the village of Gujar in the Jhelum district, and saw service during the Second World War as a War Substantive Havildar (No.15133) with the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Punjab Regiment, seeing service 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 successful assault on Melrose on 29th January 1945 which led to his award of the Military Medal, he having been originally recommended for the immediate award of the Indian Distinguished Service Medal.
The recommendation reads as follows: ‘Havildar Mian Mohammed was in command of the leading platoon in the assault on Melrose on 29th January. During the advance to the F.U.P across shell and medium machine gun swept paddy, and at the F.U.P itself under fire, Havildar Mian Mohammed by his coolness and skilful control was responsible for saving his platoon from considerable casualties and for bringing his platoon to the F.U.P punctually. His leadership of his platoon during the attack was exemplary and his skilful dispositions of his men enabled them to clear the crest of the feature with a minimum of casualties from enemy fire. From the crest he again directed a successful attack on three enemy bunkers which were sweeping the crest with fire, showing complete disregard for his personal safety and ensuring that his men were in the best position to consolidate the feature. The enemy repeatedly launched savage and determined counter-attacks on the position, during which Havildar Mian Mohammed continually visited his section positions, directing and controlling their fire with calmness and accuracy. It was largely due to his inspiring example, and the excellence of fire discipline which he maintained, that his platoon was successful in repulsing the counter-attacks with heavy casualties to the enemy. To add to his difficulty two of his three Bren guns were put of of action by hostile shelling but by his organising his remaining fire power effectively his platoon continued to repel and destroy the enemy.’
The recommendation for his award was made on 2nd February 1945, and his award of the Military Medal was published in the London Gazette for 21st June 1945.