Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
A fine Second World War 'Crossing of the River Senio' immediate M.M. group of seven awarded to Haviladar G. Jalani, 3/8th Punjab Regiment
Military Medal, G.VI.R. (15152 Hav Ghulam Jalani Punjab R); India General Service 1936-39, 1 clasp, North West Frontier 1937-39 (15152 Sep. Ghulam Jilani, 3-8 Punjab R.); 1939-45 Star; Italy Star; Defence Medal 1939-45; India Service Medal 1939-45; Pakistan Independence Medal 1947 (15152 Hav Ghulam Jilani 8 Punjab R.), the second with officially re-impressed naming, good very fine (7)
M.M. London Gazette 23 August 1945. The original recommendation - for an immediate I.D.S.M. - states:
'On the night 9/10 April 1945 at the crossing of the River Senio No. 15152 Havildar Ghulam Jilani, 3/8 Punjab Regiment, was in charge of a party erecting the left of the two Olafson bridges over the River Senio, in the brigade sector, immediately after the assaulting troops had crossed.
As the party were erecting and launching the bridge they had to traverse a mine-field which caused one or two casualties amongst them and heavy shell and mortar fire was landing on the bridge side.
Regardless of danger Havildar Ghulam Jilani so encouraged his party by his personal courage and fearless example that the bridge was erected in under thirty minutes in spite of the fact that one third of his party became casualties before the task was completed. Having completed his own bridge he then took some of his party to help in the erection of the second bridge as he heard that it had not been completed. The inspiration to all given by the courage and bearing of Havildar Ghulam Jilani in extreme danger was directly responsible for the quick and good work done by his party. This bridge provided the only means of evacuation of casualties across the river at this point for several hours.'
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