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CITATIONS AWARDED TO:

LT. COL. Edgar Henry William Peacock D.S.O. M.C. & BAR
RA  54 Nyasaland Battery att Force 136

 

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER

318622 Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Henry William Peacock

RA  54 Nyasaland Battery att Force 136--LG 23.5.46 

During the period under review this officer, who parachuted with a party into the Pyagawpu QB 63 area in February 1945, has been in command of Operation Otter operating on the Toungoo Mawchi Road which has raised local levies who have killed 2,743 enemy troops and destroyed 94 MT. Besides giving much intelligence of great value to 14 and 12 Army HQ, Lieutenant Colonel Peacock has displayed leadership, organising ability and tact in handling the locals, worthy of very high commendation. The outstanding courage and resource of this officer within two months turned a small hunted party into the controlling force over a wide area.

MILITARY CROSS

318622 Major Edgar Henry William Peacock

RA 54 Nyasaland Battery att Force 136 (LG date?) 

Major Peacock was in command of a special force of Burmans and Karens which, shortly before the Japanese advance started, was sent on 13 March 1944 to watch the approaches from Yuwa into the Kabaw Valley. On 23 March 1944, the day before this long-distance patrol was due to withdraw, one of his officers, Captain J. Gibson, a very heavy man, was very seriously injured by a grenade, and had to be carried back over very difficult country by slow stages. On arrival at his old camp site at the Yu river crossing Peacock, whose wireless had failed to function for several days, discovered that the enemy were in possession of Tamu and Hesin, and between him and Moreh, and was uncertain how far out his own troops had withdrawn. It was imperative to get assistance quickly for Gibson who was left hidden at the Yu River crossing with food and water while Peacock and his party, by now considerably exhausted, made their way through the jungle via the northern flank of Moreh to Sibong where he contacted our forces again. In spite of his considerable exhaustion and the effects of heatstroke from which he was suffering, Peacock's sole concern was the safety and rescue of Gibson. He wasted no time in going to Moreh and after consultation with the commander of the Moreh garrison, left Moreh the next night with an escort of Gurkhas and two Karens to fetch in Gibson. At this time considerable enemy forces, including tanks and guns, were in the Nakala, Tamu and Hesin areas, but no exact information was available. Without thought for his personal safety and knowing that speed was vital to Gibson's safety, he took this party successfully under cover of darkness straight through Tamu and Hesin villages to the Yu River crossing, and the same night safely brought back Gibson who was still alive. It was entirely due to Peacock's dogged determination, drive, unselfishness and great courage that Gibson's life was saved.

 

BAR TO THE MILITARY CROSS

318622 Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Henry William Peacock

RA 54 Nyasaland Battery att Force 136--LG 18.5.45 

In March 1945 Lieutenant Colonel Peacock, after having been parachuted into enemy territory, raised and commanded a group of Karen guerrillas operating in the mountainous country NE of Pegu. On 13 April he was warned that a Japanese division was moving along an axis running close to his base. The enemy's objective was to link up with the main enemy forces in order to deny us a vital airfield and communications centre. Within twenty-four hours Colonel Peacock had established a number of roadblocks. During the following ten days, by skilful handling of his guerrilla and a nicely time series of demolitions, he succeeded in preventing the link-up of the Japanese forces. The objective was now in our hands. In this short period his guerrillas killed 114 of the enemy, destroyed a large amount of transport and blew six bridges. Credit for this outstanding performance must go largely to Colonel Peacock whose gallant leadership and sound tactical judgement have been important contributory factors in the success of the main operations.

 

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