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Citation for Military Cross
NX34792 - DUFFY, Desmond Jack, Capt.

Captain Desmond Jack DUFFY (also known as Mum or Des).

Officer in Charge of "B" Company, which carried out the ambush at Gemencheh Bridge on 14/1/1942.

Promoted to Major on 14/2/1942, and to Lt. Colonel on 1/11/1950. 

Awarded Military Cross, and Efficiency Decoration.

The citation for Military Cross reads:

"This officer was detailed to the difficult duty of covering the bridge at 633303 and conducting the ambush operations. As a result of his leadership it is estimated that five hundred Japanese were killed. The surviving Japanese counter attacked and some severe hand to hand fighting was indulged in. Throughout this phase Capt. Duffy by personal example and courage directed the further killing of many of the enemy. He then reorganised his Company and endeavoured to lead them back to our position and it was then dark. The enemy were again contacted and casualties inflicted. As a result of this action the Company became separated into two groups. Capt. Duffy led his group back to the new position East of Gemas after thirty nine hours in jungle and in the enemy occupied area."

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Citation for Military Cross

NX34792 - DUFFY, Desmond Jack, Capt.

Captain Desmond Jack DUFFY (also known as Mum or Des).

Officer in Charge of "B" Company, which carried out the ambush at Gemencheh Bridge on 14/1/1942.

Promoted to Major on 14/2/1942, and to Lt. Colonel on 1/11/1950.

Awarded Military Cross, and Efficiency Decoration.

The citation for Military Cross reads:

"This officer was detailed to the difficult duty of covering the bridge at 633303 and conducting the ambush operations. As a result of his leadership it is estimated that five hundred Japanese were killed. The surviving Japanese counter attacked and some severe hand to hand fighting was indulged in. Throughout this phase Capt. Duffy by personal example and courage directed the further killing of many of the enemy. He then reorganised his Company and endeavoured to lead them back to our position and it was then dark. The enemy were again contacted and casualties inflicted. As a result of this action the Company became separated into two groups. Capt. Duffy led his group back to the new position East of Gemas after thirty nine hours in jungle and in the enemy occupied area."

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Album name:makan / Citations
Keywords:NX34792CitationMC
Source:From the collection of the National Archives of Australia. NAA: B2458, 237501
Date:3/3/1942
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