1 Commando, Order of the Day by Lt Col Trevor 2nd Feb'45
Order of the day Serial No 8
2nd February 1945
Commanding, No. 1 Commando
Copy of original document supplied by: John Mewett
Transcribed by: Jennie Barlow
Gentlemen, I can't say how proud I am of the unit, and honoured to command you. During the whole time at Hill 170, every man in every Troop and in every department worked and fought magnificently. There was not a weak link anywhere. No. 1 was a perfect fighting machine.
On hill 170 I saw more acts of bravery - perseverance and physical endurance that I could imagine possible. The forward Troops stood firm, never wavering against all attacks. Troops were always willing to counter attack against unknown odds, and the odds were heavily against us.
We must not forget the gallant part played by W and X Troops of 42 Commando both in their counter attack and defence, also 5 Commando who came to our assistance. Col. Pollitt, before he was wounded, came and offered ant help her could give. They gave it us, manning several Bren Gun pits in the forward trenches. Major Stewart at 1800 hrs. offered and took the risk of replacing our troops on the positions with two of 5 Commando's troops, enabling our men to be pulled back for a well earned respite. This completed for No. 1 Commando a period of twelve hours continuous close fighting.
Had the enemy succeeded in gaining a foothold on Hill 170 the safety of the whole Brigade and beachhead might have been jeopardised. Our casualties have been heavy. We have lost a number of old friends. We must not forget the part they played in making their supreme sacrifice.
We have had since landing at AKYAB the following casualties:
- 2 Officers
- 2 Sgts
- 3 L/Sgts
- 2 Cpls
- 7 L/Cpls
- 11 Ptes
- 1 W.O.
- 1 Sgt.
- 5 L/Sgts
- 6 Cpls
- 10 L/Cpls
- 58 Ptes.
These figures speak for themselves.