WADGE, Eric James

3 Commando
Royal Army Medical Corps
Corporal Eric Wadge was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1] for gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe whilst a Medical Orderly in No 3 Commando. 
Post war whilst serving in the Malaya Police he was awarded the George Medal [2] for his gallantry during the Malayan crisis.
Citation for the George Medal
Eric James WADGE, D.C.M., Police Lieutenant, Federation of Malaya Police Force.
A Police party consisting of a Lance Sergeant and five Special Constables under the command of Police Lieutenant Wadge was travelling from Kr. Pulai Police Station towards Ulu Choh Brickworks when it came under heavy fire from the side of the road. Police Lieutenant Wadge gave the.order to debus, take cover and engage the enemy. The whole party took cover in a ditch and encouraged by the Police Lieutenant stood fast and engaged the bandits. In full view of the enemy the Police Lieutenant threw two hand grenades and in doing so was wounded in the arm and face. Despite these wounds he very gallantly urged his men on to continue the fight. Samad bin Baba, the Police Bren Gunner, who was behind a high bank, was unable to see the enemy. With great gallantry he climbed on top of the bank and in full view of the bandits and under heavy fire, sprayed them with his Bren gun. Eventually this small Police party forced the bandits to withdraw. The offensive spirit displayed by all ranks was undoubtedly the result of the outstanding courage and excellent leadership of Lieutenant Wadge and the conduct of Samad bin Baba was an inspiring example of bravery and devotion to duty.
[1] London Gazette 37442, page 640 published 22 January 1946.
[2] London Gazette 39651, page 5035 published 19 September 1952.

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