|THE SECOND WORLD WAR VICTORIA CROSS MEDAL GROUP AWARDED TO LANCE NAIK SHER SHAH, 16TH PUNJAB REGIMENT, INDIAN ARMY, HAS BEEN SOLD AT AUCTION BY MORTON & EDEN|
|13 November 2002|
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|Medal entitlement of Lance Naik Sher Shah,
16th Punjab Regiment, Indian Army
|The Victoria Cross medal group awarded to Lance Naik Sher Shah, 16th Punjab Regiment, Indian Army, has been sold at auction by the auctioneers Morton & Eden for a hammer price of £85,000. The identity of the purchaser has not been revealed.
For the award of the Victoria Cross
[ London Gazette, 8th May 1945 ]. Kyeyebin Kaladan, Burma, 19th - 20th January 1945, No. 14922 Lance Naik Sher Shah, 16th Punjab Regiment, Indian Army.
In Burma, on the night of 19th / 20th January 1945, Lance Naik Sher Shah commanded the left forward section of his platoon. At 19:30 hours a Japanese platoon attacked his post. Realizing that overwhelming numbers would probably destroy his section, he, by himself, stalked the enemy from their rear and broke up their attack by firing into their midst. He killed the platoon commander and six other Japanese and, after their withdrawal, crawled back to his section post.
His initiative and indomitable courage throughout this very critical situation undoubtedly averted the over-running of his platoon, and was the deciding factor in defeating the Japanese attacks. His supreme self-sacrifice, disregard of danger and selfless devotion to duty, were an inspiration to all his comrades throughout the Battalion.
Iain Stewart, 14 November 2002