Military Cross and
Burma Gallantry Medal
awarded to Captain Kum Je Tawng Wah
Army in Burma Reserve of Officers and Special Operations Executive
Captain Kumje Tawng Wha, M.C., B.G.M.
Burma Office, 4th January 1945.
The following awards have been made in recognition of gallant and
distinguished services in the field: —
The Burma Gallantry Medal.
Captain Kum Je Tawng Wah, Army in Burma Reserve of Officers.
"As Jemadar he was in charge of a party dropped behind the enemy lines.
Although out of touch with his base, he continued to carry out his
role, and obtained much valuable information by personal
reconnaissance. He remained behind enemy lines for a period of 15
months, and latterly assisted in the carrying out of Dah Force
operations, during which time he showed a high regard for duty and a
corresponding disregard for his personal safety and interests."
Awarded the Military Cross: 4 Oct. 1945:
T/Capt. (W/S Lieut.) Kumje Tawng Wah.
“This officer landed by parachute behind the enemy lines in Nov.
44. He rapidly built up a most efficient intelligence network which
provided regular and reliable information of great value to NCAC and
10th USAAF. He also developed the nucleus of a guerrilla force which
was already in a high state of efficiency when other officers were
dropped in during Dec. to command and expand this force. It ultimately
guarded the left flank of NCAC forces advancing down the road from
Namkhan to Kutkai and inflicted over 80 casualties on the enemy. He was
withdrawn in Feb. 45 and again landed by parachute behind the enemy
lines in March where he presently is developing an intelligence network
with his customary courage and efficieny.”
Biography of Captain Kum Je Tawng Wah
written by his daughter
Captain Kum Je Tawng was born in Shwe Nyaung Pin quarter, Mogoke city
in Myanmar on 29th September 1914. His father, Subedar Kum Je Naw, a
British soldier during the First World War and his mother's name was
Mahkaw Lu. Both his parents are from a small village in Bahmo district,
When he was 5 years old his parents were transferred to Malaya by
British military for some years. Kum Je Tawng was left at teacher Mr
maran La at Sinlonh village in Bahmo by his parents for year 1929-30.
After that he was sent to A.B.M. School in Basseia. He passed his
examination. When he passed the 10th standard exam he worked at Sussex
Regiment, British Army as a radio operator. When Japanese Army arrived
Myanmar he with British Army fled to Calcutta in 1942.
August 1943 he came back to Myanmar, dropping down by parachute
together with two friends, Sgt. Maran Hka Li and Sgt. Lashi Hkang Htan.
They were spying on the Japanese till the end of the war, sending back
messages by wireless to the British Allied Forces in India.
In 1943 Japanese Army camped in Moe Mauk village in Bahmo. He spied and
sent a message by wireless to British Allied Forces and attacked by
Later with his parachute he jumped down in Northern Shan State and
Eastern Shan State. He also jumped down to Kayin State. That was during
1944. He used gold coins for his expenditure during his spying time. He
had jumped down from his parachutes for 14 times for spying.
The war ended in 1945. He served as a Transport Officer at 2nd Kachin
Rifle Regiment in 1946.
He was awarded M.C. and B.G.M. and so on.
In 1946 he was transferred to Civil Service in Lawhkawng in the
northern east Kachin, near the border line of Myanmar and China.
Captain Wah Kum Je Tawng (sic)
Burma Army Reserve of Officers
Mentioned in Despatches 7 November 1946
Kum Je Tawng Wah, M.C., B.G.M. died at his home in Burma 1999
His wife, Maran Lu, had served as a nurse with both British and
American Forces in Burma