awarded to 50012 Subedar Agu Di
2nd Burma Rifles
and the B.G.M. that never was
Agu Di, M.C.
Note absence of 'B.G.M.' ribbon
Lieutenant-Colonel Agu Di's medals as he wore them. The first sign that
something is wrong: a GV B.G.M.?
Reverse of the medals. The B.G.M. is clearly an India General Service
Medal with clasp removed.
All of the medals are named.
50012 SUB AGUDI M.C.
War Two stars and medals
B.C. 3747 LT. COL. AGUDI MC
285 - AGUDI
(renamed in crude engraved capitals)
Autobiograhpy of Lieutenant Colonel Agu Di, M.C., B.G.M.
Agu Di was born from father Salang Dansa Hpung (black smith) and mother
Chyang Zawn in Hkawng Lang Hpu Seng, in Northern part of Kachin State.
Date of joining military 30th May 1925. 10/20 Training Battalion the
After training for one year No. 285 Rect. Agu Di was transferred to
1/20th Burma Rifles on 26th June 1926.
I was promoted and had to train the new recruits at 10/20 Training
starting 1st January 1927.
I was appointed to 1/20 Burma Rifles 1929 and stayed there for four
years. I returned to Burma 1933.
I was an Instructor from 1935 to 1937.
I did Weapon Training Course, Field Work Course, Burma Army Education
English Course, attended Defence Service Academy in Maymyo and the C.O.
Course in Kalaw.
During war with Japan
1. Fighting at Myawaddy on Burma-Thailand border 12 January 1942 in
early morning 4 a.m.
2. Fighting at Kawkraik myo 15 January 1942
3. Fighting at Kyaik To 21 February 1942
4. Fighting on 22-23 February 1942. The fighting went on until
explosion of the Satang Bridge took place. We had to swim across the
Sitting river and escaped.
5. Escaped from bombing by Japanese on Mandalay 3 April 1942.
Accompanied with 4th Battalion Burma Rifles on return back to India.
Started from Indaw and through Kurki, India Naga and arrived Imphall.
There the 2nd Burma Rifles stopped and then set off to India.
Certificate for distinguished
service from C-in-C. India to Jemadar Agu Di, 4th Burma Rifles
Dates of ranks
Unpaid Lance Naik - 1.3.27
Paid Lance Naik - 1.7.30
Naik - 1.8.30
Havildar - 1.4.37
Jemadar - 1.7.40
Subedar - 30.4.43
Lieutenant - 15.12.45
Captain - 1.4.47
Major - 1.9.47
Lieutenant-Colonel - 29.7.49
Assistant-Deputy Inspector, General Northern Range, Union Military
Police of Northern Burma.
Two photographs of Lieutenant-Colonel Agu Di, M.C. wearing his medals
Lieutenant-Colonel Agu Di, M.C. retired 21st October 1953 and died in
Burma 21st September 1996