Captain Maurice Budd, from Copnor and an officer of the Royal Sussex Regiment, was serving on attachment with V Force in Burma in 1945.
V Force was an intelligence-gathering unit established by the British Army in Burma. V Force was originally formed in 1942 to act as ‘stay-behind’ guerilla force. As the war drew on and the Allies had the Japanese on the run in Burma, V Force began to act more aggressively to gather intelligence and set up ambushes.
The citation for his Military Cross picks up the story:
During the period under review [16 February to 15 May 1945] Capt. M.A.J. Budd operating continuously with clandestine small patrols behind in the RAMREE & TAUNGUP – SANDOWAY areas has provided a constant flow of valuable information regarding enemy concentrations and movement. On one occasion knowing that the enemy were aware of his presence behind their lines and were hunting him, he remained and completed his task and then succeeded in withdrawing his patrol without loss. Throughout Capt. Budd has performed his duties with unfaltering steadfastness and without personal regard, displaying a standard of courage and devotion to duty of a high order. I strongly reccomend him for the award of the Military Cross.
The award was announced in the London Gazette on 17 January 1946. However Budd, who was later promoted to Major, did not live to receive his Military Cross. At the age of 28 Budd died on 23 November 1945, and is buried in Gauhati, India.