On 2nd May, 1963, Shawish Ali bin Batti was in charge of a convoy going from Sharjah to Buraimi.
SGT. ALI BIN BATTI AND TWO STUDENT DRIVERS.
SGT. ALI BIN BATTI INSTRUCTS ON ENGINE MAINTENANCE
SET ALI BIN BATTI TALKS TO SGT. JEFF KITCHEN, ONE OF THE BRITISH N.C.O'S SAVED BY HIM.
PARADE MARCH ON.
ARRIVAL OF MAJ. GEN. J.H. CUBBON CB CBE. GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, MIDDLE EAST LAND FORCES.
ARRIVAL OF POLITICAL RESIDENT, PERSIAN GULF H.E. SIR WILLIAM LUCE G.B.E., K.C.M.G.
SGT BIN BATTI AND ESCORT ONTO PARADE. SGT ON RIGHT OF PICTURE IS SGT. JEFF KITCHEN ONE OF THOSE SAVED.
PRESENTATION OF GEORGE MEDAL TO SGT. ALI BIN BATTI BY POLITICAL RESIDENT.
SGT. JEFF KITCHEN, WHO WAS AMONG THOSE SAVED, CONGRATULATES SGT BIN BATTI AFTER THE PRESENTATION.
SGT BIN BATTI PROUDLY WEARING G.M.
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Background: On 2nd May, 1963, Shawish Ali bin Batti was in charge of a convoy going from Sharjah to Buraimi.During the night, there are widespread and exceptional storms.At day break on the 3rd May, the convoy moved out of a wadi to higher ground, but two large vehicles became immobilized by the difficult going.
Six British NCO's were attempting to extricate one of the vehicles when a fast running spate of flood water quickly rose to the height of the vehicle cab.
Appreciating the sudden danger of the situation Ali bin Batti, having made fast the end of a rope, waded some twenty yards through a raging torrent with the water up to his neck.He climbed onto the first vehicle and threw the remainder of the rope to the men on the second vehicle.By now both vehicles were almost submerged.But, with the aid of the rope, all men were able to make their way to safety.Immediately afterwards both heavy vehicles were swept away and smashed to pieces.
The six British NCO's undoubtedly owe their lives to the prompt reaction and great bravery of Shawish Ali bin Batti.