ROAST, Stanley Albert

Rank: 
Gunner
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Artillery
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
11268880
Honours & Awards: 
Gnr Stanley Roast MM 1 Commando
Gunner Stanley Roast, from Maryport, Cumberland, was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at Kangaw, Burma [1].
 
Recommendation
On the 31st Jan. 45 at Hill 170 near Kangaw, Gnr. Roast was No.1 on the Bren gun in the foremost weapon pit of his position which was constantly being rushed and grenaded. His No.2 on the gun was wounded early in the action, and two other men who subsequently came in to act as No.2 were either killed or wounded. Gnr. Roast carried on firing on his own in spite of being on the forward slope by himself with a Jap MMG facing him only 20 yards away. He only withdrew when the battle had finished and his position was taken over by relieving Troops. He had fired over seventy magazines. It was largely due to his high sense of duty that the position was not over-run [2].
 
Stanley Albert Roast died in 1974.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 37040, page 2080.
[2] National Archives file WO373/36/55.
 

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