Taukkyan War Cemetery

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BAKER, Albert

Lance Sergeant Albert Baker DCM  was killed during operations at Kangaw. 
2 years earlier he was awarded the DCM (Immediate)  for gallantry in North Africa whilst a Lance Corporal.

Citation for DCM

HAW, Charles Walter

Mne Haw was killed in an accident whilst the Commando were at Fakir Point near Akyab.

In the book 44RM Commando, Achnacarry to the Arakan, the author states that on the 6th January  "a Marine of 'A' troop was accidently shot and killed as his section prepared to carry out a patrol to the Baronga Islands."

JONES, Jack Garner

Lieutenant Jack Jones was killed during operations at Kangaw. He received a posthumous MiD for gallant and distinguished service.
London Gazettes Supp. 37318, page 5181 and 37338, page 5402 [errata]

KNOWLAND, Lt. George Arthur, VC

Grave of Lieut Knowland VC

Lieutenant George Arthur Knowland was killed during operations at Hill 170, Kangaw. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

Prior to this he was a Sergeant in No 3 Commando and took part in their action at Termoli in 1943. He was commissioned on the 23rd June 1944 and then joined No 1 Commando in the Far East. 

MCCAUGHAN, James Andrew

The details surrounding the death of Sgt McCaughan are not known to us. As the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database states No 3 Commando he has been added to our online ROH,  however that unit was in a different theatre of war at the time. We do not therefore know what unit he was attached to at the time of his death, nor the details of his Commando service.

PETERS, Richard James McGregor

Lieutenant Richard Peters 2 SBS
Lieutenant Richard Peters, 2 SBS was killed in action whilst leading a small reconnaissance operation to gather intelligence from villagers on the strength and disposition of Japanese forces on the other side of a bridge across the River Irrawaddy in the area of Pakkoku-Pagan. He was accompanied by 2 Corporals and an Interpreter.
Unfortunately the inhabitants of one of the huts were armed Japanese inspired Fifth Columnists and in the ensuing firefight Lt Peters was killed.

STOCKWELL, John Neville

Mne Stockwell, 3 Cdo Bde Signal Troop, was killed during operations at Kangaw.

In the Third Jungle Book Issue 9 page 57 at the end of an article on the Brigade Signal Troop (BST) the following is written, "To complete this story of the B.S.T. it is well to remember the BEM and three MiD's that have been awarded the troop, and to deplore the loss in action of an old member - Jack Stockwell. To his wife go the troop's deepest sympathy and sincerest wishes for the future."

THURSBY, John Fortescue

2/Lt Thursby contracted Polio after being posted to the far east with 1 Commando.

In the  Troop Notes for 1 Cdo  Lt. Thursby was in 5 troop with Captain 'Dick' Turpin as their troop captain. Lieut. Thursby's death is mentioned in the "Third Jungle Book" issue No.8 date Sep 1945, in the No.5 Troop Notes section, page 26. - "The sudden passing of Lieut. Thursby was a great blow to the Troop we offer our sincerest condolences to his family on their great loss"

nb. The photo is from the Loretto School ROH.


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