Din, Fazal b. July 1, 1921 d. March 2, 1945 World War II Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Naik in the 10th Baluchi Regiment, Indian Army. At Meiktila, Burma, March 2, 1945, Naik Din's unit was held up by fire from enemy bunkers. He personally attacked the nearest bunker, silenced it, then led his men against the other. Suddenly a group of Japanese, led by two officers wielding swords rushed out and Naik Din was run through the chest by one of them. As the sword was withdrawn, Naik Din wrested it from the hands of the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Rangoon Memorial, Rangoon, Yangon, Burma
Horwood, Alec George b. January 6, 1914 d. January 20, 1944 World War II Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Lieutenant in the Queen's Royal Regiment, 1st Battalion, Northampshire Regiment. At Kyauchaw, Burma, on January 18, 1944, Lieutenant Horwood led a company into action with his forward mortar observation post. Throughout the day he was in an exposed position, under intense fire, but left to report most valuable information about the enemy and returned back at night to his unit. On January 19, he moved forward, established another...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Rangoon Memorial, Rangoon, Yangon, Burma
Seagrim, Maj. Hugh Paul 'Grandfather Longlegs' b. March 24, 1909 d. September 14, 1944 Casualty of WWII,and recipient of the George Cross [the highest British and Commonwealth gallantry award for military personnel in actions which are not in the face of the enemy]. He was educated at the King Edward VI School in Norwich, the school attended by Admiral, Lord Nelson. He had ambitions to be a doctor or a Church Missionary but after his father died in 1927, there were insufficient funds for a university course.He was the youngest of five sons all of whom had careers in the armed...[Read More] (Bio by: CWGC/ABMC) Rangoon War Cemetery, Rangoon, Yangon, Burma Plot: 4. A. Collective Grave 13-20.
Shah, Sher b. February 14, 1917 d. January 20, 1945 World War II Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Lance-Naik in the 16th Punjab Regiment, Indian Army. At Burma on the night January 19, 1945, Lance-Naik Shah was in command of forward section of his platoon when a Japanese platoon attacked. Realizing that overwhelming numbers would destroy his section, he stalked the enemy from their rear, killed the platoon commander with six other Japanese and forced their withdrawal. In the early morning hours of January 20, the Japanese in force...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Rangoon Memorial, Rangoon, Yangon, Burma
Singh, Parkash b. April 1, 1913 d. February 17, 1945 World War II Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Jemadar, in the 14th Battalion, 13th Frontier Force Rifles, Indian Army. On February 17, 1945, Jemadar Singh was commanding a platoon that took the main attacks from Japanese forces at Kanlan Ywathit, Burma. He was wounded in both legs and relieved of his command, but when his second-in-command was also wounded, he took command again. Directing operations and encouraging his men, he was again wounded. He continued to direct the defense...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Rangoon Memorial, Rangoon, Yangon, Burma
Singh, Ram Swarup b. April 12, 1919 d. October 25, 1944 World War II Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Subadar in the 1st Punjab Regiment, Indian Army. At the Tiddim area, Burma, October 25, 1944, two platoons were ordered to attack a strong Japanese position. The platoon commanded by Subadar Singh attained its objective and although the Subadar Singu was wounded in both legs he insisted on carrying on. Later, the enemy's counter-attack was halted by Subadar Singh's dashing counter charge in which he killed four of the enemy himself. He...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Rangoon Memorial, Rangoon, Yangon, Burma
Thant, U b. January 22, 1909 d. November 25, 1974 United Nations (UN) Secretary-General. He served in this position from November 1961 until December 1971 and was selected for the post when his predecessor, Dag Hammarskjold, died in a plane crash in September 1961. He is probably best remembered for facilitating the negotiations between US President John F. Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis, thereby narrowly averting the possibility of a major global catastrophe. Born in Pantanaw, British Burma...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Rangoon University Student Union, Rangoon, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Thapa, Netra Bahadur [memorial] b. January 8, 1916 d. June 26, 1944 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Nepal, South Asia, he served as an acting Subedar in the 2nd Battalion, 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army of the British Troops. During the Burma Campaign, on the dates June 25-26, 1944, acting Subedar Thapa was in command of a small isolated hill post at Bishenpur, India, when the Japanese attacked in force. He inspired his men, held the ground and the enemy were beaten off, but had many causalities and he requested reinforcements. When the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Rangoon Memorial, Rangoon, Yangon, Burma Plot: No known grave; name is listed on Face 63