(Ronald) William Brown

Memorial: Stoke Gifford

Regiment: Gloucestershire Regiment

Medals: 1939–45 Star, Burma Star, War Medal 1939–1945

Rank and number: Private

Parents: William John and Ada Brown

Home address: Stoke Gifford, Bristol

Date of birth: 1920

Date of death: 23/01/1945

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Taukkyan War Cemetery, Mingaladon, Myanmar and commemorated Stoke Gifford Memorial

Age: 24

Further information:

Mentioned in Despatches January 1946

On 22nd November 1944 William’s Battalion began its assault at Pinwe after a substantial Artillery bombardment of the Japanese positions. An extremely fierce fight followed, during which William was wounded, but Pinwe fell in 6 days. Two months later in January of 1945, the 10th battalion crossed the Irrawaddy River under the command of the Fourteenth Army and were again involved in extremely fierce fighting during which William was killed. This battle led to the final operation that broke the last Japanese resistance in Burma. William was posthumously mentioned in despatches for his actions.
He was initially buried in Mandalay War Cemetery then later reburied at Mingaladon.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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