William Charles Bond

Memorial: Mangotsfield - St James Place

Regiment: South Wales Borderers

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

Rank and number: Private

Parents: Walter George and Sarah Bond

Home address: 2 White Hart Lane, Marshfield

Pre-war occupation: Carpenter

Date of birth: 1915

Date of death: 05/08/1944

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar and commemorated on Marshfield new Cenotaph

Age: 28

Further information:

William’s father predeceased him so on the outbreak of war William was living with his widowed mother.

William’s battalion fought in the Burma Campaign, arriving on 20th March to fight and liberate Arakan from the Japanese. At the beginning of July, the battalion began a 9-month march, the first 100 miles of which lay down the railway which ran along a narrow corridor in thick jungle, in one of the worlds wettest and most unhealthy areas. William died at the beginning of August on the first day of the battle of Sahmaw Chaung, the purpose of which was to seize a river crossing point from the Japanese. Although the battle achieved its aim, it cost the battalion the lives of 4 officers, 17 other ranks, including William, and left 58 others wounded. Before he died William had been made up to Sergeant.

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

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