LieutenantCAIRNS, GEORGE ALBERT

Service Number 198186

Died 19/03/1944

Aged 30

Somerset Light Infantry

attd. (Airborne)
South Staffordshire Regiment

V C

Son of Albert Henry and Rose Sophia Cairns; husband of Ena Kathleen Cairns, of Sidcup, Kent. Served with the "Chindits.".

Inscription

THERE'S SOME CORNER OF A FOREIGN FIELD THAT IS FOR EVER ENGLAND

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of September 4th, 1945

At Henu, near Broadway (Burma) on March 12th, 1944, the South Staffordshire Regiment, which formed a part of the 77th Independent Infantry Brigade, together with the 3rd/6th Gurkha Rifles established a road and rail block across the Japanese lines of communication. The following morning the Japanese counter-attacked heavily, and the South Staffordshire Regiment were ordered to attack a hill-top which formed the basis of the Japanese assault. During this action a Japanese officer attacked Lt. Cairns, and with his sword hacked off his left arm. Lt. Cairns killed this officer, picked up the sword and with it killed or wounded several Japanese, still at the head of his men, before he himself fell to the ground. He subsequently died from his wounds. His action so inspired all his comrades that later the Japanese were completely routed, a very rare occurrence at that time.

Buried at TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY

Location: Myanmar
Number of casualties: 5580

Cemetery/memorial reference: 6. A. 4.

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Cemetery details

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.