LieutenantKNOWLAND, GEORGE ARTHUR

Service Number 323566

Died 31/01/1945

Aged 22

Royal Norfolk Regiment

and No. 1
Commando

V C

Son of Arthur Philip and Mary Elizabeth Knowland, of Catford, London; husband of Ruby Knowland.

Inscription

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN" EVER REMEMBERED WITH LOVE AND PRIDE BY HIS FAMILY

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of April 10th, 1945

In Burma on 31st January 1945, near Kangaw, Lieutenant Knowland was commanding a forward platoon subject to very heavy attacks throughout the whole day. In spite of the ferocity of the attacks he moved about encouraging his men and throwing grenades at the enemy, often from completely exposed positions. When the crew of one of his forward bren guns had been wounded, he manned the gun himself, standing on the top of the trench firing and keeping the enemy at a distance until another crew took over. Later he took over a 2-inch mortar and in spite of heavy enemy fire stood in the open firing from the hip, inflicting heavy casualties. When all bombs had been expended he continued to fight the enemy at close quarters with rifle and tommy-gun fire, stemming the assault and killing and wounding many of the enemy, until he himself was mortally wounded. Such was the inspiration of his magnificent heroism, that, though fourteen out of twenty-four of his platoon became casualties at an early stage, and six of his positions were overrun by the enemy, his men held on through twelve hours of continuous and fierce fighting until re-inforcements arrived. If this Northern end of the hill had fallen, the rest of the hill would have been endangered, the beach-head dominated by the enemy, and other units farther inland cut off from their source of supplies. As it was, the final successful counter-attack was later launched from the vital ground which Lieutenant Knowland had taken such a gallant part in holding.

Buried at TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY

Location: Myanmar
Number of casualties: 5580

Cemetery/memorial reference: 11. J. 1.

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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.