LieutenantWESTON, WILLIAM BASIL

Service Number 311376

Died 03/03/1945

Aged 21

Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment)

attd. 1st Bn.
West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

V C

Son of William Arthur and Rose Weston; nephew of Esther Hathaway, of Dalton-in-Furness. Lancashire.

Inscription

SISTITE PAULISPER VIATORES. ET PRO ANIMA MEA ORATE

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of May 11th, 1945

In Burma, on 3rd March, 1945, during the battalion's attack on the town of Meiktila, this officer commanded one of the two platoons leading the attack. Fire was heavy from guns and light automatics situated in well bunkered positions and concrete emplacements. The fighting throughout the day was at very close quarters and at times was hand-to-hand. With magnificent bravery Lieutenant Weston inspired the men of his platoon to superb achievements. Without thought of his own safety he personally led his men into position after position, exterminating the enemy. Throughout, the leadership was superb, encouraging his platoon to the same fanatical zest as was shown by the enemy.

Buried at TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY

Location: Myanmar
Number of casualties: 5580

Cemetery/memorial reference: 20. A. 7.

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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.