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In the Footsteps of a Hero

Remembrance – Not Everyone Died in Action

To consider a different aspect of wartime Britain, and serving in the Royal Air Force, let us remember 967947 Aircraftman 1st Class Arthur GREEN of No. 172 Squadron, based at R.A.F. Chivenor. On 8 January 1943, while cycling back to R.A.F. Chivenor from a dance at Ilfracombe with four friends, he was thrown from his cycle and received injuries.  He did not report sick until the following morning, and stated that he had mistaken his front brake for his back, and had suddenly applied the front brake and gone over the handlebars.  He had had nothing to drink and was not unconcious, and slept in his hut overnight. He was admitted to the Station Sick Quarters at R.A.F. Chivenor on 9 January with a fractured nasal bone and fractured skull.

His condition worsened, and he was transferred to the North Devon Infirmary (N.D.I.) at Barnstaple at 08.00 hours on 10 January. The next day, the N.D.I. requested he be transferred to the Royal Naval Hospital, Sherborne, Dorset, where he died at 18.00 hours, a few hours after admission. His next of kin were with him when he died. The C.W.G.C. show him as a Leading Aircraftman, the son of James and Ella GREEN of Birkdale, Southport. He was 26 years’ of age, and married to Eva Ruth GREEN of Haskayne. He is buried in Sec. C., Grave 2 of the Birkdale Cemetery, Lancashire.

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Video Rededication of War Memorial

The ceremony on Saturday 13 April 2013 to rededicate the war memorial at Torrington following the addition of the M.C. awarded to Major David WALKER. His surviving brother, Ken, attended with his family and it was a privilege to see them all. For more information and a biography of the brothers, contact the webmaster.

Released April 17, 2013

The Burma Boy

Here is a fascinating story told in video. I hope, like me, you find it moving.

In December 1941, the Japanese invasion of Burma (now Myanmar) opened what would be the longest land campaign fought by the British in the Second World War. It began with defeat and retreat for Britain, as Rangoon fell to the Japanese in March 1942. But the fighting went on, over a varied terrain of jungles, mountains, plains and wide rivers, until the Japanese forces surrendered in August 1945.

Some 100,000 African soldiers were taken from British colonies to fight in the jungles of Burma against the Japanese. They performed heroically in one of the most brutal theatres of war, yet their contribution has been largely ignored, both in Britain and their now independent home countries.

In the villages of Nigeria and Ghana, these veterans are known as ‘the Burma Boys’. They brought back terrifying tales from faraway lands. Few survived, even fewer are alive today.

Al Jazeera’s Barnaby Phillips travels to Nigeria, Burma and Japan to find a Nigerian veteran of the war and to talk to those who fought alongside him as well as against him. He even finds the family that saved the life of the wounded veteran in the jungles of Myanmar.

Source: content and video courtesy of Barnaby Phillips and Al Jazeera English.

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