Horwood, Alec George VC DCM
Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross reads:


(1914 - 1944)

Local Connection:
Born in Deptford

War Service:
Lieutenant. 1st/6th Battalion, Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) attached to 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment.

London Gazetted on 30th March, 1944.
Digest of Citation for the
On 18th January, 1944 at Kyauchaw, Burma, Lieutenant Horwood accompanied a company into action with his forward Mortar observation post. Throughout the day he was in an exposed position and under intense fire, but he came back at night with most valuable information about the enemy. On 19 January he moved forward and established another observation post, directing accurate mortar fire in support of two attacks, and also carrying out personal reconnaissance, deliberately drawing the enemy fire so that their position could be definitely located. On 20th January he volunteered to lead the attack and while doing so was mortally wounded.


Lieutenant Horwood also held the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM).

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the Lewisham-Shopping-Centre-Mural.

He was born on 6 January, 1914 at Deptford and died of his wounds on 20 January, 1944 at Kyauchaw, Burma.

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