Knowlands, George Arthur VC
Victoria Cross

(1922 - 1945)

Local Connection:
Born in Lewisham Hospital and lived at 17 Fransfield Grove, Sydenham

War Service:
Lieutenant The Royal Norfolk Regiment. attached No 1 Commando Unit.
London Gazetted on 12th April 1945
Digest of Citation for the Victoria Cross reads:
On 31 January 1945 at Kangaw, Burma, Lieutenant Knowland was in command of a forward platoon of a troop which was being heavily attacked; some 300 of the enemy concentrating on his 24 men. When all the crew of one of his Bren-Guns had been wounded, the lieutenant manned it himself, standing up to fire at 10 yards range, until the casualties had been evacuated. For 12 hours he held his ground until he was eventually mortally wounded.


A fuller account states, that when reinforcements arrived, he then took over a 2 inch mortar and fired it from the hip, a most unusual thing to do mainly because of the powerful recoil. He was protecting supplies being landed on the banks of the Myitka River. It gave the men around him inspiration as he stood in full view of every soldier involved, including the Japanese.

He is buried and remembered in Taukkyan War Cemetery in Burma.

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

He was born 16 August 1922 at Catford and was killed in action 31 January 1945 at Kangaw, Burma.

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