DYSON, Leslie

No.5831761, Corporal, Leslie James DYSON
Aged 29

1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed in Action on Friday, 2nd June 1944

Leslie James Dyson was born in Clare on 29th September 1914 (Risbridge Q4-1914 4A:1660), son of George and Esther DYSON (née CLARKE).

He married Ella WEBB (26 Jan 1912) in Clare in Q4-1937 and in the 1939 register the were living at 16 Mill Road Clare and Leslie was a grocery and provisions assistant.

Operation "Thursday" was the second Chindit operation, under General Orde Wingate, columns of men on foot behind enemy lines in Burma (now Myanmar)

77th (Indian) Infantry Brigade nicknamed EMPHASIS was under the command of Brigadier J Michael ('Mad' Mike) Calvert DSO.. EMPHASIS comprised : - 3rd Bn 6th Gurkha Rifles: 36 and 63 columns - 1st Bn The King's Regiment: 81 and 82 columns - 1st Bn The Lancashire Fusiliers: 20 and 50 columns - 1st Bn The South Staffordshire Regiment: 38 and 80 columns - 3rd Bn 9th Gurkha Rifles: 57 and 93 columns.

The Battalion CO was Lt-Col. G. P. Richards MC. The Battalion formed two columns; 38 under Lt-Col Richards, and after his death, Major W A Cole MC, and 80 column under Major, later Col. R Degg. The battalion was flown into the Broadway landing ground at the beginning of March, 1944 and moved to White City mid March, marching out on 30 March. The columns were combined in mid May. The Brigade was in the vicinity of Mogaung by 1st June

Leslie was initially buried in grave 8:D:1 in Sahmaw War Cemetery (Christian) and reburied in Taukkyan on 30th July 1954

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Leslie Dyson is now buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar grave 14:D:18

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