EDWARDS, Vincent

No.PO/X 121963, Marine, Vincent EDWARDS
Aged 20

44 Commando, Royal Marines
Killed in Action on Monday, 25th January 1945

Vincent Edwards was born in Soham on 18th October 1924 (Newmarket Q4-1924 3B:673), baptised in Soham on 12th November 1924, son of George Lewis and Sarah Ann EDWARDS (née PALMER), of East Fen Common, Soham.

In the 1939 register, at East Fen Common were his mother, Sarah A [3-1-1891] brothers Peter [6-3-1920] and Oliver [29-4-1922] both farm labourers, and sister Myrtle [2-4-1936] later Mrs DAVIS. There are 2 closed records, his father has not been identified in the register

From http://www.royalmarinesonline.com/44-commando-royal-marines.php

Burma Operations January 1945 - the Battle of Kangaw (Hill 170) in the NW Burmese state of the Arakan when 3 Commando Brigade blocked the Japanese escape route to Rangoon.
The 3rd Commando Brigade were given the task of assaulting the Arakan Peninsula at Myebon. Here they were to take and hold the dominant features of the southern Chin Hills. If they could achieve this, they would cut off the supply and escape routes of the Japanese to Rangoon and secure the bridgehead. The battle for Hill 170 was the crisis of the Arakan operations, and its outcome broke the spirit of the Japanese 54th Division. Had the commandos' positions fallen, this would have endangered all the Allied units that had been landed on the Myebon Peninsula.

Vincent Edwards is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, panel 90, column 1

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