3131090 John Lennon, 1 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers: 18/2/43

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Remembering Today

    CWGC - Cemetery Details
    Rank: Fusilier
    Service No: 3131090
    Date of Death: 18/02/1943
    Age: 23
    Regiment/Service: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 1st Bn.
    Panel Reference: Face 11.
    Additional Information: Son of A. and Sarah Lennon, of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
  2. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    From Official History "War Against Japan Volume II":

    After the failure on both sides of the Mayu River early in February, Lloyd had realized that he had to make a supreme effort to break through at Donbaik as quickly as he could so that the coastal track, already completed to a point some two miles north of Donbaik, could reach Foul Point in time to enable 6th Brigade to assault Akyab before the bad weather set in. Assuming that superiority in numbers and fire power would enable him to overcome Japanese resistance on a narrow front, he ordered 55th Brigade to renew the attack on the 18th February, using four battalions (1/7th Rajput, 1/17th Dogra, 2/1st Punjab and 1st Inniskillings) supported by all the available artillery.

    the attack was launched frontally by two battalions at 4.30 a.m. on the 18th, under cover of a timed artillery barrage. the 1st Inniskillings on the right occupied F.D.L. Chaung from the coast to M.17 and infiltrated into the Wooded Village area, but 2/1st Punjab on the left was held up by Japanese posts in M.18, M.16, S.4 and S.5, and suffered about one hundred and thirty casualties. During the day, the enemy infiltrated westward down F.D.L. Chaung and reoccupied M.17. A second attack at 1 p.m. by the reserve battalion (1/7th Rajput), under cover of heavy artillery concentrations on S.4 and S.5, also failed. By evening all the attacking troops were back in their former positions and the day ended without any territorial gain. The 1/17th Dogra holding the left flank in the foothills had not been involved.
  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Great info as always sol, thank you.

    :poppy: Fusilier Lennon.

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