44th Regiment at Gundamuck
In 1841 the 44th was in Kabul where uprising endangered the garrison. Constantly attacked, without shelter or food, the force waded in deep snow through narrow passes for four days trying to reach Jellalabad. As rear guard, a stand was made by 20 men at Gundamuck . Lieutenant Thomas Souter tore the Regimental Colour from its pike and wrapped it round his body. The Afghans saw the silk and thought it the waistcoat of a person of high rank suitable for ransom
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Headstone of Flight-Lieutenant David Lord, VC
David Lord is buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery at Oosterbeek. He had spent five years, mostly in India with 31 Squadron, notably supplying Orde Wingate's Chindits force behind enemy lines in Burma, for which he was awarded the DFC in July 1943. He moved to 271 Squadron at Down Ampney in January 1944 and with them took part in the D-Day operation and then on to supplying the surrounded British paratroopers at Oosterbeek during Operation Market Garden. Flying Dakota KG 374 he knew that to have a chance for his much needed supplies to reach the troops surrounded in the grounds of the Hartenstein Hotel he had to drop to 900 feet before releasing his cargo. On the approach at 1,500 feet on 19th September his aircraft was both hit and set on fire. His Citation continues the story - Flt. Lt. Lord would have been justified in withdrawing or even in abandoning his aircraft, but knowing that the supplies were desperately needed he continued on his course. Twice going down to 900 feet under very intense fire, he successfully dropped his containers. His task completed he ordered his crew to abandon the aircraft, making no attempt to leave himself. A few seconds later the aircraft fell in flames, only one of the crew surviving.... Flt.Lieut. Lord displayed supreme valour and self-sacrifice'.
Headstone Major Gus March-Phillips, St Laurent sur Mer
The grave is in the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. March-Phillips commanded a Small Scale Landing Force that came ashore here in a Commando operation named Aquatint on 12 September 1942. As the small team landed they came under fire and the engine of the Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) that had brought them was damaged and thus unable to take them off. Monitoring of German radio uncovered the fact that March-Phillips drowned while trying to swim out to the MTB. Sergeant A. Williams and Private R. Leonard were shot by the Germans on 13 September. They too lie in the churchyard. Date: 2009
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