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VC1258    George Albert Cairns

Name   George Albert Cairns    No.      POSTHUMOUS

VC Issue No.   1258   Awards   VC    

Regiment   Somerset (Prince Albert's) Light Infantry attached to the South Staffordshire Regiment

Later    Light Infantry

Now   3rd and 5th Battlions, The Rifles

Rank VC Won    Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Lieutenant

Place Of Birth   Sidcup, Kent, England

Place Of Death   Henu Block, Burma (now Myanmar)

Buried/Location Ashes   Taukkyan War Cemetery, 20 miles north of Rangoon (now Yangon), Burma (now Myanmar)


Date Buried/Cremated   11 April 1991

Headstone   Headstone (CWGC)     Plot/Grave no.   Plot VI, Row A, Grave 5

Gazetted    20 May 1949

VC Presented   26 July 1949, King George VI, Buckingham Palace, London, England


P  Headstone, Taukkyan War Cemetery, 20 miles north of Rangoon (now Yangon), Burma (now Myanmar)

P  Named on War Memorial, A211, Sidcup, Kent

P  Memorial Headstone, St Marys the Virgin Church, Brightstone, Isle of Wight

P  Named on Victoria Cross Memorial, Garrison Church of St George, Whittington Barracks, Lichfield, Staffordshire

P  Named on Chindit Memorial, Embankment Gardens, Westminster, London

P  Memorial Plaque, Somerset Light Infantry Museum, Taunton, Somerset

Memorial Plaque, Fulham College Boys School, Kingwood Road,Fulham, West London

P  Victoria Cross George Cross Memorial, Memorial Gardens, Wandsworth Town Hall, South London

P  Cairns Place, Mitcham, South London

By The Way…

The original VC citation was lost in an air crash, carrying General Wingate, so he was the last VC to be gazetted during the Second World War

VC Held By

Museum of the Staffordshire Regiment, Whittington Barracks, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England



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BORN    12 December 1913

DIED  19 March 1944   AGE    30

VC Won   13 March 1944   AGE   30

Place VC Won   Henu Block, Burma (now Myanmar)

War/Campaign   Second World War

Second World War