Remembering A C B Sowden of Devoran 7 September 1945

Remembering Alfred (A. C.B.) Sowden of Devoran who died on active service 70 years ago in the Far East on 7 September 1945.

We wrote more about him recently on VJ day at: https://devoranwarmemorial.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/remembering-vj-day-70-years-on/ 

Of the Devoran War memorial casualties from WW2, one of them Alfred Claude Brenton Sowden was lost on special operations with SOE Force 136  in the closing stages of the war in the Far East.

Sergeant Alfred Claude Brenton Sowden, 841889, Royal Corps of Signals, awarded B.E.M. (Military), for his SOE service in France July 1944, died on 7 September 1945, aged 27.

Rangoon Memorial to the Missing, Burma. Image Source: CWGC

Rangoon Memorial to the Missing, Burma. Image Source: CWGC

He is remembered on the Rangoon Memorial in Burma to those with no known grave. It is possible he died from wounds or tropical disease. The Rangoon Memorial  bears the names of almost 27,000 men of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaigns in Burma (now Myanmar) and who have no known grave.

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Son of the farm manager at Killiganoon Farm, Alfred Sowden died on 7 September 1945, a few weeks after the war ended on VJ Day.

Plaque in St Eval church his birth parish mentioning A C B Sowden

Plaque in St Eval church Alfred’s birth parish, mentioning ‘A C B Sowden’ (image source: St Issey Folk genealogy website) Alfred’s uncle Samuel Sowden is also listed, a casualty of WW1. 

There is more about his family and St. Eval / St. Issey connections: http://www.st-issey-folk.co.uk/opc/getperson.php?personID=I19545&tree=St_Issey_Folk

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KIlliganoon Farm (rightmove.co.uk website 2015)

The ‘Kohima prayer’ adopted by the Burma Star association http://www.burmastar.org.uk/epitaph.htm is a fitting end to this blog post:

“When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today”

Alfred  also appears on our WW2 section of the Devoran War Memorial life stories.

https://devoranwarmemorial.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/devoran-second-world-war-casualties-s-to-z/ 

World War 2 section, Devoran War Memorial Photo: Mark Norris

World War 2 section, Devoran War Memorial
Photo: Mark Norris

Alfred Sowden , Remembered with thanks 70 years after their death 7 September 1945  in their home village of Devoran,

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One thought on “Remembering A C B Sowden of Devoran 7 September 1945

  1. Jim

    I am trying to locate the family of the late Alfred Sowden lost in Burma on Sept 7th 1945. I have personal information for his family regarding his death. Thank you. Jim

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