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