Lt Knowland was a section leader in No 4 troop who were defending the north end of this crucial ground on Hill 170 near Kangaw.
The troop who were effectively cut off by the enemy came under a mass infantry attack of about 500 Japanese. Knowland responded by rallying his men and he himself attacking the enemy with all manner of weapons including a two inch mortar which he fired from the hip. When his Bren gun team became victims he took over the weapon calling for more ammunition. Time and again Lt Knowland's troop repulsed the ever increasing attacks until late in the battle Lt Knowland fell mortally wounded. His magnificent courage had inspired his men to hold fast and the crucial ground remained in the possession of the commando?s. This action secured the bridgehead and proved to be the critical point in the Arakan campaign. Lt Knowland is buried in the Taukkyan War Cemetery Burma.
The CVA celebrate the short life and magnificent heroism of Lt George Knowland VC at Elmwood School in Croyden, where he was a former pupil, each year in January. We are usually joined by George's sister Brenda, the Mayor of Croyden, many wartime Commando Veterans as well as many families and friends. Following our short service of remembrance, presentations are made to the children of Year 6 who then join is in a good old sing song. A buffet is provided. Anyone interested in joining us please contact the Secretary.
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