George Stephen Manuel

             George Manual

            Royal Norfolk Regiment

           Nigeria Regiment WAFF

 

Lieutenant The Royal Norfolk Regiment

attached 12th Battalion Nigeria Regiment (WAFF)

Service No: 228382

Killed in Action 18 April 1944 in Burma aged 22

George went to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1942 after which he joined the Royal Norfolk Regiment. In September 1942 he was seconded to the 12th Battalion Nigeria Regiment, West African Frontier Force (WAFF).

His unit went out to Burma, for operations behind Japanese lines with the Chindits.  His commanding officer wrote that George was killed instantly, shot through the head when helping to get some wounded men out of a tight corner.  He saw all the wounded carried away before he was killed.

He is commemorated in Plot 6, Row A, Grave 23, Taukkyan War Cemetery, Rangoon, Burma. George was awarded the following medals: the 1939-45 Star and War Medal 1939-45.

 

 



Background Information

George was the son of Stephen and Zoe Manuel of Woodbridge, Suffolk. He was at Winchester for a short time before going to Gordonstoun, where he played Macbeth in an early production on the south lawn. He also played rugby and cricket for the school. After leaving Gordonstoun he went to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he gained hockey colours in his first term.


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