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William Basil Weston VC

William Basil Weston VC

(3 January 1924 – 3 March 1945) was awarded the VC for his actions during the attack on Meiktila, Burma, on 3rd March 1945.

William Basil Weston was 21 years old, and a lieutenant[1] in the Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own Yorkshire Regiment),[2]British Army, attached to 1st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 3 March 1945 during the attack on Meiktila, Burma, Lieutenant Weston was commanding a platoon which, together with the rest of the company, had to clear an area of the town of the enemy. In the face of fanatical opposition he led his men superbly, encouraging them from one bunker position to the next. When he came to the last, particularly well-defended bunker, he fell wounded in the entrance. Knowing that his men would not be able to capture the position without heavy casualties he pulled the pin out of one of his grenades as he lay on the ground and deliberately blew himself up with the occupants of the bunker.[3]

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