George Sandbach


By Albert Williams – A4


Private George Sandbach.

This booklet includes a large number of extracts from letters written to his mother, Ada, though some were written to other family and friends during World War Two. These letters give glimpses into George’s life both before and after enlistment in the Army.

George was called up to join the army on the 3rd March 1940 and served initially with the South Lancashire Regiment. For the next two years George moved around Britain. By late 1940 he was serving in the King’s Regiment and based in Felixstowe, before moving to Gloucestershire, Knaresborough, then, finally in February 1942, Goole.

By November 1942, George was back with the South Lancashire Regiment in India, where he stayed until a transfer to the 1st Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry on the 3rd of March 1944. Just four days later George’s platoon came under fire from Japanese machine guns, killing George and wounding another man. Two attempts were made to recover the body without success and today George Sandbach, along with 27,000 others who died in Burma, has no known grave.

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