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William Donald Meyrick Coningham

Born:Dec 6 1916
Died:Mar 30 1942 (at age 25)In:
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<Private> Coningham
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William Francis Meyrick Coningham
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<Private> Coningham (born Allsop)
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Audrey Sylvia Roche (born Coningham)
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Captain, 2nd btn, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment, Service Number 75262

Wikipedia: 2nd Btn: In the Far East , the 2nd Battalion took part in the rearguard action at the Battle of Sittang Bridge in February 1942 and in the Battle of Paungde in March that year. The plan was to advance and occupy Paungde . The strike force advanced on the 29 March, but had to fight Japanese forces just north-east of their objective in the area of Padigon . The force made some progress in the Paungde area before meeting stiff resistance. Due to their orders not to be cut off, the 2nd 'Dukes' and the 7th Hussars withdrew. A Japanese regiment had crossed the west bank of the Irawaddy River , digging in at Shwedaung , just behind the British strike force. An engagement ensued, with the Indian 17th Infantry Division attacking, the Japanese held the town. The British force suffered heavy casualties in fighting their way through Shwedaung to rejoin the 17th Indian Division.

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