hero has his name added to war memorial
15 October 2004
name of a March war hero is to be added to the town's
war memorial, almost 60 years after he died of injuries
the Japanese in Burma.
Partridge had won the Distinguished Conduct Medal for
gallantry in action only a few weeks previously.
name is commemorated on the war memorial inside Peterborough
Cathedral, but not on the memorial in his home town. Fenland
District Council is now about to remedy that oversight.
Partridge, born at March in 1909, enlisted aged 19 into
the Royal Norfolk Regiment and in 1940 was one of the
338,000 troops evacuated from the Dunkirk beaches.
show he also served in India from 1929 to 1936, in Palestine
in 1936 and in India and Burma from 1942 to 1945. He was
promoted to lance corporal in May 1941 and became a company
sergeant major in 1944.
February 1945, during the 2nd Battalion's assault on the
village of Saye, his company ran into a strongly entrenched
machine gun post. An individual attempt by CSM Partridge
to cross the ridge failed because his Sten gun jammed.
But he went back and signalled to two tanks to cover him
in his second attempt. When they were in position he charged
again with rifle and bayonet, killing the Japanese in
Japanese were killed. CSM Partridge's battalion's casualties
were in single figures.
his gallantry he was recommended for the award of the
military medal, but his divisional commander upgraded
it to the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
than two months later, CSM Partridge was again in action
in Burma, and was wounded during hand-to-hand fighting
with the Japanese. He died next day and is buried in Taukkan
War Cemetery, Burma.
July this year, his only son, Norman Partridge, applied
to Fenland District Council for his father's name to be
added to the March town memorial. After research, led
by Brian Krill, field officer for the friends of War Memorials,
the council has confirmed that, subject to listed building
consent being granted, the words 'Partridge P A DCM' will
be added to the memorial.
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