Lieutenant Basil Weston, VC

Lieutenant Basil Weston, VCOn 3rd 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 together with the occupants of the bunker.