John Russell Alder, Gunner 11052276 Royal Artillery. Born 1923

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Date:1923 - 1944 (c.)

Description:John was born on 27th September 1923 in Portsmouth, Hampshire. In 1941 all men between 20 and 23 years of age had to report to the Employment Exchange in Blackpool Lancashire to register for military service. John, his parents and sister had moved to Blackpool from Portsmouth in 1939 because of bombing. John enlisted into the Royal Artillery on 17th April 1941, he was sent to Scunthorpe for training. John was posted overseas to Burma on 28th May 1942, he was with the British Fourteenth Army, also known as ‘The Forgotten Army’. In July 1944, John was wounded while in action on gun position. He was given immediate medical attention and was quickly evacuated to hospital where he was given skilled surgical care. He lived for some time after treatment but sadly died of wounds on 25th July 1944. John was buried in the Maynamati War Cemetery, Comilla, and is commemorated on the cenotaph in Blackpool. John was awarded the 1939-1943 Star, The Burma Star, The Defence Medal and The War Medal 1939-1945.


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