Jelley, Herbert Leonard

Herbert Leonard 

Jelley

1921 - 1944
Aged23
Rank Gunner
Service no.11411002
Regiment 67 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
Born March 27, 1921
DiedSeptember 6, 1944

About

About
Herbert Leonard
Jelley

Gateway School 1932-37.

Son of James and Evelyn Jelley.

Gunner Jelley died during the fighting against Japanese forces in Burma. He is buried in Imphal War Cemetery, India, Grave 2. D. 8.

67 H A-A Regiment Royal Artillery was part of Lieutenant General Slim’s 14th Army.

History Information

The easiest route from Burma (now Myanmar) to India is through Imphal into Assam and after the invasion of Burma, Imphal became a focal point in the defence of India against the Japanese. Early in 1942, as the Japanese approached Rangoon, a very large proportion of its Indian population fled from the city to India, many of them to Upper Burma and so by Chindwin tracks to Assam. In May of that year, Commonwealth forces followed the same route on their retreat to India. In their wake came still more civilian refugees, many of whom died on the arduous journey under ceaseless heavy rain, without transport and food. Of the 400,000 civilians who fled to India about 140,000 passed through Imphal into Assam. The defence of India and the retention of a position from which Burma could be re-entered now became of primary importance. The 23rd Indian Division was formed in Manipur State, new airfields were constructed there, and army and air force reinforcements arrived. Eventually there was a considerable concentration of Commonwealth fighting forces in the Imphal area and from November 1944 onwards, No. 38 General Hospital was posted there. Strategically well placed for attacks on the lines of communication by railway, road and river which were vital for the maintenance of all Allied operations in Burma, Imphal with its airfields was a main objective when the Japanese made their thrust towards India in the spring of 1944. There was severe fighting in the surrounding hills and on the outskirts of the plain and the Japanese succeeded in cutting a long section of the Imphal-Kohima road and holding it for over three months. The Fourteenth Army held on grimly, inflicting heavy punishment on the Japanese. Of all the battles on this frontier of India the siege of Imphal and its relief in the summer of 1944 rank next in importance to the Battle of Kohima. There were originally some 950 burials in Imphal War Cemetery, but after hostilities had ceased, the Army Graves Service brought n graves from two smaller cemeteries in Imphal and from isolated positions in the surrounding region. The cemetery now contains 1,600 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War. He is also commemorated on Curzon Street Primitive Methodist Church memorial which is now in Uppingham Rd. Methodist Church.

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