Edwin Robert Couldrey

830703, Lance Bombardier, No. 8 Commando & Royal Artillery

Missing In Action on the 18th August 1942 aged 27.

Ted was born into a soldiering family in 1916 the youngest son of Catherine Couldrey of Hellards Road. His father had died from his wounds whilst in action during the First World War. Ted was educated at the Stevenage Boys School and later worked at the ESA factory. He joined a local unit of the Territorial Army and later went on to serve with the Royal Artillery as a regular soldier and saw active service in both the North West Frontier of India and in the Middle East. He was preparing to join the South African Police Force when the war broke out and returned to England where he was stationed at Folkestone. Ted was one of the first to volunteer for the Commandos and, after training, was sent to Burma in 1941. In a last letter home he described how he was “going native”, an expression used to explain that he was about to embark on a jungle patrol.

He is believed to have been involved in an operation known as Mission 204. This was a top-secret mission to train Chinese guerrillas to fight the Japanese. The small team of men were located in the mountains with the Chinese guerrillas until September 1942, when the project was abandoned. The troops suffered from malaria, dysentery and typhus which may have been the cause of his death

He has No Known Grave and his name is recorded on the Rangoon Memorial, Burma. (Face 2)

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