Monday, January 12, 2009

"After all these years ..."

Lance Corporal Patrick McCarron, 2nd Bn Royal Berks Regt
Died in Burma, 1945
(McCarron family photograph)

Lance Corporal Patrick McCarron (known as 'Paddy') lost his life during WW2 at the age of 27 while serving with the 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment in the Far East. Paddy died in the last year of the war, on 28 January 1945, and is buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery (Grave Ref: 26.C.20). Paddy McCarron came from the West Cumbrian town of Cleator Moor and originally signed up to serve with the Border Regiment, the local Regiment for his home area. His service number was 3601780.

In front of the War Memorial at Cleator Moor on Remembrance Sunday 2008 I met Lance Corporal McCarron's brother. Mr McCarron told me he attends the Remembrance Sunday memorial service each year and remembers not only his brother Paddy but other people he remembers from the Cleator Moor area who gave their lives during WW2.

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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Additional information

Patrick McCarron was born at Cleator Moor, Cumberland on 27 October 1917. His parents were Nicholas McCarron and Isabella McCarron (née Cullen). On 4 November 1917, Patrick McCarron was baptised at St Mary's R.C. Catholic Church, Cleator by the Parish Priest Father F.C. Clayton O.S.B. Patrick's Godparents were William Cullen and Esther Donaldson.

Father Clayton was to serve as the Parish Priest to the Roman Catholic Mission at Cleator for many years, becoming well known throughout the district. In the St Mary's Parish Registers, Father Clayton recorded Patrick McCarron had been ‘Confirmed’ on 13 June 1926 and that he had lost his life in Burma on 28 January 1945. Father Clayton was still the Parish Priest at that time would undoubtedly have visited Patrick's family and helped them at a time of great sorrow.

Mr McCarron has kindly given me a photograph of his brother Paddy so that it can be added to the growing archive of information about the townsfolk whose names are listed on the Cleator Moor Roll of Honour. Paddy McCarron died during WW2, and even after all these years his sacrifice is still remembered:

Taukkyan War Cemetery is the largest of the three war cemeteries in the country known as Burma during the Second World War (now Myanmar). Many of the graves were brought to this cemetery from four main battlefield sites elsewhere in the country, where access was difficult and they could not be maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

The Burma Star Association uses the following epitaph, also found on the Kohima Epitaph, in memory of all those who lost their lives in Burma during WW2:

"When you go home,
Tell them of us and say:
For their Tomorrow,
We gave our Today".

Monday, 12 January, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have published a list of old WW2 Movies. They might be interesting for you.All of them are availible as Stream in high quality.

This videos are in the public Domain.

Tuesday, 13 January, 2009  
Anonymous Vic said...


I am tracing the footsteps of the 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, link to website below; you may find the information I have of interest to you.

Would you be kind enough to allow me the honour of using the image of Patrick McCarron to replace the China Dragon that stands in its place? Contact details can be obtained from my website.

Also, Patrick McCarron is listed on the roll of honour in this book.

The history of the Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's), 1920-1947.

Thanking you in advance,


Sunday, 07 June, 2009  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

I have sent a copy of the photograph and a short contribution to commemorate L/Cpl Paddy McCarron to your website, Vic. Good luck with the project. It is very worthwhile, particularly for those who belonged to a largely 'forgotten army' of WW2.

Tuesday, 11 August, 2009  

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