William Henry Hackett
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Killed in action on Boxing Day Tuesday 26th December 1944 aged 28.
William was posted to C Company, 15 Platoon, 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment.
His Commanding Officer was Major. Dickson. He was killed in a Japanese ambush to the north of Leiktu, Burma.
In late 1944 the Japanese fought an excellent rear-guard action particularly near Leiktu Village which was the largest met by the advancing British Army. Constructed for an all-around defence, this oblong perimeter sprawled along the edge of a dry stream bed running east and west, and encompassed the stream crossing of the north-south road to Shwebo.
William has no known grave and is commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial.
The Rangoon Memorial commemorates nearly 27,000 Land Forces of the British Empire who died during the campaigns in Burma and who have no known grave.
Far Laund, Belper
Born on Saturday 21st October 1916 William was the son of Harry Hackett and Sarah Winifred Hackett (nee Sherratt), of Belper they were married in October 1915.
Williams father Private 69370 Harry Hackett of the 115th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds at the 2nd Main Corp Dressing Station on Friday 7th December 1917 aged 28.
His mother Sarah Winifred Hackett remarried in June 1921 to Samuel Wilfred Stevens although William kept his father's name. His mother died in 1969 aged 76.
Before the war William was a Bobbin Stores Labourer.
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