A Collection of Medals to recipients of the Burma Star

Date of Auction: 17th February 2021

Sold for £75

Estimate: £80 - £120

Three: Private T. House, South Wales Borderers, who died of illness on the Burmese border on 30 November 1944

1939-45 Star; Burma Star; War Medal 1939-45, with named Army Council enclosure, in card box of issue addressed to ‘Mrs. F. House, 19 Rosemary Road, Parkstone, Dorset’, extremely fine (3) £80-£120


Thomas House attested for the South Wales Borderers and served with the 6th Battalion during the Second World War in Burma. The 6th Battalion, the only battalion of the regiment to serve in the Far East, was raised in 1940, reached Bombay in December 1942, and participated in operations with the 36th (British) Division in the Arakan from February to May 1944, then in North Burma, on the Ledo Road, from July 1944 onwards. The battalion was flown into Myitkina and took part in the advance to Mogaung, then onwards up the “Railway Corridor” seeing severe action during the next six months.

Succumbing to illness, undoubtedly having experienced much hard action, House was evacuated to the hospital at Digboi, in the north-east corner of Assam near the Burmese border on the Ledo Road. He died there on 30 November 1944, and is buried in Digboi War Cemetery, Assam, India.

His medals were sent to his mother, Mrs. Frank House, of Dorset.