Malvern College Second World War Casualty

Major Arthur Huyshe Yeatman-Biggs

House and time at Malvern: Sch, 1922 - 1926.

Regiment: Green Howards.
Died: 13 May 1944 aged 36 in Burma. Killed in action.
Battle: Burma Campaign 19421945. Cemetery: Taukkyan War Cemetery 6. D. 8.

Son of William Huyshe Yeatman-Biggs and Muriel Barbara Yeatman-Biggs, of Long Hall, Stockton, Wiltshire.
Head of House.
Husband of Katharine Edith Clare Yeatman-Biggs, of Stockton. M.A. (Oxon.).

10th Bn. Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment) attd. 7th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment
Served with the Chindits.

Unit war diary extract:
13 May 1944
At 0420 hrs Coln attacked in bivouac by Jap patrol with ponies estimated 30 strong. Original intention to stay until first light, and then clean up. Japs, however, made excellent use of cover, and as they were inflicting casualties on men and mules, and it was not known whether they were an advance party of a bigger force moving up behind, it was decided to pull out, Main portion of Coln moved down boulder strewn chaung with precipitous sides. It eventually became necessary to leave the chaung. This necessitated off-loading the mules, and ma-handling loads up the side for some 200ft. Japs failed to follow up, probably due to fact that their officer was killed.
Arrived bivouac chaung 775770. Ref maps Burma Map ref 83 P/NE, 83 P/SE.
Killed officers - two (Major Yeatman-Biggs and Lieut Sutton)
Rank and file - six'

Unit war diary WO 172/4900