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Rajput Regiment


Ronald Edmund Cowell


Born 5th May 1918

 7th Rajput Regiment

 3rd Battalion




Joined the Regiment in March 1940.

Was commissioned on 21 June, 1940.

The 3rd Battalion shipped by convoy to Egypt in August and September 1940. Their convoy was attacked several times by Italian bombers operating out of  Ethiopia. The Battalion  Bren guns were deployed for air defense and on one occasion are believed to have brought down an Italian aircraft. The Battalion was at Suez and Egypt and was sent to defend  Cyprus after the German attack on  Crete as part of  Indian 5th Infantry Division's 161 Indian Infantry Brigade. Here, they were mainly used in an anti-parachute role, supported by elements of Australian armour. Later, they returned to Egypt and participated in fierce fighting around  Deir el Shein and  Ruweisat Ridge including a particularly difficult offensive on 21/22 July 1942 where they lost many casualties including the CO. Later in the year they participated in the Second Battle of El Alamein.

Discharged in April 1946



5th October 2011


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