Lieut. George Albert Cairns V.C.
Next to the gate on the north west corner of St. Mary’s churchyard Brighstone, Isle of Wight, stands a memorial to Lieut. George Albert Cairns, V.C.
Lieut. Cairns, a 30 year old former bank official from Morden, Surrey, was killed in Burma (Myanmar) in 1944 and was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1949 - for the citation see the London Gazette 20 May 1949.
Lieut. Cairns is buried in the Taukkyan War Cemetery in Myanmar – CWGC record. The memorial in Brighstone churchyard reads:
By 1962 his parents (Albert & Rose Cairns) had retired from Morden, Surrey to Brighstone and, not being able to visit his grave in Myanmar, wished for a local memorial.
The memorial was dedicated on 9th September 1962 by the Bishop of Portsmouth (the Rt. Rev. J. H. L. Phillips), assisted by the Brighstone rector, (Rev. R. H. Charlton.) As well as family members, representatives from a number of local branches of the British Legion, other organisations and the officer commanding the Somerset Light Infantry attended the ceremony.
Later the memorial had to be repositioned when the wall was reposition after the line of the road was changed.
- 1939 Register
- Isle of Wight County Press - 15 September 1962
- Isle of Wight County Press - 16 August 1991