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Roland Gower

Roland was a gunner in the Royal Artillery in the 99 (the Royal Bucks Yeomanry) Field Regiment. He died, aged 20, sometime between the 24th and 27th May 1940. He is buried in Merville Communal Cemetery Extension in Northern France.

The river Lys was the southern end of a deep but narrow area held by British forces at the end of May 1940. Merville is on the territory over which were fought desperate rearguard actions during the withdrawal of the British Expeditionary Force to the coast, for evacuation from Dunkirk. His listing with the CWGC can be found here.