Private George Paktsun was a Sri Lankan soldier of the British Army who died during the First World War.

He was born c. 1895, in Colombo, Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka), the son of Lam Pakstun and Ho Mui Gnan. On his enlistement in February 1916, the younger Paktsun was residing in England, at 49 High Street, Poplar, and had employment as a chief steward.[1]

Paktsun died on 30 December 1917, in the Mediterranean, when the German U-boat UC-34 torpedoed the troopship HMT Aragon off Alexandria, with the loss of 610 people. He had been serving with the 6th Battalion, The Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment).

He has no known grave and is commemorated by the Chatby Memorial.


  1. War Office: Soldiers’ Documents, First World War ‘Burnt Documents’ (Microfilm Copies); (The National Archives Microfilm Publication WO363).


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