He was always remembered with affection by the family. Tuesday 14th January 2014. I would like to know more story about the Burma Road infamy. My father, Philip Sackville Wibmer, served in the RIASC as a company commander of 57th Mule Company. He was met by Major G. T. Chadwick, the second in command, with the news of Pearl Harbour. [1] Die buddhistischen Birmanen sind überall im Land, vor allem aber im Zentrum im Tal des Irrawaddy ansässig, während die zum Teil christlichen, animistischen oder muslimischen Minderheiten in den Randgebieten … He returned in 1946 when my Grandmother was aged 4. bridge being blown before the Battalion reached it. Air-raids, in which anti-personnel bombs had been used with terrible effect on the unsuspecting population, had utterly disorganised Rangoon. Before he passed away in 2009 he sent his medals and a couple of old photographs along with a small magazine booklet. More than half a million Indians had started their fight to India, a march that was to end in death for many tens of thousands. for bravery in 1945 while with West Yorks Reg. John Scurr also gave a substantial donation, but was unable to attend. Being warriors by nature, the British brought them from British Somaliland in east africa to put them in most feared fronts. It was attached by a cable to a wire rope, suspended high across the river from bank to bank. In January 1943, the Battalion sailed for North Africa, my dad Arthur Jones who will be a hundred next year fought in Burma in ww2. A gang of 500 coolies assisted with the work. battle honours were awarded to the Regiment for ''The He was a radio operator. The huge variety of nationalities, U.S., UK, East African, Indian (both sides), Japanese, Burmese (all sects). According to their stories, they defied the British order and crossed water ways which was considered very dangerous but went behind the enemy lines and according to them made the alliance easier to push forward. 1/4 Battalion of the regiment served through North West Europe crossing the channel several days after D-Day as part of the 49th Division. It was only natural that officers and men should be intensely anxious about their women and children How the married families of the battalion were got out of Burma could almost be a story by itself. does anybody have any more info on this. The Chindits were a disaster but did they prove that air supported troops could work? 14737510 was in the 2nd Battalion Border Regiment, 14th Army. Dear Sir, 950 posts. were in the 138th Infantry Brigade. if anybody can provide some help in terms of sourcing first person information, i will be grateful. into 53rd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery to take it to many different parts of the Eastern It had been stationed at Northallerton I am trying to trace any fellow comrades. I understand you believe you’re the forgotten army. for the tail end of the fighting in Germany and completed the Queens Own Yorkshire Dragoons) was motorised. If you are enquiring about the Museum’s research service, please provide as much information as possible about the individual you are researching including name, service number, battalion number and dates served, if known. Yet their struggle was little known, even at the time. property, including the silver place, which was buried Like many he didnt tell us what he went through, only things that wouldnt frighten us, like he had a pet monkey and how his cigarette case saved him from dying. Names are Brett, Love, Lott, Stoffel, Wintle, O’Neil, Regardsoe, Gascoyne and Davies. As a result he was taken POW and held by the Japanese at Rangoon, to be forced to work on the infamous Burma Railway. And I do have his numer of Bilin and Sittang, in the latter battle the river Hi my dad was William (Bill) gill. 2nd Duke of Wellington Regiment on 8/3/42. Helped many people. the new age of warfare. my grand Father got some major British award. It should therefore be realised that many officers and men went through this campaign in a state of terrible anxiety for their womenfolk, possibly greater than any other British unit had to suffer in the war. His name was Thomas Mabin from Edinburgh spent the rest of his life in Hull, i can not find anything about 101st aa rgt royal artillary t.a. How is wish i had taken the time to inquire and even meet those who may have known my Dad. According to my grandma, he never spoke about it apart from he got shot in his left arm above the elbow. The person standing in the vehicle would be the Number One of the Gun, a Sergeant, and appears to have a map in front of him. I would love to know more about what took place what they went through and i would love to visit the Taj mahal one day as every time i see a picture of it i feel peaceful. Author and Commentator on the Burma Campaign and Churchill and for years organiser of the KOYLI reunions until natural attrition forced their demise. Valerie Davies, Dear sir A few went by ship before Rangoon fell Some were flown out from Myitkyina in the far north under circumstances of the gravest danger. Imphal, Meiktila. After the fall In the to France, landing at Marseilles to join the British My Dad wore his Burma Star for every reunion as did a lot of men of his generation, but do we really know what happened out there? If anyone can provide any insight it would be greatly appreciated. He was a schoolteacher in his 30s when he volunteered to join up barely a month after marrying my Grandmother. The war with Japan had begun. My father was a Chindit. What a waste of lives but so necessary to preserve world peace. He never spoke to us of the appalling ordeal, what little we learned came to us through our mother, although I recently saw the film “The Railway Man”, featuring Colin Firth, which gave me scant insight into his experiences there. He never received his Burma Star which he was entitled to. Trying to find out whether my father (Eustace Beale) served in the 14th Army or the Chindits. Malaria was a very real problem. Bore tribesmen, caught hold of Japanese soldiers, who were eaten alive with the war dance. At Takaw the Salween is only 800 feet above sea level, but two miles away on either side are mountain peaks 7000 feet high. I am always looking for good sources about the Indian experiences in the war if you have any suggestions. This page highlights just some of the resources where you can discover more. to move to Takaw on the Salween. How I wish historians would write a proper account of these people. Fortunately there was little malaria. Quite scary. I would love to know more as I’ve tried searching for information before and not had much luck. In April the Battalion advanced into I’d like to find his record, but I don’t know his service number. his aramy no is 13448, Eng core.Our family doesnt get any finanional aid or pension from british army.Also uk entry as given by Queen Elzbath announced in her pakistan visit in early 60. I created this website mygrandfatheratwar.co.uk so I could organise and hopefully piece together his journey. However we get so mixed up with our own lives that it isnt till we have time, retired, to sit and reflect what could have been. and winter in the Low Countries. He was killed by Tree Burst on 23rd Nov 1944 when i was just 2. My farther spent about a year in Burma and some time in Vietnam and Cambodia. and England, in 1942 the Battalion embarked at Liverpool There is a very good board where there are a few people with a lot of knowledge about the Burma campaign and can help searching for individuals. My great uncle fought and was presumed killed in action in Burma on 03/04/1943. He would sit and take it until 3am every night. A British officer & engineer joined the Indian Army while in Burma. Strangely enough his repatriation papers came through just after he died. We’ll, better late than never…, Hi Richard, almost continually in action. I know that he served in the Royal Artillery, 27th regiment. It was fought in some of the most challenging terrain in the world, in a tropical climate that claimed many men before they had a chance to fight. That’s not true … The truth is nobody’s ever bloody well heard of you! Moving equipment was a nightmare across such hazardous terrain and worse was the constant threat of disease. He Hlei is still alive but he passed away in 1990. After a severe He died in 1955 in an accident at a firing range outside Delhi. Hopefully can contact via this site. Required fields are marked *. my Dad passed away in 2014 he was in North Africa and then Burma, I know only snippets of his time there as he told me “he didn’t want to remember” now reading ‘Burma Victory’ by David Rooney , I can in some small way understand his not wishing to remember. the 2/4th were in the GHQ Reserve where Major-General The valley was a death trap of malaria and Colonel Keegan had been warned that the battalion would probably be decimated. Why use this guide? of Rome the Battalion was withdrawn in July 1944, 1/4 Battalion of the regiment served through North West Europe crossing the channel several days after D-Day as part of the 49th Division. How can we find out about Major John Duncan Aitken who served in Burma. Armee, die von G… My uncle Sgt John Owen Davies, Royal corps of Signals maintained a radio behind Japanese lines in Burma. but allowed to Fighting was hand-to hand of course, and he didn’t talk about most of it, but he did say that one of their duties on the retreat towards India was to blow up existing British and American installations as they went through them. I’m doing some serious research into the Burma campaigns as my father was there, now passed on, and what I need to know is, what allied forces were there apart from the British. My Grandfather Dr BS Joshi, surgeon in the Indian / British army. take part in the assault on Malaya in August 1945, I have no idea what regiment he was in but would like to find out. With over 2,000,000 men fighting in that theatre, who knows? the first winter campaign, crossing in turn the Volturno It may just be coincidence, but he also had a brother and a son with Rosina, called Harold. My husband would really like to find more information. Roosevelt had an irrational love of Chang ah Shek and pressured the British to keep the supplies going to them. The 1st, 2nd, 1/4th and 2/4th (4th Battalion doubled in Doncaster. Nyheder og anmeldelser af gear og spil til PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, iOS og Android. R.A. in November, 1941, and served with the Guards I also have a letter that he wrote in 1944 of his observations of India. Four PLease give the page a “like” and post any details you have about your relatives, we would be very interested in reading them, and please do post photos too. fought a rear-guard action on the Seine before eventual and very proud of the Army in which he served. I live in Brisbane Australia: [email protected] 146th Brigade, Division was under command of Major Hi , wet weather were spent in close contact with the Germans Hello everyone. Hello my Grandfather fought in Burma during second world war he was a flight sergent in RAF i have an album of photos he took during that time his name was Ernest Robert Hodgson “Bob” all i know his the squadron he was in were known as All the sevens can anyone help please with any information. We have a couple of telegrams he sent home, with humourous drawing on that he did. My Granddad Wilfred Churton was a POW in Burma, I believe that he was a Motor Cycle Dispatch Rider, I know that he had great respect for the Gurkhas who he served along side. I am seeking to talk with anyone that knows us and our family also my mother who was Crystal Mary Everard, and her married name is Talbot. IF there are any others who read this who were with Dad then i would love to talk with them. You are browsing in: Archive List > British Army. India and Burma. moustachebandit. months were spent in India and then came a move to If I had the funds,I would love to travel & pay my respects.Sadley I can’t. In 1861 the Regiment was renamed as the 105th (Madras Light Infantry) Regiment when all of the HEIC Regiments were converted … Sadly it is too late now, he died in 2007 a couple of days before his 89th birthday.I have his medals and some of his papers. He served in the Burma conflict. I was wondering if anyone whos relatives fought in the same war knew him and would be able to tell me more about him and what he did. Lots of my relatives died in their quest of life by fleeing in the cold January of 1942. His admiration of the Gurkhas that he fought along side with was second to none. The KOYLI fought in Italy (hence their ironic Regimental Anthem "The D-Day Dodgers"), they also fought as a rearguard in the retreat through Burma. I have some group photos he took in Meerut 1942. From then onwards until the I would love to see a movie made of the Burma campaign. It was fought by a unique combination of American, Chinese and British Commonwealth troops. Japan invaded Burma in 1942, then part of the British Empire, beginning what was to become the longest continuous campaign fought by the British during the war. There are some similarities with my own father’s story in India and Burma, although his name was different. Train after train passed through the station filled with wounded and men who had lost their units. I have been working along the same line that you guys are doing. again, notably in the actions in the Yenangyaung oil-fields. HE IS MY GRAND FATHER HE WAS AND ARMY AND HE WAS STILL A LIVE GE HASN.T TAKE PENSION AND SUPORT WE DIDNT AND ALSO HE FIGTH IN BURMA WW2 HE INJURED IN FRONT HEAD NOW IN SOMALILAND, My father Ron Allan was war sergeant in the 27th (jungle) field regiment of the royal artillery signals of the 14th Army under SEAC in late ?1944/45 he was in Burma then went onto Mandalay and Rangoon, where he returned home to the UK in Feb/April 1946; he was also at Singapore Changi prison, I think, as part of the army that released POW’s I believe as there is no record that he was a prisoner but an aunt told me after my dad died (which spurred fme on to find out his war record/experiences. 1st Battalion in 15th Infantry My Grandfather worked & died as a pow in Burma. near Syracuse in July, 1943. There is a definite reason for asking. In good condition. Good morning to all , Names of soldiers Brett, Love, Lott, Stoffel, Regardsoe, Wintle, O’Neil, Gascoyne and Davies. Your email address will not be published. Is there a list of men who were awarded this medal? This last train out of Burma was filled with Chinese troops one of which had guns to my father’s and Uncle Ossies head to make them drive the train. Perhaps our dads knew each other. The Bgd was nearly always composed of a Gurkha Btn, a Sikh btn, a British line Btn and Bgd Artillery (RA). I know many of the African soldiers who fought in Burma and North Africa are the forgotten African soldiers of WW2. It was involved in a large number of very tough Read the whole of the fascinating account at Burma Star.org.uk. of Le Havre were the outstanding actions of the Battalion Plus a small chapter on the propaganda unit he was in in 1945. advancing more than a hundred miles down the Gudbrandsdal In WWII the regiment’s nine battalions represented the new age of warfare. of the pitifully small and ill-equipped force which These are more interesting than the official material. An amazing story of human endeavour and sacrifice. Hi. He would not talk about it. An even more serious aspect was that a great proportion of the battalion was infected, and went down with malaria several weeks later as resistance to the illness became reduced by the strain of fighting and marching. It relates very accurately the events and the people involved. Hope you like it too. In April, France in 1940. He was mentioned in dispatches and I am trying to find out more about that. WW2 People's War Homepage Archive List Timeline About This Site: Contact Us : Burma - the longest retreat by koylir. I also believe KOYLI soldiers served with the Royal West Africa Frontier Force (RWAFF) prior to the Burma campaign. I know he sailed from the Clyde to India, he was in the battle at Kohima and then went on to Mandalay and Rangoon. And interesting a few towns in the Burma Star which he served in Europe and the Far East of!. 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