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THE CHINDITS
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SEEKING URGENT HELP ON Patrick Staples Pritchard
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Bibliography compiled by the
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ORDE WINGATE SITES - Click Here

'A Lancashire Chindit' - Sue Robinson's site
about Sgt Bill Clift MM - Please Click Here

Ian Lambert's 7th Leicesters/Chindit site - Click Here

Another 7th Leicesters/Chindit site - Click Here

Lancashire Fusiliers Chindits - Photographs and information - Click Here


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APRIL 43 - BRIGADE COMMANDER'S DISPERSAL GROUP DIARY
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THE STRUCTURE OF THE CHINDIT EXPEDITIONS
BLACK WATCH CHINDIT SITE

    NEW BOOKS AVAILABLE    
CHINDIT, SPECIAL FORCE, BURMA 1944

'THE LONE CHINDIT' by D.H.Donaldson
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OLD COMRADES ASSOCIATION & FORMER CHINDIT NAMES
STORY OF THE SCARVES
60 and 88 Column Chindits 1944

'March Divided But Fight United'

by Rolfe Hedges 

The Chindits were the brainchild of General A Wavell and Ord Wingate. Wavell then C in C in India sent for Wingate in 1943 with the task of organising guerilla activity against the Japanese forces in Burma. The name 'Chindit' was a corruption of the Burmese word for winged stone lion - the guardians of the Buddhist temples.

The original Chindit formation was officially known as the 77th infantry brigade - assembled for Wingate's operation Longcloth in Burma in 1943. Wingate assembled British, Gurkha and some Burma rifles and using innovative training methods welded them into a seven column brigade totalling about 3,000 men, with hundreds of mules, Oxen and Elephants carrying their supplies.

The unit comprised:

    13 Battalion Kings Liverpool regt
    3rd Bn 2nd Gurkha rifles
    2nd Bn Burma rifles
    142nd Commando company

With these men Wingate penetrated deep into Burma - the objective being to a)cut the main railway line between Mandalay and Myitkyina b) harass the enemy in the Shwebo area c)if possible cross the Irrawaddy and cut the railway between Mandalay and Lashio.

The first objective lie 150 miles to the East. The number one priority was to reach the target undetected. The start of the mission was made by 2 Gurkha columns from the force crossing the Chindwin 50 miles to the south and by a diversionary attack by the 23rd Indian division at Kalewa. This succeeded and the main force reached the railway in 2 weeks without encountering any Japanese, They were also re-supplied at the target by the RAF. However at the railway line - 2 columns were ambushed and incurred heavy casualties. The rest of the column managed to blow up the rail line in over 75 places over a distance of 30 miles.

The Japanese were now buzzing 'as if they were an angry Wasp's nest' believing the British had a division of commandos in the rear. Wingate managed to cross the Irrawaddy, but had to disperse his force. The result of this was that they became near impossible to re-supply by air, sickness and the heat were also taking their toll of. So before reaching his third target Wingate ordered a general dispersal and retreat back to India - they had lost 883 men out of the 3,000. They had spent twelve weeks in the jungle and marched almost 1,000 miles. Wingate saw this as a dismal failure.

Impossible Possible

However 'Longcloth' lacking in material results, was a real breakthrough in strategic thinking. It showed that in the war in the jungle - alien to the British ; the impossible was possible. They could take the war to the Japanese.

By the end of 1943, the Japanese had given up on invading India, believing the jungles beyond the river Chindwin in Burma were impassable - they would sit tight and hold onto what they had. The British too were more or less content to defend India. However, American strategy in the theatre as a whole was to divert as many Japanese away from the pacific as possible and also to win back Chinese territory in order to build air bases on China's pacific coast. They wanted action from the British, who were sitting on a vast reserve of mainly Indian manpower on the sub continent.

At the summit conference 'Quadrant' in Quebec August 1943 future Allied military policy was the agenda - the British were under pressure to take action in the far east, Churchill took with him Wingate and after putting his ideas to the Allied chiefs Wingate was given the Green light on his Long range penetration ideas.

His initial plans were to airlift whole divisions to liberate territory using guerrilla tactics. But after several top level political arguments - especially conflict with the Americans and problems with the American general Stilwell ( who hated the British) the formation of' special force' and what was to be known as 'OPERATION THURSDAY' was finally agreed.

The basic theory was 'to insert himself in the guts of the enemy' with hopefully the bonus that he didn't know where you had landed. This idea had to have two central themes a) the power to penetrate deeply, and, b) the power to stay there.

Wingate stuck to the heart of the British system - morale and motivation - using the regiment as the building blocks of his 'new' army. He used men mainly from Symes British 70th division - known for its high levels of training and morale. And at the heart of the unit were veterans from the original 77th brigade.

CHINDIT ORDER OF BATTLE JANUARY 1944

The Chindits were officially known as 'Special Force' or the '3rd Indian Infantry Division.'

N.B. The title 3rd Indian division was only given in order to deceive the Japanese.

There were six brigades -- each referred to by a nickname. Each brigade had its own HQ situated near an airfield and an HQ column in the field (numbered separately from below).

GALAHAD 5307TH COMPOSITE UNIT (PROVISIONAL) US ARMY

Also known as Merrill's Marauders and after being trained were handed over to Gen. Stilwell's Northern Command.

    1ST BATTALION; RED AND WHITE COMBAT TEAMS
    2ND BATTALION; BLUE AND GREEN COMBAT TEAMS
    3RD BATTALION; KHAKI AND ORANGE COMBAT TEAM

THUNDER 3RD WEST AFRICAN BRIGADE

    6TH BATTALION NIGERIA REGT; 66 and 39 COLUMNS
    7TH BN NIGERIA REGT; 29 and 35 COLUMNS
    12TH BN NIGERIA REGT; 12 and 43 COLUMNS

JAVELIN 14TH BRIGADE

    2ND BN THE BLACK WATCH: 42 and 73 COLUMNS
    1ST BN BEDS AND HERTS REGT: 16 and 61 COLUMNS
    2ND BN YORK AND LANCASTER REGT: 65 and 84 COLUMNS
    7TH BN LEICESTER REGT: 47 and 74 COLUMNS

ENTERPRISE 16TH BRIGADE

    1ST BN THE QUEEN'S REGIMENT ; 21 AND 22 COLUMNS
    2ND BN LEICESTER REGT ; 17 and 71 COLUMNS
    51/69 ROYAL ARTILLERY 51 and 69 COLUMNS (INFANTRY COLUMNS MADE UP OF R. A PERSONNEL)
    45TH RECCE REGT ; 45 AND 54 COLUMNS ( INFANTRY COLUMN MADE UP FROM RECCE UNITS)

EMPHASIS 77TH BRIGADE

    3RD BN 6TH GURKHA RIFLES: 36 and 63 COLUMNS
    1ST BN THE KINGS REGT: 81 and 82 COLUMNS
    1ST BN THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS: 20 and 50 COLUMNS
    1ST BN SOUTH STAFFS REGT: 38 and 80 COLUMNS
    3RD BN 9TH GURKHA RIFLES: 57 and 93 COLUMNS

PROFOUND 111TH BRIGADE

    1ST BN THE CAMERONIANS: 26 and 90 COLUMNS
    2ND BN THE KINGS OWN ROYAL REGT: 41 and 46 COLUMNS
    3RD BN 4TH GURKHA RIFLES: 30 COLUMN

MORRIS FORCE

    4TH BN 9TH GURKHA RIFLES: 49 and 94 COLUMNS
    3RD/4TH GURKHA RIFLES: 40 COLUMN

DAH FORCE

    KACHIN LEVIES

BLADETL (BLAINS DETACHMENT)

    GLIDERBORNE COMMANDO ENGINEERS

ROYAL ARTILLERY Supporting non-mobile units designed to defend Chindit Jungle Fortresses.

    R, S AND U TROOPS 160TH FIELD REGT (ALL 25 PDRS)
    W,X,Y, AND Z TROOPS 69TH LIGHT ANTI AIRCRAFT REGT. (40MM BOFORS / 12.5 MM HISPANO GUNS)

SUPPORT UNITS

    NO 1 AIR COMMANDO USAF -strike and casualty evacuation (until 1/5/1944 only)
    EASTERN AIR COMMAND - supply
    U. S ARMY 900TH FIELD UNIT (engineers)

ORGANISATION

The column was the main unit and all operations were column biased - the column was referred to literally, because all personnel moved through the jungle in single file - a tactic to be copied 20 years later. Each column was essentially of company strength. The unit as a whole was supported by about 1,000 mules.

Each column had 4 rifle platoons, 1 heavy weapons platoon ( 2 Vickers mmg, 2 - 3 inch mortar, 1 flame thrower, 2 piats ), 1 commando platoon ( demolition and booby trap skills ) and 1 recce platoon with a British officer and Burma rifles ( Karen and Kachin tribesmen ).

Copyright 1998 by Rolfe Hedges
This article appears in MagWeb (Magazine Web) on the Internet World Wide Web.
Other military history articles and gaming articles are available at http://www.magweb.com
E-mail: magweb@magweb.com

The Badge of this unit was

A Golden Burmese Dragon (a Chinthern Pagoda Guardian) on a Blue Circular background was the Badge of the 3rd Indian Divison, (Wingates Chindits). 

History

The Chindits were first in action in Japanese Occupied Burma as Long Range Penetration Troops led by there Commander Maj/Gen Orde C. Wingate (D.S.O.)   

There second expedition was as part of the "Fourteenth Army" but made History by being the f irst Troops in Burma to invade by Glider & Parachute, this took place in the Chindwin Area of Burma, by destroying Railway Lines & harassing the Japanese they caused havoc through out the Area,  in the later stages they were seconded to Gen Joe Stillwell's American Chinese Forces & suffered further casulties, they were eventually withdrawn & returned to India where they were disbanded. 

They were COMMANDED by

Maj/Gen Orde C. Wingate. (D.S.O.)
(later by)
Maj/Gen  W.D.A. Lentaigne. 

Wingate, Major General Orde - British

1903-1944

  • 1936 - ran guerilla warfare in Israel
  • 1940 - organized guerrilla campaign in Ethiopia
  • Sent back to England suffering from malaria and depression attempted suicide
  • Wavell called him to India and wanted him to try his long range penetration in Burma
  • Decided to train a brigade size unit - named them the Chindits after a mythical beast the Chinthe
  • February 1943 - first operation crossed the Chindwin River to attack outposts, railway lines and bridges.
  • Mid MArch crossed the Irrawaddy River - Japanese attacked and they lost a third of its force and equipment
  • Hailed as a great success
  • Japanese sought to strengthen their line with an offensive against Kohima and Imphal
  • Killed in aircrash in 24 March 1944
  • No further use was made of special units to the extent of Wingate's plans in Burma

 

Information regarding the "Divisional Signs" contributed by A.C. Maile,
9th Batallion, Royal Sussex Regiment.

 

 

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The Chindits' Old Comrades Association is  at:-

The T.A. Centre
Wolseley House
Fallings Park
Wolverhampton 
West Midlands WV10 9QR
United Kingdom           

The Liaison Officer, Captain Wilson is on 44+(0)1902-731841 If sending fax on +44 (01902) -303830 mark it for the attention of Captain B.K. Wilson as machine is shared by others.

Former Chindits include:

NORMAN DALE (DALLA)
 
Deceased Member of the Wigston & District Branch of the Burma Star Association Click Here for more details
ALBERT JOHN BURTON
Possibly in a bren gun section
 
Grandson Steve seeking information on Albert.  If you have any information, photographs etc, would you please contact Steve by Clicking Here
 
GEORGE RAMSAY
JOCK CRAIG
Grandson Garry seeking information about George and his best mate Jock.  To read more, please Click Here
 
HARRY HOOPER FOGARTH Daughter in law Pat is seeking anyone who may have known Harry.  Send has sent photographs including a group photograph. Click Here to go to Pat/Harry's page
STAFF SGT RHV LEEKE  Grandson Barry seeking information about his late Grandfather.  If you remember this sniper/Bisley Marksman, would you please contact Barry by Clicking Here
WILLIAM JENNINGS Granddaughter Clare is trying to find out about William. Please Click Here to read her request about this Chindit
 
Reginald Ernest AITCHISON
Chindit and Bandsman

 

Reg served in the Chindits but also played in Army bands.  If you remember him and where he served, would you please Click Here for more
DAVID DUTTON BUDWORTH David's daughter seeking information about her father's war time years.  To read more, please Click Here
JOHN LESLIE Son Terry seeking information about his Dad.  If you remember him would you please e-mail him by Clicking Here
SIDNEY JOHN PORCH Daughter Maureen seeking information about her Dad.  Please Click Here if you remember Syd who may also have been called 'Taf' or 'Taffy'
SGT BILL JENKINS Grandson seeking information about Bill and what he and the others went through. Please Click Here for more
SGT MAJ. LES (WILLIAM LESLIE) TAYLER Grandson Clive is seeking any Chindits or Essex Regt comrades of Les so that he can learn more about what he went through.  If you can help, please Click Here
 
L/Cpl William Henry Benton For photograph of William and possible contact with another Chindit from that time, please Click Here
WILLIAM HIGGINSON If you remember Bill, could you contact his daughter Melanie on melanie@conferenz.co.nz
LESLIE QUAYLE
Medic also in B.E.F.
Son Jerry is seeking contacts with friends of his father who is still going strong. Click Here if you can help
RALPH HEATON Family request for information.  If you remember Ralph, would you please Click Here
FREDERICK SEDDON 42 Column Black Watch Chindit is now 80.  Click Here for more and to send a message
PETER NISBETT
Chindit/KOSB
PETER - E-MAIL ADDRESS IS WRONG.  PLEASE SEND CORRECT DETAILS IN (CLICK)
87 year old Peter is trying to contact his old mates, Harold Price, Corneleus Hemstock, Jim Guthrie and  Geordie Mattinson.  If you can help, can you please contact him by clicking HERE
HARRY (W.H.) SLANEY
Leicestershire Regt
Sadly passed away 20th April 2005
Click Here to read Harry's story
MANNY CURTIS Click Here to read Manny's account of his time in the South Lancs regt
HECTOR COULTER Hector sadly passed away Easter Monday 2005.  Click here for the funeral arrangements.
 
BERNARD RUFFLES
 
Son Steven seeing information.  Please Click Here to read Steve's message
 
WILLIAM ALBERT MACHIN If you remember William who was from Camberwell, could you please CLICK HERE
LT COLIN CAMPBELL Information being sought on Lt Campbell who died 1944. Please CLICK HERE if you can help
RSM joseph mc ginnis Son Peter seeking information.  If you can help, please write to him by CLICKING HERE
FREDERICK UNDERHAY
 
Barry Underhay is trying to find out more about his father's time in Burma and about his friend Arthur Bosler.  If you can help, please CLICK HERE
S/Sgt Arthur J Bosler
 
john fitzpatrick
berwyn humphreys
Rob Humphreys is trying to contact John & Berwyn. If you can help, please Click Here
PRVT HERBERT [BERTIE] WEBSTER Son Michael is trying to contact anyone who remembers his Dad, even his name.  Click Here to contact him
LT KENNETH JOHN HEARD Family request for information.  If you remember Lt. Heard, could you please Click Here
JIM FINNIE Son Jim is seeking information.  If you remember Jim, Please Click Here
CQMS GEORGE WILLIAM BELL Andy Bell is seeking information on this Sgt Major.  To read more, Click here
Jack Roy Harrington Daughter in law seeking information.  Please click here for full details
ERIC PRETTY Family History question relating to Eric Pretty. Please Click Here for more - Allan Rogers - please contact Chris Browne re this request. Please Click Here
EDWARD JOHN HAMER
Leicestershire Regt
John's nephew is trying to find out about his uncle who died at Bairagaigh POW Hospital of polio on 14 July 1942.  Please Click here if you have any information which may help.
SIGNALLER JACK WHITE Nephew Steve seeking information about Jack who served with Mike Calvert's 77th Brigade. If you can help, please Click Here
WILLIAM FREDERICK PRESLAND Request for information. Please Click Here if you remember Bill
BILL TOWILL
Adjutant
3rd Bn 9th Gurkha Rifles
Bill has written a book about his time with the battalion during the 2nd Chindit Expedition. Click Here to read about the book and to contact Bill
JOHN (Jackie) MOORE
Black Watch Chindits, Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders & Seaforth Highlanders
John sadly died on 8th August 2002. Click Here to read a request from the family and his obituary
FREDERICK JOSEPH CRAWFORD Seeking information for family. If you remember Frederick, could you please CLICK HERE
HORACE (ROGER) KENT Daughter Maureen is trying to find out about her father and the Chindit actions he was involved in. If you can help, please CLICK HERE
MAJOR CECIL 'STEVE' STEEVENS M.B.E.
Burma Army Service Corps
CLICK HERE to see Steve's page
PTE ARTHUR BENJAMIN BRISTOW
Sth Staffs Regt
Seeking information on Arthur who wasn't found until 2 years after the war was over.  Click Here for details
Corporal Michael (Bill) Cody
3rd West African Engineers
Family seeking information. Please CLICK HERE if you remember Bill
SGT(??) JOHN COLE
Devonshire Regt
Son Chris is seeking information on his dad and the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces. If you can help, please CLICK HERE
L/CPL JOSEPH TYRRELL
South Wales Borderers
Cpl Tyrrell's family are trying to find out more about his service life. If you can help or knew the Cpl, could you please CLICK HERE
SGT FRANK HENRY STEVENSON
Queen's Regt
Seeking information for the family.  If you remember Frank, could you please Click Here
CPL JOSEPH BRERETON
45 Recce Regt
Joseph's son is trying to find out about his father who died on the 26th March 1944. Can you help?  Please CLICK HERE if you can
JAMES 'BIG JIM' MAIN If you have any information on Big Jim, could you please CLICK HERE
CPL JACK HARRISON
(Ernest John Harrison, No 4980122)
Duke Of Wellington's Regt & Sherwood Foresters
Jack is 82 years old and living in the North of England.  Please CLICK HERE to go to Jack's page
RSM EARNEST GOWER
Essex Regt
Can you help with information for the family. Please Click Here to contact them
JOHN 'JACK' BIDE
Lancashire Fusiliers
John's family are seeking information about his Army life.  If you can help, please CLICK HERE
SGT STEPHEN JOHN EDHOUSE
Royal Engineers
Son Stephen is seeking information about his father's time in the Army. If you remember Sgt Edhouse, could you please CLICK HERE
NATHAN TOD Nephew Barry is seeking information. If you remember Nathan, please Click Here
STAFF CAPTAIN HORACE LORD
Border Regt
Seeking info on this Staff Captain to Orde Wingate. If you can through any light on his history, can you please CLICK HERE
CAPT ROY McKENZIE M.C.
3 Col - 1st Expedition/77th Bde 2nd Expedition
2nd Gurkha Rifles
We have some information on this Canadian in the British Army but his family are trying to discover more. Click Here to read the story so far
LEONARD REYNOLDS
Beds & Herts Regt
Len would love to hear from some of his old friends. Please Click Here for details
SGT ARTHUR JESSIE 'DICK' BROWN
Royal Artillery
Dick's son is trying to find out about his father's service life.  If you can help, please Click Here
THOMAS MOREHEN
Leicestershire Regt
Click Here to read part of an autobiography by T.H. Morehen
 JAMES RICHARD
'JIM' AMBROSE
King's Own Liverpool Regt
Daughter Valerie is seeking information about Jim.  If you can help, please Click Here

ERNEST (ROGER) HERRING
20
th Field Bakery &
RASC

Son David is trying to find anyone who knew Roger. Please CLICK HERE if you can help
WILLIAM (GEORGE) PULLINGER We are trying to find out about George's time in Burma.  If you remember him, could you please CLICK HERE
SGT MAJ KENNETH McKENNA
Duke of Wellingtson's Regt
Long serving soldier who was still in the forces as late as 1961.  If you can help with a family enquiry, please Click Here
PTE JOHN (JACK) EMERY
South Staffs Regt
If anyone remembers Jack, perhaps you would be kind enough to Click Here
SGT HARRY PERRY
(from London's East End)
Nephew John is trying to find out more about Harry. If you can help, please Click Here
SGT HARRY OATES
Duke of Wellington's Regt
76 Column
1st & 2nd Btns - If anyone remembers Harry, could you please Click Here
SGT WILLIAM (BILL OR JOCK) GEDDES Bill served under Brig Calvert for a time but we would like to know more of his time in Burma.  If you can help, please CLICK HERE
HARRY 'SPROG or SPROGGER' SPRUCE Seeking information on Private Spruce for his family. Please Click Here if you can help
Captain 134273 Graham Cowell Hosegood Can you help with information on this SWB - Chindit - King's Liverpool - POW (Rangoon). If you are able to help, could you please CLICK HERE
HARRY SEERS
R.A. - Duke of Wellington's
Anyone remember Harry - His son has written a message.  Click Here to read and for a contact address
DOUGLAS HAIG  DONALDSON Click Here to contact him and to read about his book 'The Lone Chindit'
GEORGE 'BLANKO' GREEN
Gloucestershire Regiment
George has recently died and his son would love to know more of his service life.  If you can help, could you please CLICK HERE
SGT BILLIE QUATE If you can help Billie's grandson with information, could you please Click Here
LEONARD BICKMORE Anyone remember Len?  If you do, could you help his family with information. Please Click Here to continue
FRANK GOULD
South Staffordshire Regt
Frank's daughter is trying to find out about him.  If you remember him, could you please Click Here
Edwin (Ted) Rueben Parker Can you help with details of Ted's time in Burma?  If so could you please CLICK HERE
SAMUEL CHARLES PARKER
Sherwood Foresters
Family request for information about this Sherwood Forester who joined the Chindits. Please Click Here for more
DR. MATTHEW CAMPBELL M.B.E. Can anyone tell the Doctor's son where in Burma his father fought - please click here for more
JIMMY LEESE
South Staffs Regt
If you remember Jimmy, could you please click here
JACK (AGUSTIN) RODRIGUEZ If you remember Jack, could you please contact his family - Click Here for details
SGT HAROLD FREDERICK HOLLAND
Royal Fusiliers
Can you help with information about Sgt Holland for his son?  Please click here for more
CAPT. ROY (MAC) McKENZIE
Animal Transport
If you can help with information on 

Mac, could you please CLICK HERE - we need your help

LT EDWARD WILLIAM HOBDAY
King's Own Liverpool Regt
We are seeking information on Lt Hobday who died whilst crossing the Irrawaddy under fire on the 17/4/43. If you can help please click here
HARRY SEERS  Family request for information - please click here
GROUP CAPTAIN A.D.Farquarhar MVO If you can help tracing this Chindit RAF Officer, please click here
CPL HAROLD HARRIS Harold is trying to contact his old comrades, especially Mitchel, Hardy and Welch. Click Here to find out more
Maj/Gen  W.D.A. Lentaigne.  Read the General's letter to the troops about the Chinthe - CLICK HERE
JOHN (JACK) MATTHEWS
Irish Guards.
Royal Engineers
If you can help with a family request for information, please CLICK HERE
SID (HAROLD WILLIAM) KIRKPATRICK Sid was with the first Chindit expedition.  If anyone recognises the name, we are trying to find him.  Please Click Here
PTE WILFRED JACKSON Wilfred's son speaks of the crossing of the Irrawaddy when the Japanese lay in wait. Click Here
Reginald Oliver Foster Message for all friends of Reg - Please CLICK HERE
JOHN 'BENNY' LYNCH
Manchester Regt
Seeking old comrades and not too well at present.  Please CLICK HERE for contact details
LESLIE JOHN WELLS
45 Recce Regt
Leslie is trying to find some of his old friends. Please CLICK HERE for more information
W/SGT BILL CLIFT M.M. Family request for information on Bill who received his MM for his action at HENU.  If you can help, please CLICK HERE
WALTER PRESSLEY SILVER If you can help Walter's son with information, please CLICK HERE
BILL WRIGHT 81 Column Chindits/King's Liverpool Bill is trying to trace old comrades. Click Here for more information
ALBERT (MAC) McQUIRE Seeking information on Mac for the family. Please Click Here if you can help
LT ERIC FARRER KIRK If you can help with a family request for information, could you please CLICK HERE
'TAFFY' MORRIS 2nd Bn Queen's Own
Taffy is trying to contact his old comrades. Please CLICK HERE if you are or you know Paul or Tiny
PAUL SWANSON
'TINY' TYLER
VIC BROWN
Royal Sussex
Royal Warwickshire
16/5/01 seriously ill. Trying to contact old friends. Click Here for information
THOMAS 'PADDY' O'REILLY
(South Staffs Regt & 80 Column)
Tom is still alive and kicking and willing to help anyone seeking information about his ex-comrades if he can. CLICK HERE for details
Eric Molyneux Jolly Seeking information on this King's Own soldier. Please CLICK HERE
Alex Danischewsky Seeking information on this chap from the 16th Indian Infantry Bde under Brig. Fergusson. Please CLICK HERE if you can help
WALLY HAMMOND Can you give us any information on Wally who was also with Special Forces - Please CLICK HERE if you think you can help
GNR FRED WALKER RA We are trying to find information about Fred who was with 7 Brigade. CLICK HERE if you can help
PTE DAVID MILLER MUTCH Family request for information - please CLICK HERE
PETER NISBET Peter is seeking his old friends. CLICK HERE for more information
CAPT CHARLES HAYNES - 7th Bn Nigeria Regiment & Chindit  If you remember Capt Haynes, please CLICK HERE
THOMAS HOLLIS If you remember Thomas, could you please CLICK HERE
FREDERICK WILLIAM BISHOP If you know anything of this Chindit, could you please CLICK HERE
JOHN BISPHAM Can anyone help with information.  CLICK HERE for details
Frederick Iryl Price (known as Iryl) Can anyone help with information about Iryl.  Please Click here to continue
WO1 COLIN BAIN CLICK HERE to read about Colin
ERNEST EDWARD BIBB Sadly died 12/3/2001 - please Click here if you can help with information
MAJ GEOFFREY PAWSON Please CLICK HERE if you remember Major Pawson as we need your help
NORMAN LAMBERT If you can help with information about Norman, please CLICK HERE
MAJ GEOFFREY PAWSON Please CLICK HERE if you remember Major Pawson as we need your help

SPR JOHN ROBERT WEBB

John's son is seeking information.  Please CLICK HERE if you can help

DAVID DUTTON BUDWORTH

Can you fill in a few details on David who was also the inventor of the Budworth Turbine Engine. Please CLICK HERE
WAL MALTPRESS I you know any of these three men, could you please CLICK HERE
CAPT. TONY NORFOLK
TOM CHALLIS
MICHAEL 'JACK' NALLY  Can you help Jack's daughter with information.  If so, please CLICK HERE
PERCY JOHN BAIN OSBORNE If you remember this Black Watch Chindit, please CLICK HERE
C.D. DELL If you can remember radio operator Cyril, could you please CLICK HERE
C.D. DELUNGO
GILBERT HARDY (King's Own Scottish Borderers) If you can help with a family request for information, please CLICK HERE
PTE DAVID B JONES South Staffs Chindits Click here to read about David
JOHN BISPHAM Can anyone help with information.  CLICK HERE for details
WILLIAM BUCKELL If you knew these two brothers, could you please CLICK HERE
CHARLES BUCKELL
HORACE (NON) LORING Can anyone help with info on Non.  Please CLICK HERE
BERWYN HUMPHREYS Queen's Regt Can you help with info on Berwyn; if so please CLICK HERE
GORDON HUGHES - 22 COLUMN Read Gordon's account of the ambush at Milestone 20 - CLICK HERE
CAPT B.W. STEDEFORD If you knew Capt Stedeford, REME could you please CLICK HERE
CHARLES CLARK We need to contact Charles' old comrades as a matter of urgency.  If you can help, can you please CLICK HERE
SGT BILL SMITH (later Sgt Major then Lt.) If you knew Bill could you please click here as you may be able to help Bill's son
BASIL NEALE Anyone interested in a Chindit report from Wingate's staff, CLICK HERE for more information
HARRY CLEGG Harry's son would like to know more about his father - can you help. If so, please CLICK HERE
THOMAS VINCENT PAYNE If you knew Tom, could you please CLICK HERE
PTE GEORGE ARTHUR HARRISON If you can help with a family request for information, could you please CLICK HERE
PTE MATTHEW RUTTER Read about Matt by CLICKING HERE
SGT RUPERT (RUBE) MAYNE If you can help with information, can you please CLICK HERE
EDWARD EAST Please CLICK HERE for details of Edward
ELLIS GREENWOOD If you have any information on Ellis, could you please CLICK HERE
Maj.Gen Orde Wingate The family are searching for information. Please CLICK HERE for more details
JACK MORGAN Can you help in a search for information on Jack and some Chindit details.  If so can you please CLICK HERE
SIDNEY DAVID LLOYD THOMAS If you knew Sidney, could you please CLICK HERE
WILLIAM HILL William's family are trying to find out more about him - he was a L/Cpl and was killed on the 15th July 1944.  If you can help, please CLICK HERE

AIRBORNE TROOPS

If you would like to help an author with details of the airborne Chindits, please
CLICK HERE

John Thomas McLellan (Tom)

Tom's son Wayne is seeking information on his dad.  If you can help, please CLICK HERE
CHARLES WILLIAM COLES If you remember Charles, could you please help by clicking here
SGT JIM MASTERTON(Cypher Sgt in 1st Expedition) If you can help with any information on Jim, could you please
 CLICK HERE
LESLIE HAILS Can you help with a search for Les - please click here if you can
BERNARD (JOCK) KING Can you help in a search for Jock - Please click here if you can
LES REDFERN - 60 Col If you have any info on Les or 60 Column, could you please click here
FOLWELL F. Member of the Wigston & District Branch of the Burma Star Association
NORTH J Member of the Wigston & District Branch of the Burma Star Association
BENT W.

 

Deceased Member of the Wigston & District Branch of the Burma Star Association
HOWARD R.A.

 

Deceased Member of the Wigston & District Branch of the Burma Star Association
PARTON W..

 

Deceased Member of the Wigston & District Branch of the Burma Star Association
PRIME D.E Deceased Member of the Wigston & District Branch of the Burma Star Association
QUESTED T. Deceased Member of the Wigston & District Branch of the Burma Star Association
RAINBOW C.B Deceased Member of the Wigston & District Branch of the Burma Star Association
WHITE S. Deceased Member of the Wigston & District Branch of the Burma Star Association
Does anyone recall the Chindit Expedition over the Himalayas in 1944.  16 set out but only 6 survived.  If you do, could you please click here
R.T. (BOB) COLLINS If you knew these men, could you please click here
Sgt. 'Inky' Reeves
Corporal Tuck
Ted Shayle
"Busty"Edwards

RSM George William Bell

If you knew George, could you please click here
KEN FULLER If you knew Ken, could you click here please
BILL (REGARDLESS) HARDLESS If you knew Bill or Tom, could you please click here
THOMAS WRIGHT
LESLIE ROMAINE Please click if you remember Les
MAJOR ROBIN JOHNSTON Please click here if you remember Major Johnston
HENRY (Harry or Joe) FULLBROOKE Can you remember this old comrade - if so, please click here
CLEMENT Do you remember a man called 'Clement' please click here
Harry Winfield
For Harry's page, please click here
If you knew Harry could you please click here
LAURIE SMITH Laurie wants to meet old comrades - if you are one, could you please click here
JACK DUFTON Remember Jack - please click here
STANLEY FREDERICK HUGHES Could you help with some details for Stan - if you knew him, would you please click here?
DENNIS EDWARD JOHNSON Please click here for more information
JACK MARLES Please follow this link to details of Jack
ALBERT OLIVER SMITH If you wish to contact Albert's family, please click here

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We received the following e-mail a few weeks ago - the answer came from the Imperial War Museum and follows the e-mail:

"I would like to ask you to help me find some information about an article I found in my grandfathers house after he passed away recently. He served with the Chindits in Burma during WW2 and was originally in the Royal Artillery.

While he was in the Chindits he was issued with a orange silk scarf. This scarf is about 70x80 cm. Printed on one side in black is a map of "Northern Burma" and on the other side is "Central Burma". The scarf is in 100% perfect condition. I have heard that it was issued as an emergency map which could be folded up and hidden. Do you have such an exhibit ?

Do you know anything about this scarf ? If you could help me find out some more about it  I would be very grateful.

Thank you and best regards

Christopher Munns

The reply was as follows:

"Thank you for your e-mail of the 18 July.

The Museum does have an orange air recognition map, they were issued to the Chindits for the 2nd Chindit expedition. They had the dual purpose of a map and for air recognition for aerial drops and pick ups. I hope this information is of assistance.

Yours sincerely

Alan Jeffreys
Department of Exhibits and Firearms"

 

 

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