The Burma Star Association exists to relieve need, hardship or distress among men and women who served in HM and Allied Forces or the Nursing Services in the Burma Campaign of the 1939-45 war or are otherwise entitled to be holders of the Burma Star or Pacific Star with Burma Clasp and for their widows, widowers or dependants.
The Trustees, Council and HQ staff hope all our members and your families are taking care and
staying safe in these times of uncertainty. Please all take care.
Following HMG’s announcement about travel restrictions and limiting movement, especially in the London regions, the Headquarters staff are now all working from their homes. This will continue until HMG gives ‘the all clear’.
If anybody has sent anything to the office by post we will not be able to respond to them until we
return. Any post sent should be in a secure building, although unoccupied. If anyone has sent a cheque and is concerned about its security it is suggested that you cancel the cheque and re-issue it when we return to ‘normal’, but please keep in mind that cheques are valid for six months from the date on the cheque.
The answer machine in the office is switched on, as is the Benevolence Secretary’s, so listen carefully to the messages - don’t just hang up when you hear it is a machine not a person.
Emails should continue to be received as usual and will be replied to at the best of our ability
without the normal access to all the material we would have.
Closure of the Association
On the 1st April 2020, the Association was officially merged with The Burma Star Memorial Fund and all their assets and liabilities were combined into the Fund. However, The Burma Star Association as a charity will not be closed until the 15 August 2020, the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day. This in effect means that the Burma Star Association bank accounts have been closed and all finance in the future will be through the Memorial Fund, Any cheques currently in the system will be accepted and automatically transferred to the Fund if made payable to the Association.
It is now the time for any Branches who remain open to review their situation and close any
remaining bank accounts by the 15th August 2020.
We recognise that there a number of Branches ‘open’ but not effective at the moment, due to any
number of reasons; however, come the 15th August they will be recognised as closed. Should any
member of an ‘open’ Branch’s Committee wish to contact HQ please feel free to do so.
VJ DAY 2020
Due to the current Coronavirus crisis the Royal British have sent out the following message about VJ Day 2020:
“Please be reassured that the RBL remains committed to the successful delivery of the VJ 75
commemorations at the NMA in August and we continue to develop an innovative programme alongside DCMS & the MoD. Sadly, we have had to cancel the related overseas tours. This has caused me particular disappointment as we had managed to develop a series of quite wonderful itineraries for the 50+ veterans that had been keen to travel. The fact is that recent developments made the early booking of tour resources
impractical and therefore cancellation was the only option. On the positive side, all of the affected veterans will be invited to the NMA event.
It is quite impossible to assess how the situation will continue to develop. All that we can do is
respond positively to the advice of HMG. In every instance, we will do our utmost to keep you abreast of
developments and to provide our veterans and their families with the quality of events that they so richly
We suggest that everybody follows the Royal British Legion’s website www.britishlegion.org.uk for further information regarding the event in August. There is an option on the website to book tickets for this event. We request that everyone wishing to attend register themselves and their carers if required, rather than relying on HQ to do it for you. If VJ Day events go forward as planned by the Royal British Legion at the National Memorial Arboretum, the Trustees and Council of the Association plan to hold a service at the ‘Burma Star Grove’ sometime on Saturday 15th August. This will be in addition to the National Service being organised by the RBL. Unfortunately as we do not have the proposed time of the National Service yet, we are unable to let you know when this will be. Once timings have been agreed we will post these on the Association’s and the Memorial Fund’s websites.
With regards to the FEPOW Service at St Martin’s in the Field, currently we presume that this
service will have the same directions from HMG as the TRBL service at the National Memorial
Arboretum. We will be in regular contact with the Rev Pauline Simpson and keep you informed via the BSA website.
If you don’t have Internet access please ask a member of your family or a neighbour to help. I realise that you can’t visit neighbours at the moment but a phone call to a family member should hopefully get you registered.
It is our intention to hold the Association’s last Annual General Meeting on Thursday 9th July at 70 Grosvenor Street, London W1K 3JP at 1pm for lunch with the Meeting to commence at 2pm.
If anyone intends attending it would be helpful to know and if you would like lunch it would be
appreciated if you could let us know by 1st June to help with the catering arrangements.
Notification can be made by, post, email or telephone calls to the office.
This of course will depend on the country’s situation with regards to the Coronavirus and HMG’s direction. If it becomes obvious through National media that travel is not recommended, we will post a cancellation of the AGM on the website.
Annual Wreath Laying
We have applied to the Metropolitan Police to hold the Annual Wreath Layings on 2nd September at 1130 hours. We wait for approval, and with everything else it depends on the virus.