1st Bn The King's (Liverpool) Regiment, Chindits.

Discussion in 'Burma & India' started by High Wood, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. Jungle Jackie

    Jungle Jackie Member

    Thanks SImon - worth a shot and maybe useful at a later date as you say
     
  2. Jungle Jackie

    Jungle Jackie Member

    Just catching up pm the posting here. Really interesting - thanks all. I have little to no memories passed on by my Dad about his time in Burma. I see that Robert's father was at Jhansi: my father's army map lists and pinpoints that he was at Orchna (which is just south east of Jhansi) just before moving to Silchar and then on to the Burma operation. Thanks for the map link Steve.
     
  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    No problem Jackie, I'm really amazed by how many families of 1st Battalion Kingsman are finding their way to this thread on WW2Talk. I think it is rather exciting too.
     
  4. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    I have been to both Orchha and Jhansi and have some photographs tucked away somewhere. Nothing specifically Chindit related though.
     
  5. Thanks. I have listened to Scottie's recording. It was a while ago. As I recall, it dealt more with Operation Longcloth than Operation Thursday.
    Cheers
    Robert
     
  6. Thanks. I have heeded your advice.
    Cheers
    Robert
     
  7. I found the attached photograph among my father's stuff. None of the Kingsmen is named. On the back, it just says "March 1940 Formby". It is scanned at a high resolution and enlarges very well if anybody wants to zoom-in on any face which seems familiar.
    Cheers
    Robert
     

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  8. I also found the attached photos in my father's effects. There is nothing written on the backs of the pictures. I have no idea where they were taken. The flower in the 'Captain Davidson' picture looks tropical. Nor do I know how my father obtained the photos. The two men must have been important to my father for him to have obtained and kept the photos. Does anyone have information on who they were?
    RS
     

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  9. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi Robert,

    They are Peter Duncan Davidson of the Royal Engineers and Edward Williams of the Welch Regiment. Both men I believe were attached to the King's on Operation Thursday and both are buried at Taukkyan War Cemetery on the outskirts of Rangoon. According to other details available they were originally buried at Sahmaw War Cemetery which was a temporary holding site for many Chindit casualties, mostly taken during the battles at Blackpool and to a certain extent Mogaung.

    I might be able to find out more later. Attached is a map that shows the location of Sahmaw village close to the railway line.

    Mogaung PinHmi Sahmaw NG47-9 copy 3.jpg
     
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  10. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947
    Name: Peter Duncan Davidson
    Age: 24
    Birth Date: abt 1920
    Death Date: 24 May 1944
    Cemetery: Taukkyan War Cemetery
    Burial Country: Burma
    Father: John Duncan Davidson
    Mother: Winifred Emily Davidson
    Regimental Number: 198427
    Region or Memorial: Burma
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    TD
     
  11. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Lieutenant
    WILLIAMS, EDWARD
    Service Number 197225
    Died 14/05/1944
    Aged 23
    Welch Regiment
    attd. 1st Bn.
    The King's Regiment (Liverpool)

    Son of Edward and Ann Williams.

    Casualty

    TD
     
  12. Thanks TD and bamboo43. Much appreciated.
    Robert
     
  13. RTJones

    RTJones New Member

    Hi everyone, just found this website and in awe of the wonderful help you give to people searching for information on past service by their relatives. I have been obsessed with finding out what happened to my Dad during WW2. He died in 1989 after a long and bitter struggle with emphysema for about 15 years. Until very recently I was unable to find out any info about my dad. All I have had until recently is anecdotal information from old pals of his about what he had told them. He never once spoke about his service. He returned from the war deeply affected by his experiences. Our family life was very dysfunctional, Dad rarely spoke, only when absolutely unavoidable. After he died in 1989 some stories emerged, the later ones about possible service in Burma. One story about having to watch his Commanding Officer having his throat cut by a Japanese soldier while they were forced to watch this horrendous spectacle. I had no service number, all I knew was that he originally joined the RWFusiliers. By all accounts, he returned from the Army a different man.
    I found a site on FB that is about the war in Burma and one very knowledgeable guy actually managed to find some of his service records including his service number. The pic is of my Dad, presumably when he joined up and the other pic is his movement details through his service. I dont know if anyone can help me find any info about his time in Burma. I am desperate to find out more about his service and it would be greatly appreciated. My dad always had a bad press while he was alive after he returned from the war but I think this may explain the way he was.
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  14. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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  15. RTJones

    RTJones New Member

    In the process of doing that now, Mum`s gone as well now but it will be £30 very well spent :)
     
  16. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum RT Jones. Your father's service number falls within a sequence matching some men from the 8th Battalion RWF, who later were transferred to the 13th King's Liverpool whilst in India on the 30th September 1942. However, from the snippet of records you already have, he seems to have been posted to the King's Own Royals on the same day.

    His full service records are crucial here, otherwise you may well waste time chasing wild geese.
     
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  17. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

    Welcome to the mix... the note about having to watch an execution does sound very POW...
     
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  18. RTJones

    RTJones New Member

    It was anecdotal stuff from a hometown army pal of his (a local town hero) who served in Burma at the same time (but a different unit), now deceased.
     
  19. Kevin dunn

    Kevin dunn New Member

    Hi I know my grandad was kings Liverpool Regiment evacuated from Dunkirk sent to wynick mental institution in Warrington suffering from shell shock! Left and went back to the Regiment and got shipped off to India Burma and was a chindit! James dunn (jimmy) Liverpool.
     
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  20. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    I do not have a James Dunn on my database but that does not necessarily preclude him from being a Chindit. He may not have served with the 1st Btn King's Regiment (Liverpool) though.
     

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