Chindit Unit ID

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  1. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    india Burma bridge kb.jpg British camp India 1943 kb collection.jpg Some more photos from the negs. india camp huts ww2 KB.jpg
    india camp huts ww2 photos .jpg
     
  2. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    The last picture in post 39 is of Darjeeling.
     
  3. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    There are three Territorial Royal Artillery Officers with the surname Falkner listed in the 1944 Army List. The 60th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery was a Territorial Army unit which helps to narrow the list of three Officers down to 3. We can probably disregard K.T. Falkner as he appears to be a War Substantive Lieutenant in 1944.
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  4. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

    The Chaplain notes identify him (Captain Buchan) as C of S, presumably Church of Scotland...?
     
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  5. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    This officer appears to be wearing the ribbon of the Military Cross possibly awarded for an action in Libya with the 70th Division but equally, it could be the ribbon for the Africa Star.

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  6. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Photo from neg india pontoon bridge kb.jpg of pontoon bridge across large river.
     
  7. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    One more officer that has a medal . House up country in the hills for the officers ?.
    Keith

    india British Lt  medal.jpg india up country kb.jpg india in the hills kb.jpg
     
  8. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Keith,

    This officer's medal ribbon looks at first glance to be that of the Military Cross but further examination seems to show a thin vertical line in both of the lighter areas. It may therefore be the ribbon of the Africa Star and would date the photograph to late 1943 at the earliest. Can you upload a higher resolution photograph of the ribbon?

    Simon.
     
  9. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    officer's medal ribbon. india British Lt m.jpg
     
  10. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Keith,

    I think that it is the Africa Star Ribbon. Africa-L.jpg
     
  11. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I thought it looked like the MC ribbon at first too. As you say Simon, probably the Africa Star. Two of my Chindit 1 veterans received the ribbon for the 1939-45 Star (1939-43 as it was then) in November 1943.
     
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  12. morrisc8

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  13. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    india officers medal.jpg Close up of the first officers medal india british officer burma.jpg
     
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  14. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I have to say, these are some of the most interesting photographs I've seen in a long while. It would be fantastic to identify the who, why and where. Thanks again for posting Keith.
     
  15. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Some more from the negs, takes a time to convert them from negs to photos.
    india ra unit 70th inf Div kb.jpg INDIA CITY WW2 CARS.jpg
     
  16. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    The last photograph shows the famous Chowringhee Road in Calcutta. In the background are the Italian Stores (still there today) and the Metro Cinema. I have several wartime Metro cinema tickets in my collection that were kept as souvenirs.

    Italian Stores Private Limited
    9-2, Chowringhee Road, Chowringhee Road, Chowringhee Rd, Gokhel Rd, Bhawanipur, Kolkata, West Bengal, India INDIA CITY WW2 CARS.jpg
     
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  17. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Close up of the Metro.
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  18. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Who is this ? india ww2 photo.jpg
     
  19. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

  20. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

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