Discussion in 'Burma & India' started by morrisc8, Jul 18, 2016.
Some more photos from the negs.
The last picture in post 39 is of Darjeeling.
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.
The Chaplain notes identify him (Captain Buchan) as C of S, presumably Church of Scotland...?
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.
Photo from neg
of pontoon bridge across large river.
One more officer that has a medal . House up country in the hills for the officers ?.
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?
officer's medal ribbon.
I think that it is the Africa Star Ribbon.
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.
Close up of the first officers medal
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.
Some more from the negs, takes a time to convert them from negs to photos.
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
Close up of the Metro.
Who is this ?
It's a Hindu demon figure called Mahishasura...
Mahishasura - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Close up of men with the US M1 Carbine.
Link to info on the M1 Carbine.
Rifle: U.S. Rifle M1 Carbine - C&Rsenal : : C&Rsenal
Separate names with a comma.