Chindit W.D.L. 'Duncan' Bett RIP

Discussion in 'Burma & India' started by bamboo43, Jul 29, 2015.

  1. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I was extremely sad to read about the recent passing of CQMS. Duncan Bett, formerly of the 13th King's (Liverpool) Regiment and a veteran survivor of Operation Longcloth. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Bett, but was well aware of his outstanding performance as a soldier during the first Wingate expedition from books, such as 'March or Die' by Phil Chinnery.

    Here is a short article from my website about Duncan Bett and his time on Operation Longcloth:

    His passing was announced in the recent edition of the Burma Star Association magazine, Dekho. He was one of last surviving members of the Longcloth Club and possibly the last living soldier from Major Scott's 8 Column.

    Attached is the only photograph I possess of CQMS. Bett, taken in India pre-Chindit 1.

    Bett D. 1942.jpg
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  2. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    :poppy: CQMS Duncan Bett :poppy:

  3. Rualiam

    Rualiam New Member

    Sad news, RIP Duncan Bett.
  4. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    'Chindits never actually die, they just go to heaven and regroup'.

    May you rest in peace Duncan; you will not be forgotten.
  5. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

  6. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thanks to everyone for their kind replies and condolences. To my knowledge there are now only three Longcloth veterans still with us.
  7. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    :poppy: CQMS Duncan Bett. RIP. :poppy:

  8. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    :poppy: CQMS Duncan Bett. RIP. :poppy:
  9. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

    ... And then there was three... :(

    It was the look some of them had post that "closure" of COCA that had a sort of finality, Steve... sort of a "Well Gents, we've fought the good fight, given as good as we could give; now it's time to re-join our units for the final leg of the march..."

    I only know of a single Cameronian from '44 ...

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