Chindit website at last!!!

Discussion in 'Burma & India' started by bamboo43, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    Unlike the bridge on my previous avatar (bridge over Irrawaddy at Ava) this one is the Sittang Railway Bridge at Mokpalin. This is the east side of the bridge, during 1942 this position was sandbagged and was place of the final bridgehead before the bridge was blown up.

    Generally, I'm interested in whole Burma campaign from 1942 to 1945 but over the years battles at the Sittang Bridge and Pegu during 1942 have become my major interest.

    Attached Files:

  2. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

    Louis Allen's book is a fascinating read re Sittang area in '45...
    The art print is this one...

    Occam's razor, dear boy... ;)
  3. hayeshayes

    hayeshayes New Member

    Greetings to all . I have been trying for many years to trace my father's service record for the ww2 campaign, without any success . Have tried the mod at Glasgow twice but they require more info . His name John Joseph smythe now deceased . He married in 1942 in crewe and his address was burnbank gardens glasgow. He died when I was 15 and so did his service history as he kept ed no records . All I remember as a child is being told of his ww2 in burma with the chindits and being drop into the jungle via a glider and also serving in Italy or with Italian prisoners of war . Only one photo of him in uniform no regiment id . Any help welcome in tracing service history would be appreciated. Thank you
  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    You'll require a full name and date of birth and OR his Army Number (better if you have both but not essential). You'll also need to enclose proof of death by way of a death certificate, photo of headstone etc. and signed next of kin approval. Oh and a cheque for £30.

    What bits of the above are you missing?
  5. hayeshayes

    hayeshayes New Member

    Have all his personal information but no service records such as regiment service number or rank . He would of been 101 this year if alive lucky my mother is still alive at 92 but she has no memory of his service or any records . Yes have supplied his bc and dc to mod but they said more info required. On his marriage cert dated 1942 it just say occupation solider place of residence glasgow burnbank gardens .With an address in Glasgow would this be a Scottish regiment , does burnbank gardens glasgow mean anything to ex service personnel , was it private residence , army or hospital or a home for recovering soldiers. Thanks
  6. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

    Possibly Cameronians, which was the most likely Glasgow based regiment...
    Post the picture and hopefully there's a cap badge visible...?
  7. hayeshayes

    hayeshayes New Member

    Just the one photo no hints to any regiment not to me anyway 20141110_073629.jpg 20141110_073629.jpg
  8. D00B

    D00B Active Member

    Brilliant site, it was one I had come across prior to joining here
  9. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thank you D00B,

    I have replied to your original post. Hopefully forum member, Hebridean Chindit will be along to help soon as 111th Brigade is his research area.

    Best wishes

  10. D00B

    D00B Active Member

    Read it mate and replied. All the best with your website
  11. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Spooky, but a wonderful coincidence this week. I was preparing a new story for the website on Thursday evening, just the initial paper plan. I was short of any images for the man in question and contemplated using the cap badge of his original regiment, the Northumberland Fusiliers.

    Then on Friday afternoon I received an email contact via my website, from his grandson!!! :eek: :biggrin:

    Serendipity and synchronicity both.
  12. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

    (cue loud booming music as a huge black obelisk looms into view...)

    TNA moves in mysterious ways... ;)
  13. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

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  14. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    And here they are:

    Edward John Roberts.

    Roberts Edward.jpg

    And his pal, James Howes:

    Howes James.jpg

    Both men marched out of Burma in 1943 and survived the war to return home.
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  15. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

    Congrats... what is the head-count these days...?
  16. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi Mate,

    Depends what you mean. Family contacts or confirmed Longcloth participants/contributors? ;)
  17. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

    Both and/or all, of course... :biggrin:
  18. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Family contacts via the website is presently at 163.

    In 7 years of research across the full range of potential resource avenues, books, diaries, personal meetings, nominal rolls etc. etc.
    My participants roll, including RAF air supply personnel and Medical staff from post-operation hospitals; stands at 2961.
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  19. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...


    And as for Thursday, the answer's still no... ;)
  20. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I'll wait till your up top then the pressure will really begin.

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