Chindit website at last!!!

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

  1. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Quick update on my new family connections. Granddad's younger brother Frank served with the Yorks and Lancs in the 25th Infantry Division (India) in the Arakan region of Burma in 1944. (Enes, how incredible is that!!).

    One of his other brothers, Sid was killed in a road traffic accident in August 1945. He was with the 8th Reserve Regiment RA. I think the accident occurred whilst he was on duty, but am not 100% sure of that.

    Casualty Details

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  2. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I've been up to Liverpool this weekend, mostly on Chindit business involving the Museum of Liverpool Life. On the journey home, I diverted to the National Arboretum at Alrewas.

    The diversion was to at last visit the Far East section of the Arboretum to view a new plaque, which contains the names of several Chindits who took part on the operations in 1943 and 1944. The name of my grandfather, Arthur Leslie Howney was included on the memorial in recognition of the work I have put in on behalf of the men from Chindit 1.

    I was incredibly honoured and overwhelmed by this gesture, as you might all appreciated.

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  3. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    Hi Steve,

    Well that is incredible. Seems that your connection with Burma is really strong. Do you maybe know which battalion? If I'm not wrong there were two battalions of the York & Lancs in the 25th, 8th and 9th I think. I have some short history of 25th Indian Division that I could send you by email if you are interested

    Cheers
    Enes
     
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  4. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi Enes,

    Yes, it was the 8th and 9th battalions. I do not know which one as yet, but I hope to speak with my newly found family connections soon. It is possible that they will not know much themselves, but I intend to encourage them to apply for his service records in any case, so we should find out.

    I would be grateful for the paperwork you mention plea.

    Best wishes

    Steve
     
  5. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Today I received several photographs of my grandfather's younger brother, Fred. Here is a photograph, I will add more detail in relation to his WW2 service later.

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  6. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

    Roll back a line or two... you had two members of the family who were in Burma and it had totally slipped by you...? Well go t' foot of our stairs...:D
     
  7. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Yes, how incredible is that, and Frank served in the same division as the 3/2 Gurkhas during their follow on action in the Arakan after being on Longcloth. Anyway, try and keep up mate.:)
     
  8. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

    (Bloomin' cheek):bandit:
     
  9. Warlord

    Warlord Veteran wannabe

    :salut:

    Good show, mate!
     
  10. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

    Merry Crimbo Ladies and Gents... and a good year's hunting to come... Slainte Mhath... :cheers:
     
  11. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    On the approach to my website's 6th anniversary, here are some numbers:

    Website hits: 899611

    Chindit veterans contacted: 11

    Longcloth families found via the site: 279

    Thanks for all your help WW2Talk.:salut:
     
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  12. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

    Pretty good statistics, to say the least, B43... (insclutable :D glin)
     
  13. BarbaraWT

    BarbaraWT Member

    It looks fabulous. As a newbie to the site I would like to see a short summary of who the Chindits are and what they did :) Hope that helps :)
    Regards
    Barbara
     
  14. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thanks Barbara. I've been meaning to take a look at how I might re-vamp the informational pages on the site. :)
     
  15. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

    How's that book coming along...? :seeno:
     
  16. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    It is a speck in the milkman's eye HC. One day, one day.
     
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  17. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    As I slept last night, my website hit counter went past one million!! Who would have thought it?

    Thanks to everyone for their support over the past 5 years or so and for helping me achieve this landmark. :salut:
     
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  18. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

    Well knock me down with a Chindit pack... :moh:
     
  19. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I know, never would of dreamt of this happening. Cheers everyone.
     
  20. Pete Keane

    Pete Keane Senior Member

    Hi Steve,

    Glad to see you're still on it, I need to go through the site and get back up to speed!

    Regards

    Pete
     

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