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Service in Burma

Discussion in 'General' started by Barry Bowden, Dec 28, 2018.

  1. Barry Bowden

    Barry Bowden New Member

    Hi . I'm new to this site so I just may be in the wrong place. I'm trying to find out what medals my uncle would have received after serving 11 years in the Lancashire Fusiliers including ww2 service in China and Burma. He passed away quite some years ago and his medals were stolen when he was assaulted in his own home by burglars! Unknown to most family members my brother gave all his remaining memorabilia to the Fusiliers at Bury. I have his service number which I hope will assist me. Any advice gratefully received
  2. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    Welcome to the forum.

    Your best way forward is to apply for a copy of your uncle’s service record which will note his medal entitlement.

    Here is the link -

    Get a copy of military service records

    If you Post your uncles name I’m sure members may turn up some other relevant information

    Good Luck.

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  3. 509thPIB

    509thPIB Well-Known Member

  4. ozzy16

    ozzy16 Patron Patron

    Hi Barry, welcome to the forum.

    The Burma Star was awarded for service in the Burma campaign between 11 December 1941 and 2 September 1945, both dates inclusive. For the Army, service in any part of Burma qualified, as did service in Bengal and Assam between the same dates and service in China and Malaya between 10 February 1942 and 2 September 1945.
    For the Navy, six months operational service in the Bay of Bengal, as defined, including the Straits of Malacca, qualified. For shore based Naval personnel and for RAF ground crew, the requirements were the same as for army personnel.
    For RAF aircrew, the qualification was one operational sortie.

    Last edited: Dec 29, 2018
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  5. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum Barry. Steve's advice about getting uncle's service records is the best way forward. After this you will know where and when he served in each theatre. In general, the 1st and 10th Battalions of the LF's served in Burma, although some drafts from other LF units did serve in India with other regiments.

    JITTER PARTY Active Member

    And of course 1/8 LF was in 2 Brit Div and fought at Kohima and in Burma.
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  7. Barry Bowden

    Barry Bowden New Member

    Thanks Steve
    His name was William Carey (Sgt) Lancashire Fusiliers (Bury). He used to attend the Remembrance day parade at Bury
    Brilliant! So, it would be the 39/45 medal, Burma star,
  8. Barry Bowden

    Barry Bowden New Member

    I also had an uncle who served with the L F's before the war in India. He died of TB and was buried in the Himalayas... Aged 21!
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  9. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    His service records will tell you exactly which ones he was entitled to - there could be others

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  10. ozzy16

    ozzy16 Patron Patron

    Whilst waiting for your relatives service record (takes 4-6 weeks, but have been known to arrive in just a few weeks)
    A good source of information, including 1st batt, Lancashire fusilier's activities fighting alongside the Chindits in Burma as part of the famous 77 Indian Infantry Brigade, under Brigadier Orde Wingate. Graham.
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