Success in getting a change on the CWGC.

Discussion in 'Non-Commemorated War Dead' started by bamboo43, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi All,

    I have just received the very good news that one of the 1943 Chindits who lost his life in Burma has, at last, been placed (online at least) back into his correct unit.

    A friend of mine in Sweden has done sterling work, with a little bit of help from me, in getting the CWGC to change the soldiers details on his memorial page.

    We supplied them with several documents proving his true unit placement of 13th Kings Liverpool's. The documents included: column war diary mentions, Missing in Action notices, eye-witness accounts of his Chindit movements and his dispersal group details just prior to his death.

    A long journey, but success in the end. Now, what are the chances of them rectifying his mention on the Rangoon Memorial??:)

    Steve.
     
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  2. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    I had one Royal Artillery incorrectly listed as Northumberland Hussars Yeomanry (102 Anti-Tank Regt, RA) on the Brookwood Memorial which has been now been corrrected online to 102 LAA Regt, RA. I not holding my breath or expecting it to be done anytime soon. I will keep bugging them every couple of months though for an update on progress.;)
     
  3. Oggie2620

    Oggie2620 Senior Member

    Well done Bamboo. Ramacal will be rooting for you...
     
  4. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    All I can say is that it will happen in time when the panels at the respective memorials are replaced.

    I have found the proper resting places of several of those on the Tower Hill Memorial mainly Great War. When their graves are accepted by CWGC then their names effectively disappear from the database for Tower Hill & then appear at the respective cemetery. However on the ground the names will still appear on Tower Hill till the panels are replaced which with the bronze plaques will be a very long time
     
  5. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Great work and persistence certainly pays off.

    Very well done Gentlemen.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  6. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    Well done I sent them a list of uncommemorated SOE personnel and am still wrangling with them !!
     
  7. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    Jedburgh

    am also sending in a list of non commemorated SOE personnel; would you like to share names

    Chris
     
  8. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thanks for all your responses Gents,

    I noticed that this man was incorrectly placed when I was out in Burma and saw him attributed to the wrong regiment on the Rangoon Memorial. Ironically, he was on the same panel as the 13 KLR, but not with his true colleagues nonetheless.

    This upset me if I am honest and I told my friend in Sweden who then took up the cause. Slowly I found more and more documentary evidence to prove his Chindit credentials and this finally wore CWGC down.

    Lately, I have found out exactly what happened to the man in question and his fate in Burma was not a pleasant one to say the least. So it has made the CWGC's decision all the more poignant.

    Bamboo.
     
  9. WhiskeyGolf

    WhiskeyGolf Senior Member

    Well done Steve for persevering!
    WG
     
  10. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thanks WG,

    I really should state here, that I only collected the evidence and shared it with my pal Lars, he did the real work.

    Cheers.

    Steve.
     
  11. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Well done I sent them a list of uncommemorated SOE personnel and am still wrangling with them !!

    Good luck with that mate. I think in the end we sent them at least 8 different mentions of the soldier on what you and I would call 'official' documents. The last one being his dispersal group list with witness statement from a senior officer on the operation.
     

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