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The fourth Society newsletter is now available to download from our Resources section:
New Resource - Chindit Society newsletter Autumn 2017
As we approach the 75th Anniversary of Operation Longcloth on the 15th February 2018, the Chindit Society website is running a diary to commemorate the expedition on a week by week basis. More here:
Welcome to the Chindit Society - The Chindit Society
The fifth Society newsletter is available from my website pages. Also featured are articles and photographs from some of the more recent Chindit veteran's outings:
The Chindit Society
Very interesting newsletter Steve, was it really over ten years ago that Pun VC settled in the UK? Tempus Fugit!
Thanks Lee. I have no idea where the time goes these days.
It is with great sadness that I have to announce the recent passing of Reg Salisbury (1st Essex Regiment on Chindit 2) and Bill Smyly, Animal Transport officer for 5 Column in 1943 and 16th Brigade in 1944. Both soldiers were absolute gentlemen and great stalwarts of the Old Comrades Association and lately of the Chindit Society.
That day's getting closer, me Ol' Bamboo... rip...
Thanks HC. Very sad to lose both Reg and Bill so close to the 75th Anniversary event at the National Arboretum in June. As you say, sands of time wait for no man.
Bill was one of the last Blackpool veterans... Other that one Gent in Ullapool I cannot remember of any others...?
That's right HC. He has been the main source of Longcloth information for a good while now. We still have 50-60 Chindits around, but very few of these are fit enough to attend functions. Without them as the focus, I'm not sure how long the reunions etc. will last.
Gearing up now in readiness for the 75th Anniversary of Operation Longcloth celebrations at the National Arboretum on Saturday. Lots still to do, but its quite exciting.
Reporting back a wonderful day on Saturday, as we commemorated the 75th Anniversary of Operation Longcloth. Six veterans formed the focus of the event, which included a memorial service at the National Arboretum, attended by around 120 people, followed by wreath laying at the Chindit Memorial and a Reunion Dinner back at Walsall, the traditional home of the Old Comrades Association.
Well done to all those who participated and those who organised it.
Nice to have had so many present... sad that there are now so few of them left...
Thanks Gents, it really was a great day. Now we do it all again for next year!!
I was pleased to attend Bill Smyly's funeral today in Bedford. A fabulous turn-out of well over 200 friends and family gathered at St. Andrew's Church, Kimbolton Road. A Gurkha Piper played Bill in to church and there were no fewer than 10 Standard Bearers present. I learned a lot more about Bill Smyly the man this afternoon and his quite remarkable life.
Well done on your enduring support for the guys Steve.
Thanks Pete. A few images to show what a great send-off Bill had:
This Remembrance Sunday will see the return of a Chindit contingent marching in the Cenotaph parade. The veterans will be asked to take their places in wheelchairs, this mainly to enable the platoon to move in unison and the vets will be pushed by members of the recently formed 77 Brigade, known as the Cyber Chindits by the media.
It is likely that the Chindits will feature quite early in the march past, but still with over 2000 participants marching before us. Looking forward to next week and hoping for decent weather. Not too cold and not too wet.
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