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Photos from the memorial service for the 75th Anniversary of Chindit 2. March 3rd 2019:
The 75th Anniversary of Operation Thursday was commemorated at the new 77 Brigade's Hermitage Barracks over the weekend 22/23 June. The event was a fantastic success, with a whole host of entertainments and displays. Sadly, I was unable to attend myself due to family illness which was a great disappointment as you all can imagine. However, several of my contributions still made it to Hermitage, including a 470 + photographic slideshow of Chindit soldiers from the various columns.
Photographs to follow.
Here is last weekends itinerary, obviously I could not give the POW talk in the end :
FRIDAY 21 JUNE
PM Those staying in military accommodation on camp on Friday night arrive, take over their rooms and have an informal dinner in the Officers’ Mess (available 1900-2030)
SATURDAY 22 JUNE
0830-1000 Breakfast in the WOs & Sgts’ Mess - only for those who stayed overnight
1000-1100 Everyone gathers at the WOs & Sgts’ Mess in the Ante Room and on the Patio - please refrain from trying to visit the Stands while final preparations are being made
1100-1630 Stands available for people to visit, including: Chindit weapons and equipment (including real live mules), Chindit memorabilia, Chindit Society merchandise, and today’s 77thBrigade
A fly-past by a Spitfire of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight has been promised – time TBC
1230-1400 Lunch – cold buffet
1430-1530 Presentations on today’s 77th Brigade and Operation Thursday (Tony Redding) – Ante Room
1530-1630 Tea and cake
1630-1730 Return to accommodation/hotels and rest/change for dinner
1800-1830 Gather at the Officers’ Mess
1830-1915 Sunset Ceremony – Officers’ Mess Garden (with the Band of the 7th Rifles)
1930-0100 Chindit Reunion Dinner – Officers’ Mess Dining Room
SUNDAY 23 JUNE
0830-1000 Breakfast in the WOs & Sgts’ Mess – available for all (including those off-site)
1000-1230 Veterans’ Forum and Steve Fogden's Chindit POW other presentation - WOs & Sgts’ Mess
1230-1400 Curry Lunch – 1940’s themed music in background
As promised, some photographs from the 75th Anniversary event 22/23 June 2019:
The decision has been made for another cohort of Chindit veterans to march at this year's Cenotaph parade. After the success of last year it wasn't a difficult conclusion to come to, although our vets are now of course just that little bit older.
There is also now possibility that we will also be attending the Festival of Remembrance at the Albert Hall, as part of The Royal British Legion's Veterans of 44.
The latest edition of the Chindit Column (Autumn 2019) is available here:
New Resource - Chindit Society Autumn 2019 Newsletter
Eight Chindits marched at the Cenotaph this year (2019):
Colonel Mercer: 7th Battalion, The Nigeria Regiment. Mentioned in Despatches for gallantry.
Jim Clark: 1st Battalion, King’s (Liverpool) Regiment. Served with 81 Column, 77 Brigade. Flew in during March 1944.
Peter Heppell: Royal Engineers, attached to 1st King’s Regiment, 82 Column, 77 Brigade. Flew in by glider on his 24th birthday, March 5, 1944. Helped prepare a jungle airstrip for Dakotas flying in the main force.
John Hutchin: 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, 80 Column, 77 Brigade. Landed behind the lines, aged 19. Saw fierce fighting. Wounded by a mortar bomb.
Ian Niven: Signaller with 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Fought in the savage battles at White City railway “Block” and the town of Mogaung. In later life, presented with an MBE for services to football and youth development.
Alby Gibson: 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Saw close quarters combat. His Platoon Commander, Lt. George Cairns, was awarded a posthumous VC.
Sid Machin: King’s (Liverpool) Regiment, Signaller in 81 Column. Flew in by glider on March 5 1944.
Horace Howkins: 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment – 80 Column, 77 Brigade. Wounded by a grenade whilst blowing up a railway line.
Separate names with a comma.