Whilst trawling through the newspapers looking for articles regarding members of the 1/King's Regiment who served in Burma, I came across this short mention of a N.C.O. in the Black Watch, whose story is worth telling. Home from Burma. Just in time for last week’s burst of seasonal weather, two Brechin “red hackle” lads wearing the coveted Chindit badge on their sleeve stepped from the train on Tuesday morning. They were back in the old home town after their share of adventure in the Burma fighting. C.Q.M.S. George S. Ballantine, since he last saw his home in Market Street, has won a medal for gallantry in the flood disaster in India in October 1941, undergone a severe course of training for jungle warfare, was wounded near Mawlu, then with two dozen other Chindits he manned a flying boat base on the Brahmaputra road, and since then he has been actively engaged in operations about which he is not giving much away. With C.Q.M.S. Ballantine was Pte. William Smith, of Albert Place, who has also done yeoman service with the Black Watch. Brechin Advertiser. 23rd January 1945. 2759635 Sgt George Stewart Ballantine. 2nd Black Watch, later 7th (Airborne) Btn. K.O.S.B.