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British 14th Army Soldiers in Burma

The British Fourteenth Army was a multinational force comprising units from Commonwealth countries during World War II.


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  • Jean Hunt on 2011-Jan-26 01:07:26 Jean Hunt said

    My grandfather was in this corp. Just wondering if anyone has photo's or memories of the 14th corp in Burma.
    Would love to hear from you.
  • Andy on 2011-Jul-07 09:48:15 Andy said

    The Picture of the Five soldiers in Burma i am very proud to say that the chap in the very front is my Grandad Joseph Lester who passed away 16/06/2011
  • Cody Burgoyne on 2011-Dec-15 08:15:06 Cody Burgoyne said

    my grandfather John Burgoyne was in the 14th army in burma if anyone has pictures or any type of thing to do with my grandfather please email me, he died in 1965 so i never met him id like to see more pictures of him. thank you
  • Trudi on 2011-Dec-28 13:10:27 Trudi said

    My father, Stanley Woodrow Hart, was in the 129 Field Regiment, RA of the 17th Indian Division of the 14th Army. The family would love to hear more about his time there and to see any photos of him. Sadly he passed away a few years ago. What we do know is that he embarked for Dulally in 1941. He went up the Brama Putra river to Camilla, then flew to Northern Burma and joined the 17th, then went further north, then south through Mandalay and Rangoon. He was awarded the 1939-45 Star, the Burma Star, Home Defence, Long Service, Good Conduct and Victory medals. Any help would be gratefully received....
  • Jackie Hawkins on 2012-Feb-25 21:59:51 Jackie Hawkins said

    My father Cple Edward (Ted) Finch served in the 17th Indian div in Burma, he was batman to Major General (Punch) Cowan for just about the wholec ampaign and was mentioned in despatches of which he never spoke. he passed away a few years ago and i would apreciate and be very gratefull for any information on him, as i have had great difficulty in obtaining any.
  • Tony Seymour on 2012-Apr-07 03:52:02 Tony Seymour said

    My Father William[Bill] Seymour who passed away age 81 in July 1969.
    was with the the Royal Corps of Signals with the 14th army.
    All the best to you all.
    Tony his youngest son
  • Graham Bell on 2012-Apr-09 05:06:52 Graham Bell said

    My Dad served in the workshops supporting the 14th in Burma.

    He died at the age of 93 on 28 March 2012 and is being cremated in Bushbury Wolverhampton on 17 April.

    I seem to recall his best mate was Johnny Burns - from the North East think - maybe Sunderland?

    Anyone add anything further,

  • Angela and Margaret Ming on 2012-Jul-07 17:23:40 Angela and Margaret Ming said

    Our father, Henry George Ming was a signalsman in the 14th. He went to Burma after his training at Cattrick late 1942. We have no idea what he was involved with in Burma as he, like many others didnt talk about it in later life. He stayed after the end of the war as a paymaster for the 8th Rear Army RFT HU 109 (Bangalore) Area and eventually departed from Bidadi for England on March 7th 1946. If anyone can tell us anything about anything we would be delighted! Whenever we search his name we get no results at all! If there are some hints as to how we can find out about his time in Burma and even about when he was in would help! Dad died in 1971 here in New Zealand, where we moved in 1952. At that time, Dad was still suffering from mild bouts of malaria. He still had his morse code key, which we played with as kids and eventually lost all the parts!!
    Hoping for some feedback...Mag and Ang.
  • John Verdin on 2012-Aug-17 08:25:50 John Verdin said

    My father, Ernest Verdin, served in Burma and India during ww2. His service number is 2051818.
    I have entered his name into countless web searches but his name is not coming up. Has anybody got any suggestions as to how I can find his military records. Any help would be appreciated.
  • chris brown on 2012-Aug-18 08:55:41 chris brown said

    John are you sure you've got the service number right? it's easy to get it wrong!
    On a different matter...I've nearly completed writing a short book on Kohima, but if anyone has any relevant material from parents or grandparents letters/diaries etc that they would like to share, or photos./drawings of WW2 Burma or India that they would be willing to see published do get in touch with me, Dr. Chris Brown at
  • Rosemary Ferguson on 2012-Oct-26 13:47:13 Rosemary Ferguson said

    My grandfather Dennis Caddis, was a gunner in the RHF & fought WW11 in Burma. He was part of 14th Army. I'm sorry i do not have anymore information than that, as he would never speak of it other than they were known as the "Forgotten Army". any info or photos of the 14th army would be very much appreciated thanks
  • Thomas Jones on 2012-Nov-02 05:14:53 Thomas Jones said

    I was in the 14th Army and 19th Indian in Burma.((3450638)..I am still alive...(90 years old). My great niece is typing this for me.
    I joined the 2/8th Lancashire on the 11th May 1939...I lied about my age...I was transfered to 33 LAA Regiment R.A which became the 33 ant/tank regiment RA...which later became 33 Jungle Field Reg RA.
    I live in Manchester and was presented with the Burma Star....

    I would like to hear from anyone who is still alive and that I may have served with: Terry Brazil..Peter Robertson...Charlie (Chico) Nelson....Colonel DR Ledward....Sgt...Tommy King...
  • nicola on 2012-Nov-12 15:14:01 nicola said

    my grandad was in the forgotten army.i have a photograph of him wearing his uniform+hat like the photo on this forum.I'll upload it when i can.he never said anything about the war-refused to talk about it point blank "forget about the war" he'd say..and I knew not to ever ask him again.Id love to know if there is anybody out there who may have known him. george joseph roberts,merseyside/cheshire.i dont know what regiment he was in?
  • welshy on 2013-Jan-31 12:08:57 welshy said

    My father was a Driver in the 590 Tank Transporter Company in ww2 he was based in Burma, india.............if anyone has any info on the 590 tt coy please let me know.......... thanks Hugh
  • Liz on 2013-Feb-21 08:20:47 Liz said

    I have a very dear friend whose father served in this regiment and was wondering if anyone has any photo's or stories. Thanks so much.
    Joseph Thomas Cater. Birthdate 30 th June 1926 from east London
  • Lesley ayres on 2013-Feb-28 09:35:37 Lesley ayres said

    My father was in the forgotten army and it looks to me as if he is the third one in the photo. His name is Walter (Wal or Wally)
    Page. Can anyone tell me if I am right and what they know about him. He passed at in November 1984 and would have been 100 last November. I would be very grateful for any communciation and information you have please. Many thanks.

    (his daugher)
  • Michelle Argent (Jones) on 2013-May-05 15:32:58 Michelle Argent (Jones) said

    My Grandad Frank (Francis) Jones was also in the 14th Army posted in Burma! What a great website this is. Unfortunately he passed away in 1952.
  • Pamela Dei-Ceci on 2013-Jul-09 14:04:38 Pamela Dei-Ceci said

    My Uncle was in the 14th Army...i really dont know much more than that as like most of the others who served at this time did not talk about his time out there. He passed away in 1988 never having married. His name was Thomas Familton aka Toss. He did get drunk one night and told of the time when they were to be airlifted out but ended up having to walk out of the jungle due to Japanese firing on them as they tried to reach the gliders. We were all shocked when he told us this much...if anyone can remember him i would be really grateful to hear anything they can remember about him
  • julia stacey on 2013-Jul-27 14:26:54 julia stacey said

    hi, my father fought with the fourteenth army, 19th indian div burma between 1944-45. He was awarded the burma star, 1939-45 star and 1939-45 war medal. His name was Sgt Harry Christopher Sutton. He died in 1999 and is missed every day. He told me a few tales of his time in the jungle and i am incredibly proud of him. I have tried to find his details in the war records but keep draeing a blank. If anyone out there can remember my dad or has photos that you think he may be on please get in touch.
    many thanks.....julia stacey (nee Sutton)
  • Tim Scale on 2013-Aug-02 15:36:35 Tim Scale said

    My grandfather was a brigade major in the 14th army and also was in the 12th frontier regiment. We are told he was also aide-de-camp to general wavell. But unfortunately we can not find any information on this. I don't have his service number.

    His name was John Harris White, from Haverfordwest. He passed away in 1997.

    I would appreciate any input, sadly I was too young to ask questions before he passed, and he never spoke openly of the war to his children before he passed. I would love to know more about him and his comrades services.
  • Angus Wolfendale on 2013-Sep-02 10:06:57 Angus Wolfendale said

    My Father, Leslie (Les) Wolfendale served in the 14th Army in Burma - he was working in Signals. Names I remember him mentioning were Jack Stephens (who got Berri-Berri) and "Binksie". Sad;y Dad and Jack are both now deceased. They remained life-long friends after the war.

    I had a photo of Dad sat on a Willy's Jeep, high in the mountains with another couple of soldiers. Unfortunately it got lost in a house move. The men in the photo were thin and gaunt, with a wild look in their eyes. He talked rarely of the experience, only to mention the leeches from the swamps, having to eat bugs from the trees, covering their rope beds in paraffin and setting fire to it in order to kill the bugs, the "bully" beef that was like water when they opened the tins due to the heat it had been exposed to.

    He mentioned seeing Captain James Williams, known as "Elephant Bill". He mentioned the Gurkhas bringing the heads of Japanese soldiers to the camp each morning to be paid per-head by the British Army.

    If anyone knew my Father I would be delighted to hear from them.

    Angus (youngest son).
  • Sarah Waite (nee Whitehead) on 2013-Sep-04 08:23:59 Sarah Waite (nee Whitehead) said

    My father was also in Burma. He was with The Kings (Liverpool) Regt. 81 column, in Wingates 1944 expedition. Like so many others have stated, he never spoke about the war - a quick mention of gliders and mules with their voice boxes removed - but like so many of you whose stories I have read here, my father passed on a few years ago without my ever knowing enough to be able to realise his immense courage. We found a lot of things that he had kept from this time (not even my mother knew they were there!) and this has encouraged me to find out as much as possible about these amazing men and this incredible expedition. I have a wonderful book called War in the Wilderness by Tony Redding (whose father was also a Chindit) - I recommend it highly to anyone wanting to find out more.
  • James Mackie on 2013-Sep-12 04:00:42 James Mackie said

    My father Edward Mackie who was from Glasgow was in Rangoon during WW2 I cannot find any records of him and wonder if anyone could give me some information it would be very appreciated. Thanks
  • Phil Ashton on 2013-Nov-04 02:10:57 Phil Ashton said

    My father, Ray Ashton, was a scouser and in Slim's Forgotten 14th as a Sergeant also working in Signals. He died two years ago age 92 and only when he unwittingly over-drank, which was a rarity, did he talk at all about his time in Burma. He did say many a time that he has enormous respect for William Slim as a leader of men - tho he had a bit of a chequered career after the war as Governor General of Australia. We emigrated to NZ in 1958 because my father hated the English class system and he had met Kiwis during the war and their laid back, easy-going style hugely appealed to Ray. He also spoke of the leeches and being perpetually forced to sleep in damp conditions. He never lost his Morse skills. I too would love to hear other news of the only army which won a land battle against the Japanese, especially the role of Signals in this area of the campaign. Good on you all for searching. The answers are out there somewhere. It would be neat if the Army war records were loaded and you could trace where relatives were based - did the Generals even know?
  • Graham Barnard on 2013-Nov-13 10:31:14 Graham Barnard said

    My Dad served with the 27th Field Regiment Royal Artillary. He was Eric Eugene Barnard, known of course as "Barney". His service number 321320. I have his full service record from the day he joined up to his death, including copies of the war correspondances notes of the day to day happenings in the prior three weeks up to his death. He was seemongly killed by a direct hit in the company of 2 BOR`s as forward observation directing the guns. The BOR`s were only injured. He was killed at 11.10am on November 1944 25th. How i wished i had tried to get in touch with those who may have known him, but i realise that i have left it rather late!! I have visited his grave at Rangoon on a pilgrimage with the RB Legion and carry very fond memories of that visit. The trip was headed by Piers Storie-Pugh accompanied by the late David Knowles. If anyone wishes to contact me my email is PLEASE contact me if anyone sees this and has any info.
    Thank you to all the Burma Star boys who fought so hard for our freedom.
  • david connah on 2013-Dec-10 11:59:28 david connah said

    I am trying to get information about my father Claud Connah who was in the 14 army in Burma during ww2. I have contacted national archive without success. being told records lost due to enemy action, presumably by V1 V2. Occasional he mentioned time spent in Rangoon and also building a pontoon bridge across the Irrawaddy. (?)I also know he was evacuated from Calais around the time of Dunkirk. He then spent time as part of the garrison on Gibraltar. Any info regarding above would be very welcome.
  • Awais Adil Khan on 2014-Jan-26 00:05:42 Awais Adil Khan said

    my grandad was in the forgotten army.i have a photograph of him wearing his uniform + hat.I'll upload it when i can.he never said anything about the war-refused to talk about it point blank "forget about the war" he'd say..and I knew not to ever ask him again.Id love to know if there is anybody out there who may have known him. .i dont know what regiment he was in?
  • Roger Neal on 2014-Jan-30 03:49:49 Roger Neal said

    My father was in XIV Army. He was a signaller with 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment in 20th Indian Division. He was involved in covering the retreat of 17th Indian Division along the Tiddim Road and then along The Silchar Track and the Battle of Imphal. For many years until his death in 2010 he was a member of The Burma Star Association branch in Birmingham. I first met his comrades in the branch in 1995 during the 50th Anniversary Commemorations. I used to take him to branch meetings right up to a few weeks before he died. I am still involved with the branch as an Honorary Friend member and now have the extreme honour of being their Public Releations Officer and Standard Bearer as none of the veterans in the branch are sufficiently fit to carry it. I maintain a Facebook page for the branch which has a following that now seems to be growing into an international group. It can be found at if anyone is interested feel free to visit and give us a like. I have posted advice on it for helping interested parties to research their relatives service in the "Forgotten" Burma Campaign of WWII. Good luck to all who are reseaching, and keep up the good work in remembering the "Forgotten" XIV Army.
  • Tom Coates on 2014-Feb-23 05:27:00 Tom Coates said

    My old Regt, 3rd Carabiniers, served in 14th Army, Burma 1943-1945, and were a tank (Cavalry) unit, who fought at Kohima/Imphal then
    down through Burma until war was ended. Anyone who wants info on the conditions etc can access several books such as IMPHAL, by
    Lt General G Evans and A Brett-James among others. There is also the Regimental history of my old Regt, or any others which served in Burma, and you will understand why those who were there did not like talking about their experiences.
    3rd Carabiniers, (Prince of Wales Dragoon Guards O.C.A. celebrate the 70th Anniversary of their Nunshigum Battle Honour this year.
    We still have a few members who served in Burma 1943-1945. They do not often talk about those days.
    I hope this helps those who want more information of their loved ones from those days,

  • david varney on 2014-Mar-03 11:18:01 david varney said

    I have been trying tot get my dads records for quite some time now, with no regiment or army number I thought that was why I had been unsuccessful, but
    reading all these comments, it makes me feel a little better about "getting nowhere" My dad was Frederick Charles Varney from London. He was shot in
    the side of his face and luckily, the bullet came out through his neck. He never wanted to talk about his time in Burma, but he did tell us that a snake was
    wrapped around one of his men one morning, and he had to shoot it before the soldier woke up and move, as it would have tightened up around him and
    killed him! Unfortunately, dad died in 1971 and I never got the chance to find out more of his experiences, although I wished I had asked more questions.
    I feel very proud of him and only wished I had the chance to tell him.
  • Janette Gazzard on 2014-Mar-22 10:14:18 Janette Gazzard said

    I am trying to trace details of my father's army record. He died in 1963 and was born in 1918. His name was William Albert Hancock. All I know is that he was in the Catering Corps and fought in Burma. I believe he did his training in Dorset. He was born in Portishead, Somerset. If anyone can give me any clues as to what Regiment he might have been in I would be very grateful so that I can start my research. He finished his army career as a Corporal (Acting Sergeant).
  • COLIN WILSON on 2014-Mar-31 04:48:52 COLIN WILSON said

    My dad served in XlV army in Burma, Ceylon etc. I do have some pictures which I will upload. As many of you have said my dad never spoke about the war, he told me his army number probably twice but he said it si quickly I could never remember it. Dad and I applied for his medals ( I think he gave into me in the end) he filled in his number etc then sent it in before I had a chance to see his number and copy it. His name was Hertbert Wilson from Harrow and died out here in Australia in 2001 aged 87. He did tell me he drove a truck pulling a rather large gun behind other than that nothing I'm afraid!! We do have his badges and the tin Victory V's they where given after V J day. The only thing he really talked about was the tattoos on his arms, he (and his mates) would get drunk and he would wake up the next morning with another one, he had six in all. I think the artistry was great but he hated them. Dad finally spent three months in Wales before Demob, somewhere on the coast, possibly Barry? This is the first time I have seen anything on the fourteenth army, I typed it in and was surprised to see so much on the web that was not available only a few years ago. I would give anything to find out what and where he fought. One other thing I remember him saying was he was on a ship heading for Singapore (he was supposed to be on the previous ship but, his truck and gun wouldn't fit onto the deck) when his ship was turned around as Singapore had just fallen to the Japaneese. The previous ship had apparently docked before they could turn back.

    I'll find the pictures this week if I can and download them soon

  • Sidney Harvey(  Steaky) on 2014-May-18 07:28:17 Sidney Harvey( Steaky) said

    I was with 14th Army Signals during the Burma campaign. Earlier, I was on the Arakan with 4th Corps Signals Finally from Imphal down to Rangoon it was 14th Army Signals
    Now as I shall soon be 95 years old I wonder if there are any other chaps, from those units mentioned, still alive

    My father Ronald Henry Walton born Dec 1918 in Liverpool was in Burma during WW2. I am trying to find out anything about his army history. Without regiment or service number this is very difficult. All I know is that his regiment was in the Fall of Rangoon, he would never talk about his experience in Burma as with so many others that served. I feel he may have been in the Signal Corps. If there is anyone who knows of him I would dearly like some information. Sadly he passed away in 1974, a young 55yrs. Thanks
  • Jess on 2014-May-19 15:35:12 Jess said

    My grandad was in burma ww2 I have no idea what regiment he was from. He did not like to speak of his time there, but one day he told me a story and I will treasure it forever! My grandad willam Baughan was lost in the jungle for 6 months and was pronounced dead to his wife. He said he had a donkey that was his best friend. He survived by getting the aid bags that the planes dropped. He did make me laugh he said he all ways knew what package had the fags and alcohol in as it would be the first one he would get.
  • lee coppen on 2014-Jun-01 07:18:06 lee coppen said

    My grandad Alfred connigale was in Burhma, I never met him he died in the 70s, but I'm proud of him
  • Yvonne Crowley on 2014-Jun-04 20:42:11 Yvonne Crowley said

    This is in reply to Sidney Harvey's comment above on the 18th May 2014.
    My dad was in the 4th Corp Signals. I wonder if you knew him? He died in 1991 and would have been 101 this year. His name was Frederick, George, James, Richards and came from Shropshire, but was born in Bethnal Green. He was a Dispatch Rider. Unfortunately I know very little of what he did although I do have some of his Burma photos. One I have looks at if it was taken with him and some mates sitting in a Burmese thatched hut. Their surnames were Darling, King, Watts, Pool, Hall, Isles & Clasper. Perhaps some one else may recognize these names? There is also another photo of several Burmese boys sitting in the same hut all smoking cigarettes. I also have a (Not very clear photo) of Kohima plus some others. But they all need to be scanned
  • Derek Harrison on 2014-Jun-07 16:34:20 Derek Harrison said

    My father served with the 14th Army in Burma during WWII. He was in 2 Div as he called it and was a Gunner in the Royal Artillery and was like others mentioned here a Signaller. He was Gunner C.D.Harrison, and would have only been known to his friends as Denis Harrison. Unlike many above he did speak at length about his time in India and Burma.
    He was from Birmingham and I know that he did some if not all his basic training near Redcar.
    He was a butcher before he joined up and said he became Regimental Butcher and should have held the rank of Sgt but said he wasn't promoted as he was the only who know how to chlorinate their water, more likely though he was too outspoken.
    I remember him speaking very fondly about General Bill Smith and also held Earl Mountbatten in high regard. He did tell of being present at sometime when Mountbatten addressed his troops very impromptu, getting on a wooden crate so he could be heard and seen by all those gathered there. Dad was definately not a great fan of the Royal Family but he was very proud to have served under Mountbatten.
    I remember as a teenager getting him to teach me morse code which was still able to rattle out without much trouble. He was in Bombay and Calcutta and can remember him speaking of one of the main streets which he referred as the Chowringy or similar. He told of Britsh Soldiers wrecking a cinema in Calcutta, I think, when it screened an Errol Flynn film called Objective Burma depicting the Americans defeating the Japanese in Burma. Whilst in India he stated they were originally trained as part of a Joint Operation that would have made an amphibious landing against the Japanese, probley the Arrakan Compaign that never took place
    He was a driver and drove Bren Gun Carriers and the Quad and Limbers amongst other vehicles. I recall him talking about their self propelled guns which I'm sure he referred to as Priest Guns mounted with howitzers. He told of travelling into Burma with their artillery pieces and having to haul them up and down hill sides. He would tell tales about being sent out with an officer as forward op's and then directing fire onto enemy positions while in Burma.
    On the subject of Officers he mentioned one in particular who had dicky shoulder that would become dislocated and the officer would relocate himself. He did mention friends he served with though I don't believe he ever kept in touch with any for long after they where demobbed. We have quite a few photographs including some of him with his mates/comrades while serving out there. There are also photographs which he said he bought as keep sakes showing places like Imphal and Kohema. We still have a lot of his keep sakes such as newspapers and other memorabilia he bought back.
    Dad returned to England and after demob came back to his family home in Birmingham. He wouldn't go back in the butchery trade and took work as a driver initially and eventually blagged his way into the engineering trade working finally at the Rover works in Birmingham. Dad passed away in 1997 aged 75 following a long illness with COPD.
    One of our neighbours in Birmingham, Ray Johnson, turned out to have also served with the 14th Army in Burma but was in another Division who I think the emblem was of a Rhino but foggy on that now.
    Will have a search through dad's photo's when I see my sister next who keeps them all and see if we can glean any of the names of his friends and comrades he served alongside.
  • Ray Barber on 2014-Jun-09 13:39:44 Ray Barber said

    My father was Jack Barber, he served in Slims forgotten army. He had a lot of respect for slim. Like many others I have read about he would never talk about his experiences there. I remember as a young child I would wake up to the sound of my dad screaming, my mum said it was a malaria attack, he had these well into my teenage years. My mother said he only weighed 6 stone when he came home. The only time he ever spoke about things was when he was drunk, he once said he had been promoted, "what did you do I asked" "nothing" he said "all the people above me had been killed"

    If anyone knows anything about Jack Barber either in India or Burma please let me know, I would love to find out more.
    Sadly he died in 2001 aged 82 from heart failure, he was a great dad and granddad and deeply missed.
    One more thing he told me was he kept a bottle of Gin in his boot buried under his bed and had a good drink to help him face the day. He never touched Gin after the war. Good luck everyone in finding out about loved ones in what must have been horrible circumstances.
  • Darren Hawkins on 2014-Jul-05 13:51:24 Darren Hawkins said

    hi my grandad is on this pic 3rd up from the front any servicemen who new him his name was bob hawkins man in front I believe is a man called jack lees
  • Chloe on 2014-Aug-06 16:57:04 Chloe said

    Hi does anybody have any info about VICTOR HAWKINS (Great grandad) and DONALD BROWN ( Boyfriends Great grandad) Pls say if you have any info

    Chloe and James
  • Lin on 2014-Aug-31 04:19:14 Lin said

    Hi just wondered if you would have any information on a william padmore who fought with the ghurkas in 1940's please
    he got shot by a jap and went missing for years
  • Jane Walker on 2014-Sep-09 00:07:05 Jane Walker said

    My father Jesse 'George' Smithwas a BQMS in the 14th Army in Burma. All papers/records lost.
    Please can anybody help?
  • Dr Hazel Barker on 2014-Sep-15 05:11:23 Dr Hazel Barker said

    The photograph above has brought back so many memories of my Dad's photos, lost in house moves sadly. His name was John William Kirby (Bill). He also would never talk much about his experiences - except that he had enormous respect for William Slim, and for his friends, 'Taffy' Jones, and 'Chalky' White. Mother said he weighed only 7stone when he came home and was 'yellow' - so much so that she failed to recognise him! He suffered from bouts of malaria throughout my childhood, which was not only terrible for him to go through but also terrible to have to witness.
    It was wonderful to find this website and read all the other comments.
    I am visiting the National Arboretum in September 2014 and shall visit the Kohima memorial. I am also proud to say that I shall have the honour of laying a wreath at our local cenotaph as President of a local women's society and shall be wearing my father's medals in tribute to him and to all the other brave men mentioned here.
  • Mac on 2014-Sep-15 10:09:04 Mac said

    My dad Jogindar Singh a Sikh from Punjab I think he was in The Burma Riffle, passed away 1989. He used to tell story when he went to join the army,how he saluted the English officer, with chest pumped up, and the officer asked him what you want in Hindi, and dad replied I want to join, being over 6 foot tall and well built, the officer looked up and down at him and said go and give your name. He all so used to tell how at one point they where ambushed by the Japs soldiers and only a hand full managed survived. I also did not managed to get any information on him
  • Lin Ingram on 2014-Sep-17 16:44:46 Lin Ingram said

    Hi just wondered
    if there is any information on my uncle bill who fought in Burma
    with the chindits under Wingate.

    His full name was William Padmore known as bill, he fought in burma
    got shot, and was missing for years.
    any information would be great.
  • natasha Louise Kingson on 2014-Sep-24 06:11:44 natasha Louise Kingson said

    Hi my grandfather fought in Burma during ww2. He was a welsh soldier but im not sure who with. His name was Watkin Matthews and was born on 29th January 1920. Does anyone have any information or pictures of him in Burma? I would be really interested to find out more. He and his wife are no longer with us to ask them about it.

    Thanks in advance

    Mrs Kingston

    ps he had military tattoos on both his forearms if that's any help
  • Liz May on 2014-Nov-09 08:11:34 Liz May said

    Have recently discovered information about my Father's service during the war, Egerton (Jack) May. He was enlisted into the 55th King's Regiment - Liverpool, Royal Signals in 1939. Posted out to India in 1942, was in Mhow training camp (B) 1944 and then sent into Burma with the 4th Corps, 1944(?). Like so many others have said, Dad very rarely talked about his time there, only a couple of comments now and again and sadly kept his medals locked away (I now have them mounted with other army bits and they sit proudly on my wall!). His brother commented that he, "hated" his time out there. You realise when it's too late to tell them, how proud you are of what they did. I do have some photos of him and others in camps and am more than happy to share them.
    With regard to finding records, I went through, "Veterans-uk" and followed links. You need to pay, but I now have records of where Dad was and can read about it. It's worth looking at.

    If by any chance anyone knew of my Dad through their own relatives it would be good to hear from you?!

    My dad would have been 104 this year!

    Thank you to all those who being remembered today!
  • Carly Small on 2014-Nov-09 14:12:28 Carly Small said

    This is in reply to Thomas Jones who wrote in 2012 and perhaps Yvonne Crowley who wrote in 2014. Although I don't know much about it, my Grandad was a SSgt Tommy King (2360133). He was in the Royal Signals and was enlisted on 15th July 1939. He was on his way to India in 1942 when his boat got diverted to Burma. Unfortunatly my grandad died in 2002 at 84 years old.
    Carly x
  • Kenneth Edward  Berry on 2014-Dec-06 18:02:45 Kenneth Edward Berry said

    Hi My uncle Ken literally disa ppeared from Liverpool early in the war. But he had taught me how to march properley, and all the rfle drills with fixed bayonet and no bayonet.. I was nine but quite tall. One lunch time I was at his house in Finchley Road Anfield Liverpool just aroound the corner from my mum and dad's house in Hornsey Road. He had been showing me how to present arms,bayonet fixed no scabbard, Ashe told me the next movement Right Heel tucked into left foot centre. Rifle to go verical perfectly perpendicular in one snappy movement/ All of a sudden some plaster came down from the ceiling and the broken glass shade. It had gone through the ceiling and was solidly stuck in the foor boards of the bedroom above us. His wife aunty Marjorie was a bit of a mean lady, my mothers sister. By this time he was in fits of laughter and so was I.He chased me home to get my mum to come over and help him tidy up. Mum's look of horror and mine I think started another laughing streak. I think the words are just about right."Ken your on embarkation leave, might be better if you leave now" Uncle ken had got the bayonet and rifle down OK, but also with it was the lovely big plaster round pattern plaster and about another 1/4 of the ceiling. When my aunt got home she didn't even notice the missing ceiling, maybe she didn't go into the lounge. So she came over to our place,as she knew uncle Ken would be at our place.. My mum worked for the Prudential Insurance Company and she was the agent that had insured their house.She told aunt that the ceiling must have been faulty and had just fallen down on me and uncle Ken.. By the following weekend he had gone and I never saw him again.. I heard him once on the BBC when he spoke for 30 seconds. That would be a couple of years or more after he had left the UK. It was on a Sunday morning ad each soldier was allowed a thirty second speech. There were about 80 people in our house as we had a good Cossor radio. But by this time my aunt had got a boy friend and no one would have anything to do with her. Senior moment not sure if it was late 1945 or early1946. Hen we knew was coming home. He was arriving at the Pier Head Liverpool and two days before Mum found a letter from my aunt telling her to meet uncle Ken. That she had left him and not to chase her. My mum took uncle Ken to her other sister aunty Dora and her husband Uncle John who was on leave after being back from the Middle east for about a week. He was a W/O in the RAF.
    Uncle Keeeeen stayedf with them for almost a week but I never saw him as Mum told me he wasn't himcself after what had happened. I had been to his mothers house in London 99, Essendine Mansions Maida Vale, just round the corner from Lords Cricket Ground. Had tried to get in Touch but I was an Graduate Student Engineer and had to go to Scotland in 1951. To finish my Studie's and no one failed them with the Company I was with Babcock & Wilcox. 1953 July I decided to join the New Zealand shipping as. I had passed all the exams. My first trip was on a cargo ship M/V Hauraki and the 3 month trip became a 6 month one. Fortunately our first port back in the UK was London at Tilbury. So as soon as possible I was off to 99 Essendine Mansions to try and see uncle Ken. Had knock on his apartment door quite a few times and the Lady in the next apartment came out and told me he was a way in Europe as he was a travelling sales person. After a wee bit of a conversation she invited me in and we spoke I had been trying to see my uncle Ken after so many years. She told me hw he was a very lonely person and had told her and her husband about how his wife had left him just as he got back from Burma and India. We never quite got together after all. We corresponded a few times and he congradulated me on having done so well in exams etc.I came out to NZ to marry a New Zealand girl in 1956 and had been in Holland from late 1955 to supervise its building. Uncle Ken tried to suprise me with a visit but it was 1956 the big freeze up of the Rhine and evry other water way. I got to NZ and didn't wriite anymore. Then when I started to think bout him I wanted to know where he hadbeen all the time he was at war..Still haven't found his records. They are with the Defence Department and havven't been released... So thats my next plan of attack. He did marry again a lady who had been previously married Velma Dolores Buck "nee Woodhouse" "nee Squires". There was a son born just can't remember his initialsbut his surname is "Francisco" I had a couple of emails from him and I can only say they were different but know information and really mysterious. Uncle ken died in 1977. and Velma 1979.. Her death on ancestry UK has at least 3 different surnaaames and initials.
    Uncle Ken's name was Kenneth Edmund Buck and he was born in 1914 at Old Swan Liverpool. His dad's name was Edmund Brown Buck in the Cheshire Regiment. His Mum did marry again her last husband name was Dowell. Hope someone may recognise his name. Its at least 60 pound I believe to get his information from the Defence Department. Thank You for bearing with me and here's hoping Best Regards Ken Berry
  • Joe Bretland on 2014-Dec-13 19:57:13 Joe Bretland said

    Loved coming across this my grandad Robert Hawkins was in the 14th army during the second world war sadly passed away last year 89 but left behind a vast collections of photos he took while in burma and if anyone would be intrested to look I'd be more than happy to help
  • Valerie Davies Arends on 2015-Jan-08 07:10:24 Valerie Davies Arends said

    I have photos from the camp at Meerut India 1942 before entering Burma. My unlce Sgt.John Owen Davies, Royal Signals took the photos. The names on the back are: Brett, Love, Lott, Gascoyne, Stoffel, O'Neil, Wintle, Regardsoe and Davies.
  • Di truman on 2015-Feb-01 10:12:57 Di truman said

    My friend ronald frederick ford served in the14th army in burma corps royal signals, and is still alive and well aged 93 and is wondering if theres anyone out there who remembers him. He remembers the names geoff merkin, lol cufflin, dennis cave. His army number was 2370445. If anyone knows of him i would love to here from you.
  • Donna on 2015-Feb-06 14:44:32 Donna said

    Hi there

    I have just read through my grandfathers diary this evening and found out that he served in Burma pergu 17th Indian division 14th army his name was stewart George Parker he was based in Yorkshire royal artillery if I remember would anyone have any photos they could share I would really love to know more he was such a proud man and never talked about it to me
    Be very grateful for photos or information or anyone who can remember him he was born in Swansea South Wales
  • Adam on 2015-Feb-25 08:16:20 Adam said

    My grandfather fought in Burma during WW2. My grandfather was pte (Later cpl) Colin Bates and he was in the RASC his army number was T/14690324.
    I created this website so I could organise and hopefully piece together his journey. I still have a lot of work to do but as they say “Lest We Forget”
  • Bill on 2015-Mar-13 19:50:30 Bill said

    Hello, my father Bill (william) Squires served in Burma during ww2 and i would like to know if anyone out there knew him or better still has any pictures of him, Thank you
  • Jenny on 2015-Mar-21 10:20:53 Jenny said

    Interesting to hear from all the relatives of these brave men, one of whom was my father, but like everyone else, he never spoke of his time during the war. He was a captain, but I have no idea what division or anything. The only piece of information I can offer is that a ship that he was on was torpedoed and one of the life boats got hung up, and because he always carried a pen knife he was able to cut it loose and therefore save a few lives!
    I also remember how he hated going for walks as he had walked thousands of miles during the war, keeping the troops supplied with anything that they needed whether making/fixing or improvising (science and math were his forte) so he was always a bit of an inventor. I will always miss him and wish I knew his story. My mother also served as a police officer and drove an ambulance on some horrific assignments, but she died in 2012 at the age of 95. She and my father were apart for seven years during the war, but he came home on leave a couple of times, hence my sister and I are here today.
    His name was Captain J. Lyons (Joseph) 1916-1981
  • george brandon on 2015-Apr-01 05:17:59 george brandon said

    My grandad was in the 70th betalion the queens royal regiment he went as in as a private and then went into the Burma war as a Sargent in the burma war come home in 1946 on a ship called the queen of cumilar into Southampton he's still alive and would great if there are more people out there 2 share stories

    George Brandon
  • George on 2015-May-08 17:00:03 George said


    I was hoping for some help locating a unit's combat records. My great grandfather served in the 14th army with a parachute unit, and volunteered from the Northampton regiment. Unfortunately he passed away in January and I never found out what unit he served in (mainly because he never wanted to talk about it). I am currently working on a book in his memory about the 14th armies campaign since this is a campaign that is often overlooked and I wanted to bring this campaign to light. would anyone be able to point me in the right direction?

  • Martin Dimmock on 2015-May-17 14:36:08 Martin Dimmock said


    My father, Frederick Dimmock was a corporal in the Fourteenth. His comrades called him because he was from near Newcastle upon Tyne. I'd love to hear from anyone who has any information.
  • Jeanette willows on 2015-May-19 12:01:52 Jeanette willows said

    My Father was in Burma in the war in the tank regiment. I think he was in the 14th Army . I don't know much about his time there. He was born in the Wirral area in 1921 and died in June 1983. His name was William Peake . If anyone has any info or photos I would love to hear from you.
  • David Broadhurst on 2015-May-25 09:17:14 David Broadhurst said

    My father Thomas Broadhurst served in Burma with 14th army
    British 2nd div.He was born 1921 and died just a few days ago
    aged 94 lived in Droylsden Manchester all his life.I've heard him speak
    fondly of slim and chalky White .Would love to hear from anyone who knew
    him or anyone with any information. Thank you
  • Garth Wolfendale on 2015-Jun-28 13:40:44 Garth Wolfendale said

    My father, Leslie Wolfendale was in XIVth army in Burma until 1945. I met him returning when I was 4 and had never seen him. My mother raised me until then and thought he was dead since we didn't hear from him for years.

    I am very proud of him and I think he suffered from PTSD when he returned.

    he had a army buddy - Jack Stephens who got berri berri. Also one called 'Binky' (that's all I know of him).

    RIP Dad I am very proud to be your son.

  • George on 2015-Jul-13 01:43:09 George said

    this is a reply to:
    2014-May-18 07:28:17 Sidney Harvey( Steaky)

    Did you serve with someone called Joseph Terry?
  • Mark on 2015-Jul-26 19:33:05 Mark said

    My grandad who died in 1986 was in the 14th army why don't anyone celebrate what they did in the war like the queen celebrates everything else is this why they called the forgotten army
  • Darren Tibbs on 2015-Jul-29 17:48:24 Darren Tibbs said

    My cousin Capt Ian Llewelyn Tibbs fought there. I'm very proud to say I know him.
  • Lynn rugen on 2015-Aug-04 05:35:47 Lynn rugen said

    I was told that my dad an his brother both served in India one of his army pals referd to 14 th artillery in notice after he died my dads name was Thomas Ryan an his brother was know as lol short for Lawrence my dad had lots of photos I loved to look at as a child but he did not talk about his time in army until he was in hospital with other ex army some of them to had been in Burma my brother still should have this album but we have not spoken for number of years but I bet this album has lots of information
  • jennifer ward on 2015-Aug-13 12:40:57 jennifer ward said

    My dad was in the14th army. He was at Kohima, Imphal and Rangoon.he once had his picture taken with Vera Lynn. I have tried to get a copy of it to no avail.
    He used to praise The Kurkas, said they where amazing soldiers. They would oil themselves up so they where slippery to get hold of and go out naked into the night. In the morning they came back with a arm full of Japanese watches.
    He came from Leeds and was called Alf Leeming.
  • dorian on 2015-Aug-15 11:48:35 dorian said

    My grandfather served in burma not to sure what regiment but he never spoke of what happend just that the leeches were massive he was the greatest man i ever knew his name was george malpas i will try and get his service number and regiment from my incle but would love to know anything anyone could tell me about what it was like plus the man forth from the bottom looks alot like him
  • Carol Warne on 2015-Aug-16 11:28:08 Carol Warne said

    I'm looking for information on my husbands father who was in the 14th Army for about 6 years, possibly from the start of WW2. I'm afraid what information we have is limited we think he was a Corporal in the Royal Engineers and served in India and Burma, his full name was Frederick John Warne.
  • Dobson on 2015-Aug-16 12:07:34 Dobson said

    My dad too was in the forgotten 14th. He talked very little of his time out there. Only to tell us how in monsoon season he fell into a whaddy and came out not in his whites as he fell in but stinking and muddy. His name was Norman Larkin and he was on mortars. He died in 1964 and to the day he died shed tears for his lost mates. He was very bitter and could never forgive the Japanese for their inhuman behaviour. Anyone out there remember him?
  • Julie UK on 2015-Aug-24 06:53:09 Julie UK said

    My father was Pat (Alfred) Tranah who served in signals with the 14th Indian Army in Burma. He enlisted as a boy soldier, having run away from his school. His mother never forgave him.
    He first went to India on 1st June 1928 (his 17th birthday) and was deployed into Burma during WWII. He died at the age of 76 in 1987. He had retired from the army as Acting Major, in 1952 or 3, by then with East Anglian Regiment. He spoke of his many years in India with great love and spoke a very formal type of Urdu. As a little boy, my son was hugely impressed when he accompanied his grandfather to the village shop and Grandad was able to speak to the very distinguished Indian gentleman who owned it, in his own language !
    Like so many others, it was difficult to get Dad to talk about Burma, but he bore the scars, both physically (many small wounds on his back) and mentally (he had to retire because of a threatening breakdown) He had terrible nightmares and would wake us up, shouting and gasping for air. He too spoke of having to de-voice the mules when they crossed the mountains, to avoid giving their presence away. Also of having to get across the swollen River Irrawaddy, with full pack, to escape the Japanese, when the battle turned against them. He could hardly swim and would never join us in the water on our seaside holidays, remaining fully dressed, sitting on the beach, to our great amusement. He said that, as part of their 'training' when they arrived in Burma, that Australian troops would send them into the jungle and ambush them from the trees, spraying them with pigs' blood, supposedly to harden them for the task they faced. He hugely respected the Australians, as he did the Gurkhas. He did mention a british comrade called something that sounded like 'Jackie Pallow', so his name could have been Jack or John Pallow, who unfortunately died in Burma, from a gangrenous wound, having had little medical help available.
    When he came back from Burma, my father weighed only 6 1/2 stone. He suffered badly from stomach ulcers and had no teeth. He said that they had been knocked out with the butt of a rifle. He mentioned forced working on ' the Burma Road' - not the infamous railway and 'the Battle of the Tunnels'. I cannot find any reference to these episodes. He would not eat rice and did not buy Japanese products for many years, eventually accepting an Hitachi cassette player. By that time he was blind and music was one of his greatest pleasures. Apart from his medals, 2 little leaf pips, buttons, a few old India Army photos and the very basic details of his Army career in the UK, I don't have a clue about the rest. Forces Records were of no help and they are very expensive. Thank you very much for the Veterans UK suggestion. I will try them. However, somebody may have heard from of my father because of the unusual surname? Before Burma, he was also Welter Weight Indian Army Boxing Champion and won a steeplechase at Calcutta races on a horse called Blue Gown II. He had silver cups for those achievements. They might remember him as a sporty type. Thank you for running this blog. My father was a hard man with a soft centre. I still miss him and am overwhelmed with what he and his comrades achieved, particularly in Burma. I wish we knew their full story X
  • Kathryn Lockyer on 2015-Nov-01 12:03:09 Kathryn Lockyer said

    My father JOSEPH CROWLEY served in Burma, Rangoon and Singapore. He kept in touch with An ex Army pal named 'Jock' from Dunoon, and I have pics of leaving via the Arawaddy but no other records. Sadly he died in 1985 so I am unable to find out any other history.
  • Amanda Whiting on 2015-Nov-05 02:24:40 Amanda Whiting said

    My Father fought in Burma, but I have no details and no idea how to find out which regiment he served in. His name was Walter Timmins, from Manchester, who died in 1975. Anyone remember him? He was also known as Tim Brooks but this was probably after the war ended.
  • angela harding on 2015-Nov-07 06:18:04 angela harding said

    My father was with the 14th in Burma Gery England from Leicester he sadly passed away in 2003 I think a lot are gone now that remember this hell on earth.
  • Allan on 2015-Nov-08 13:27:08 Allan said

    My Uncle Bill Hall (Staff Sargent) was in the 14th army fighting in Burma for 2 years I believe before going to somewhere in India. He was initially with the Sherwood Rangers but at some time became a Paratrooper and ended up in the Burma jungle.

    As a kid I used to pester him for stories but he didn't say much, I do remember once watching a war film with him and him getting annoyed saying it was rubbish what was being portrayed. He said that he could remember piles of arms and legs which had been amputated from injured men, he told a story of ambushing Japanese on an airstrip catching them in crossfire between his unit and an American unit on the opposite side of the airstrip. I think he pitied the Japanese on that occasion, probably because they had no chance.

    He also spoke of the Gurka's saying that any Japanese that were captured couldn't be looked after so the Gurkas took them into the jungle and they didn't come back. He had a respect for the Gurka's and was glad they were with them.

    If anyone has heard of him or remembers him I would love to hear from you.
  • Linda Stanton on 2015-Nov-09 13:00:42 Linda Stanton said


    My close uncle was in the 14th army. His name was Edward Watson (Ted) and he was from London. If anyone knows how I can get any information on him or if anyone has any photos please could you e-mail me.

  • Sid on 2015-Nov-29 04:44:04 Sid said

    I am looking for someone who most probably fought in the 14th army in Burma. My great-grandfather Francis Saldahna. There are two primary reasons I want to know; he never told my grandfather much about the war and that side of him is completely unknown to my grandfather. And so I would like to surprise him. It's also because this is my first major bit of research I've done about World War 2 in the past 6 years I have been studying it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
  • Sir Michael Griffiths on 2016-Jan-04 12:15:32 Sir Michael Griffiths said

    Like so many others, my father - David Wesley Griffiths (an adopted Wulfrunian) - never ever spoke a word about the war - or indeed his time in military intelligence afterwards. Only found out from someone he knew that he was involved in de-briefing ex-Japanese prisoners of war. Horrendous task, apparently. Only started looming into this on finding his old 14th army shoulder badges, and his 3 'pips', and his Intelligence Corps cap badge. How I now wish - as do my sons - we knew more. His father was gassed - but survived - on the Somme. How grateful is my generation for the last two.
  • Keith clipstone on 2016-Jan-17 13:43:57 Keith clipstone said

    I'm trying to trace any information about my father who was at war in Burma his name was John Douglas Clipstone he was from Northampton his best mate was called Johny Wheeler from London I have tryed all the usual sit's but no information can be found any help would be appreciated
  • Liz Norton on 2016-Feb-03 04:20:04 Liz Norton said

    I also notice that many records of soldiers serving in Burma don't seem to be recorded...My Father was in the 14th Army and I can't get any information at all about him...I do have his Papers including his service and pay book..he received the Burma Star...I have an empty coupon book for the Shillong Soldiers Club, a 24 hr pass And I have a small prayer book, I also have his identity card....
    ..I also have a piece of Paper which was handed to him when embarking on Steamer SS Prince of Wales going to SIRAJGANI he was made OC Troops. It was full of troops mixed BORS ICRS..
    ..his name was GNR Walter Lochhead No.1820074 from Dundee, Scotland
  • Mr wilcock on 2016-Mar-03 06:22:27 Mr wilcock said

    My grandfather was called Stanley wilcock he was in burma i think he was in the 13 west yorks they had a rocking horse for the pin badge i do know he got the blood badge but i dont have much history on him and would love it if somebody could tell me were i can get more information on his time in the war.
  • Joy on 2016-May-08 13:32:38 Joy said

    My father George Arthur thornhill was awarded the Burma Star and died in 1984 I would live to know what regimentbhecwas in and more about his time in Burma. If anyone could point me in the right direction I would be most grateful
  • Kenneth Berry on 2016-May-10 02:43:13 Kenneth Berry said

    Hi Again, I sent an Email quite a few years ago looking for anyone who knew my Uncle Private Kenneth Edmund Buck.His wife my aunty did the dirty on him. My Mum met him off the ship at the Pier Head..I am just wondering if anyone sees this email they might have a photo of their relation and my uncle ken on it.Just get in touch I have found all his details after the WW2. But we never quite managed to meet. He did marry again 1959. His new wife had been Married Previouslly and hasd a daughter. Her surname at that stage was Woodhouse. First Name Velma Dolores, They had son Francisco Buck. I did get a couple of emails from him but then they stopped. I am sure iif you want to find out about Men in The Chindits The Forgotten Army 14th Army all the records are with the Defence Department, They are free if actual Family but cost ^0 pound if not related. Shot in the dark but hopefully might learn something as my "best used by date" is creeping closer. Uncle Kern & his wife died 1977 & 1979 repectfully. Best Regards Again Ken B
  • Anita Badamchi on 2016-May-10 06:45:31 Anita Badamchi said

    Just by chance last night, I saw the programme with Jo Simpson whose father was a chindit in Burma.
    My father was Eric Sumner from Manchester. He spoke little of fighting and what he really had to endure but I know that he had the responsibilty of pulling a mule that carried the food rashions. I think he was pleased that he had the opportunity of cooking breakfasts for the men he served with. He told me that he had to leave some of his tea to use for a shave !! At one point he was hospitalised with shrapnel injuries and because he looked jewish, was given extra time to recuperate by a jewish doctor. This act, I believe saved his life as men had just been released from hospital for a dangerous mission and not many returned from it. I have lots of photos of him, mainly in India, some with others dressed up - like in "It ain`t half hot, mum" He spoke of crossing rivers by ropes and seeing the bloated bodies of men who had been swept down the river unrecognisable. He spoke of Wingate and Bill Slim but I am not sure who he was actually under. Would love to hear from anybody !
  • julia murray on 2016-May-20 07:21:49 julia murray said

    My father was john(jack) Murray. He was with the 2nd division of the chindit regiment. I cannot get his army record i n spite of having his number. He was a great admirer of the Gurkhas. He suffered with nightmares for sometime after the war . ..he mentioned an officer called Major Purley . My father died in 1981 . It is quite shameful that it is still the forgotten army.
  • Christine Swift on 2016-May-24 12:54:58 Christine Swift said

    Jean Hunt, you named your Grandfather as the man in the very front of this picture, I'm wondering about the slouch hat, was he an Aussie or is this a British army uniform?
  • Khairul Hafiz on 2016-Jun-08 06:41:19 Khairul Hafiz said

    My father Abdul Hafiz Joined in British Indian army from Calcutta. He received two Burma Star medal . Very keen to know his Burma war medal records as well as some of his military records during his stay in Burma. My father died in 1978 , he lost his 2 Burma Star war medal when Pakistan army attacked his office cum residence during Independence war of Bangladesh. If any one can help me to find some of his military records. Thank you.
  • Emma Copeland on 2016-Jun-26 16:15:49 Emma Copeland said

    My father also served in Burma in the tank corp, William Mawson Copeland. I remember him talking about the voyage there and how he'd spent his 21st birthday on a troop ship in the Indian Ocean. Also he remember a man who couldn't sweat so once they were in the tropics, he was in real trouble, so they put him in the ship's fridge to keep him cool.
  • Louise on 2016-Jun-27 14:57:56 Louise said

    So proud of my late grandfather pictured second down from the top Thomas Holmes. He was one of the lucky 11 that returned from Burma. Would love to see more pics of video footage,:
  • Louise on 2016-Jun-28 12:50:29 Louise said

    My great, great aunts son served in and was killed in Burma. His name was Douglas Middlemiss and was a gunner in the Royal Artillery (Rank:GunnerService/ No:1792956 / Date of Death:28/02/1945 / Regiment/Service:Royal Artillery attd. 1/8th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers).
    If anyone has any information or photos, I would love to hear from you.
  • sue on 2016-Jul-02 09:17:05 sue said

    I have a photo album belonging to a G.Brown with picutres in shillong, calcuter, rangoon may 1946
    hong kong Singapore
    Any interest
  • Richard Pentreath on 2016-Jul-11 15:20:54 Richard Pentreath said

    For some reason I have recently been thinking of my old friend Arnold Lawson, whom I first met in the 1970's when he joined the Heron Gliding Club at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset. At that time he must have been in his early seventies, perhaps. He took up gliding at an unusually advanced age, but greatly enjoyed the social contact and even flew solo from time to time in the old Slingsby T21 open 2 seater. I think he must have died in the late seventies or 1980 when I was out in the Far East myself - and as it happens, also trying to do business in Burma! Arnold was a big man in every sense of the word and had evidently had a colourful life. The bits I remember are his stories of managing working elephants, and his mention of contact with "Elephant Bill". I cannot remember him talking of the war years, but would be very surprised if he did not serve with our forces out there. Has anyone here heard of an Arnold Lawson?
  • gemma shirley on 2016-Jul-15 12:10:05 gemma shirley said

    My Grandfather Ronald Marshall was in burma with chindits. The forgotten army. Sadly he would never talk about his service. Just wandering if anyone has any relatives that knew him and any photos memories would be great. He sadly passed away 2002
  • Michelle Trott on 2016-Jul-21 04:30:29 Michelle Trott said

    My granddad was in this army.
    His name was George Walton Trott from Durham Light infantry.
    He sadly died aged 39, so I never met him.
    My dad (his son) told me they had to survive on eating snakes and vermin which probably contributed to his very young death.
    If anyone has any further information, i would be very grateful.
  • Jamwa Paterson on 2016-Sep-11 23:21:32 Jamwa Paterson said

    My Grandad (Sandy Ogg) was in the 14th Army lost in Burma. Got all his medals and passed them onto the Gordon highlander Museum in Aberdeen, Very proud of him :)
  • lauren thompson on 2016-Oct-16 07:09:10 lauren thompson said

    My great grandfather was in Burma during world war 2, I think he served for four years. I don't know much about him or his time there. His name was Tommy Thompson he was from Shotten in Durham. I don't remember the regiment but I think it had either Lancaster or Lancashire in it.
    I'm looking for information on him and if anyone knew him or has any information then I would love to hear from you.
  • Alan Wilson on 2016-Nov-20 04:03:45 Alan Wilson said

    My father Arthur Wilson fought in Imphal and Kohima. He was in the 14 army . He never talked about the war , but had bad nightmares on a weekly basis. He died out here in Australia in 1987 at the age of 77. I tried to ask about his time in Burma ,but he wouldnt tell me very much .I am the same age now as my dad was when he died, and i still cry for him . R.I.P. pop.
  • Anthony johns on 2016-Nov-20 10:34:58 Anthony johns said

    My father anthony john williams johns known as johnny johns was in the forgotten 14th and rarely spoke about the war,unfortunately he was killed in an industrial accident in 1963 aged 43.His brother gave me a book to read about the campaign in which real soldiers were named including my father but unfortunately I can not remember the title or author of said book.I would love my son to read about his grandfather so if anyone can please help in any way with this please let me know at information whatsoever about my father would be appreciated many thanks

    Tony Johns
  • Peter Hoffman on 2016-Nov-23 10:16:52 Peter Hoffman said

    I understand my late father was in the 14th in Burma, as a paratrooper. his name was Heinz, nick named Jerry, Hoffman. how can I trace his records.
  • Donald MacKenzie on 2016-Dec-07 15:33:51 Donald MacKenzie said

    I`ve read with interest the comments made on this page. My father was a rifleman in the X1V the forgotten army. I am very happy to say that as he approaches his 93rd birthday on Christmas day we are so privileged to still have him around and in full control of his faculties. Dad served with the Seaforth Highlanders and then with the Cameronians. Like so many of his fellow veterans, he never spoke of his experiences when we were growing up it remains that way today with the exception of the basic details when asked about his service as a Chindit. Prior to embarkation their last training was at Cromer, he has often said he would like to return there and visit some old haunts. Today Dad lives in Ullapool a small fishing village in the North West Highlands of Scotland. I would be more than happy to share any communication of mutual interest with anyone who has an interest in this topic. I guess we all make these entries hoping that some reunion may be realised sadly time in reality is so against us.
    Thank you for affording me the opportunity to post on your site and share your memories.
  • Nigel Kean on 2016-Dec-12 07:24:08 Nigel Kean said

    My Dad, Arthur Kean from Aberdeen, joined the army and ended up in Burma with the 149 RAC tanks and served under General Slim, 14th Army. He died in a car accident in 2001. He also felt slighted by only having VE Day and no VJ Day, the forgotten army. I have a few photos of he and his mates in Burma taking a short break. He also mentioned how many friends that he lost and the atrocities of the Japanese army. When he came back to Scotland he had a hard time settling down and finally in 1957 he moved us to Toronto, Canada. I always looked up to him and have always taken part on Remembrance Day. If you get a chance read the book "No Ordinary Men" by John Colvin, about the 14th Army.
  • Ammar on 2016-Dec-15 22:38:18 Ammar said

    Both my maternal and paternal grand father served British army and fought worldwar2 also known as Burma war. I would be happy if i get hold of their service record ,
  • Tessa R Marbaniang on 2017-Jun-16 08:24:32 Tessa R Marbaniang said

    Hi Sue,

    i am trying to find out information on family who served in east India during ww2, he was stationed in Shillong and i was hoping i could take you up on that offer for the photos in case he might be in them, many thanks!

    on 2016-Jul-02 09:17:05 sue said

    I have a photo album belonging to a G.Brown with picutres in shillong, calcuter, rangoon may 1946
    hong kong Singapore
    Any interest
  • Tessa R Marbaniang on 2017-Jun-16 08:27:23 Tessa R Marbaniang said

    hi Sue,

    sorry forgot to leave my email:

    many thanks and hope to hear from you soon!
  • Tony Williams on 2017-Jun-28 15:50:53 Tony Williams said

    I am the eldest son of RQMS George Samuel Williams who served in the Burma campaign and I have a newspaper called the Green Tie plus all the other editions printed. My father was the editor of this newspaper and he was known as Willy. There are twelve papers in this collection and I would be interested in finding out if any other editions still remain. If anyone can give me information I would be very grateful as my father has passed away and I would like to find out their value, they will be auctioned off if I can find anyone who would like them, or they will be kept by myself for my sons to share when I shake off this mortal coil. Thank you in anticipation Willy jnr. Aged 70.
  • SYLVIA HORNSBY on 2017-Jul-31 12:04:18 SYLVIA HORNSBY said

    I have been looking for my Dad's, Tommy Cooley, army record and interested to see that many people can't find their relatives. Dad was out in India and Burma but I cannot find any records. He would tell me stories but would then shut up and say "You don't want to hear all this". He was a driver and drove General Slim and Lord Mountbatten.He would have been called up at the beginning of the war in 39 to Ox and Bucks Light Infantry. He was sent to Isle of Wight where I think he was the driver for Captain Fanshaw. He got into trouble but was able to get out of it because it seems Capt Fanshaw was indiscreet! He was put up for promotion to Corporal but didn't want to know. He was later sent to India on the troop ship Empire Pride and spent seven days going across India on a troop train. I do have photos of Dad. At some point he had malaria (something that trouble him occasionally for the rest of his life) and spent time in hospital. His friends came to take him out on Christmas Day and I have a photo of 4 of them in a small boat but I don't know the year. He was later sent to Burma. He remembers having to sleep in the jungle and thinking that his number was up. He was among the troops that were entertained by Vera Lynn. He got her autograph on the back of Mum's photograph but lost it. I've looked for photos of General Slim (Uncle Bill) and Mountbatten hoping to see my Dad but never have. If any of this sounds familiar or had relatives either in the Ox and Bucks or on the Empire Pride, I would be grateful. He mentioned one friend he lost, Bruno, a very handsome man but that's all I know. He used to drive the lorries, staff cars and jeeps. He was very lucky to survive the war and died aged 91 in 2005.
  • Caroline Bromley on 2017-Oct-09 06:10:00 Caroline Bromley said

    My Grandad Sgt George Lucas was in Burma during WW2 and was also based in Austria (Klagenfurt) However my dad,Nanna and Grandad have all passed away and I'm desperate to learn more about his time in the forces
  • Michelle Cove on 2017-Oct-30 09:25:43 Michelle Cove said

    My uncle James Maurice Moore served in the British Army in Burma during WW2 - any information would be appreaciated
  • Simon Parsons on 2017-Nov-25 12:25:55 Simon Parsons said

    Hi, long shot here... my grandfather Wilfred James Parsons was in the 14th Army and as far as I know drove a water tanker in Burma in an artillery unit but I know very little and want to find out more. If anyone can help please contact me. Simon
  • Courtney on 2017-Dec-29 09:54:39 Courtney said

    Hello my partners grandad was in the forgotten army in Burma, we would love to know more about him, unfortunately he passed away at just 55 my partner never got to meet him, we have his medals hanging up in our home. His name was Vincent duty, sometimes he went by the name Arthur duty. It's probably a slim chance but if anyone remembers him or knows of family members to talk about him please could you give me an email thankyou x

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