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Harry Fecitt

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  1. 'The Burma Military Police is a semi-military force intended to perform at the cheapest possible cost : a. Frontier Watch and Ward duties b. Deal with minor insurrections amongst the less civilized hill tribes c. transport treasure d. guard and transport long term prisoners to and from jail. Thus writes Barry Renfrew in his sparse coverage of the Burma Military Police in his book Forgotten Regiments : Regular and Volunteer Units of the British Far East. I am researching the Burma Military Police and invite other interested Members to contribute with information, images of and citations for awards to the regiment, insignia, uniforms and anything else. As the regiment fought serious battles and supplied drafts to various theatres during the Great War I feel that the topic is better suited to this forum rather than the colonial police forum. I will put up the images I have such as the above photograph of the officers and colours of the 9th Burmah Battalion plus notes that I have collated. There are five more photos that I have extracted from an 1896 edition of The Navy and Army Illustrated. On the very interesting web page: http://www.britishempire.co.uk/forces/armyunits/burma/bmp.htm a book: The History of the Burma Military Police by Colonel S.F.C. Peile is shown. Does any Member know of the whereabouts of a copy of this book? Harry
  2. A Chinese policeman in British-administered Wei-Hai-Wei The city of Weihai was part of a territory called "Weihaiwei", which was leased by the UK from 1898 until 1930. It lay on the north Chinese coast west of Seoul in Korea. It was a summer station for the naval China Station along with Hong Kong. Wei-Hai-Wei was rented from the Chinese government. From 1898-99 it was administered by a Senior Naval Officer, RN; in 1899, this transferred to a military and civil commissioner appointed by the War Office. The garrison comprised some 200 British troops and a locally raised Chinese Regiment with British officers. In 1901, administration transferred to the Colonial Office. A Civil Commissioner was appointed to run the territory in 1902, and the Chinese Regiment was disbanded in 1903. The Wei-Hai-Wei Regiment had been raised by the British and had performed well during the Boxer Rebellion. After disbandment in 1903 ex-members of the regiment were selected to join the Wei-Hai-Wei Police. An armed policeman is shown in the postcard above. The territory became especially important to the British during the Great War when it was used as the Recruiting Centre and Depot for the Chinese Labour Corps. Companies of between 300 and 500 men were despatched to France via Vancouver, Halifax and Liverpool. Officers were recruited from Europeans working in China.
  3. Az Greetings If you haven't already seen it you may be interested in this article on the Malay States Guides in Aden during the Great War: http://www.kaiserscross.com/304501/514322.html Harry
  4. Cazack Greetings Here's the History of the Indian Mountain Artillery: https://archive.org/details/IndianMountainArtillery Harry
  5. I believe this to be a photo of 'Bowker's Horse', EAMR. And here's my photo of Longido viewed from Namanga.
  6. Here's another image from the Standard that shows the height of Longido Mountain.
  7. Noor Greetings Here's a photo from the East African Standard showing the first grave that the Germans put William into. An article should appear soon on The Soldier's Burden website about the 29th Punjabis, who were the infantry element of that attack on Longido. You will be able to then follow the stages of the battle. Harry
  8. Melissa Greetings You will find some information on the 14th (King's) Hussars in northern Persia in 1918 here: http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-on-land/other-war-theatres/3305-dunsterforce-part-1.html Harry
  9. I have been visiting the Imphal & Kohima battlefields in the last few days. There are some interesting memorials scattered around the town. This is the Cameron Highlanders' Memorial - with the Naga guide who helped me find it on the summit of Naga Village Hill.
  10. Apologies and correction to the fourth line in post #25. DELETE "daughter" and INSERT "daughter-in-law".
  11. The Durham Light Infantry Regimental Memorial. This is located inside the grounds of the Chief Secretary's Official Residence, just behind the Governor's House. It is not available for viewing by the public. (Credit for the last three images goes to Khonoma Tours & treks, whose page with the photos can be found on Facebook.)
  12. The Assam Regiment Memorial is within the regimental cantonment and is not available for public viewing.
  13. Gentlemen & Fellow Members Thank you very much - but the applause has to go to the Naga Community who stood by Britain and her Allies when others did not. That community made the story. I hope that, after representation in Delhi, the Indian Army will refurbish the Punjabi Memorial before the 70th Anniversary commemorations. Any Member wishing to tour Kohima, and the very extensive Imphal battlefields to the south, can do no better than to contact Hemant at Battle of Imphal Tours: http://www.battleofimphal.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6&Itemid=60 Hemant is from an Indian military family and he is very knowledgeable about the serious fighting in the region during WW2. (Presently I am in Muscat en route to my European base, and some Imphal Battlefield threads will follow later.) Thank you, on behalf of the Nagas, again. Harry
  14. The defence of Kohima just held because of artillery support fired from a defensive box down the Dimapur Road at Zubzub. This happened because a Brigadier disobeyed orders and established the box at Zubzub instead of moving the guns to Kohima, where he knew that there were no suitable gun positions. Nagas willingly carried supplies and ammunition from Zubzub, further leftwards down the valley, up this route and over the ridge to Kohima. Wounded were carried on the return journey (the Japanese had a block on the main road). Tough, rugged country, and brave, tough, rugged men. If you wish to express gratitude towards the Nagas then please consider supporting the Kohima Educational Trust: http://www.kohimaeducationaltrust.net/ Thank you, Harry.
  15. To mark this year's 70th anniversary of the Battle of Kohima the local Naga community is constructing, at its own expense, this memorial to Major-General John Grover, commander of British 2nd Division. 2 DIV undertook heavy fighting in the relief of Kohima. General Grover's daughter-in-law will attend the unveiling of the memorial. (John Grover was very popular with the British soldiers in his Division, but he did not pay too much attention to his Indian troops. He was not popular with his XXXIII Corps Commander, Lieutenant-General Sir Montagu Stopford who sacked him when the battle of Kohima was over. When the main troopship carrying 2 DIV personnel to the UK for repatriation arrived, their old General was on the dock waiting to greet them. The cry went up "Grover, Grover" and the men rushed to that side of the deck and tilted it, seriously worrying the captain. They don't make charismatic generals like that anymore. )
  16. The Punjabi Memorial at FSD (Field Supply Depot) above Garrison Hill, Kohima. This fine memorial definitely needs re-furbishing, but I doubt that India and Pakistan will ever get together to fund the necessary work. Does any Member have any connections with ex-Punjabi officers who might be interested in fund-raising to restore this memorial? (Chris, the in-town British Regimental memorials look OK because the local Nagas want them to be that way.)
  17. Water-sources on Garrison Hill were very scarce and soon became dominated by Japanese snipers. Here an original spring is now a water-source for Kohima War Cemetery.
  18. Kohima War Cemetery extends dramatically down the slopes of Garrison Hill, showing the difficulties faced by the determined Japanese attackers coming uphill. Muslim graves are mainly located at the top of the hill. The Indian Army regiments, particularly the Assam Regiment who also held Garrison Hill, have never been awarded sufficient recognition for their collective gallantry at Kohima.
  19. The panels naming the gallant Hindu & Sikh soldiers whose remains were cremated.
  20. The Memorial to the fallen of the 4th Bn The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment (KWC).
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