Saturday, 18 November 2017

Burma veterans lay wreaths at service

Burma veterans lay wreaths at service
VETERANS of the Burma campaign during the Second World War gathered for a service of remembrance on Sunday.

The Caversham branch of the Royal British Legion organised the service which took place at the Burma Star memorial stone in Forbury Gardens in Reading.It was held to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Kohima.

Among those who attended were Ron Jewitt, president of the Caversham branch, and veterans Harry Capel, Jack Carter and Bob Court, all from Reading, who served in the navy, army and air force respectively.

Mr Jewitt read a short speech before wreaths were laid on the memorial stone.

He said: “Around this time 70 years ago was the turning point of the Battle of Kohima. The Japanese had reached the gate of India at Kohima Ridge. Facing them were troops supplied by air by the Royal Air Force.After heavy fighting, about a week later, the British from Dimapur were able to lift the siege and forced the enemy out. This was the turning point of the war. The enemy was then forced out of Burma.”

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