Royal Welch Fusiliers, Kohima

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Holyhead Maritime Museum

Newry Beach

Holyhead

LL65 1YD

Wales

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Glass Glass
  • Paper Paper
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Other
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: In a glass case in the old air raid shelter part of the museum are 2 framed boards telling the part played by the Fusiliers in the battle of Kohima. Royal Welch Fusiliers/at Kohima/where the Japanese/invasion of India/was halted Left top, photo of Mortar Officer/RWF Seconded/to 1/1st Punjabi Regt. Right top/Ball of Fire/5th Indian Division/(the Fighting Fifth) Erected by their comrades on the 161st Indian Infantry Brigade Group in proud/and undying memory of the officers and men of the following units of the/5th Indian Division who fell in the defence and relief of Kohima, March to/June 1944 Headquarters 161st Indian Infantry Brigade/161st Indian Infantry Brigade Signal Section/4th Battalion of the Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment/1st Battalion 1st Punjab Regiment/4th Battalion the 7TH Rajput Regiment/Headquarters 24th Indian Mountain Regiment.2nd (Derajat) Mountain Battery/11th (Dehradun)Mountain Battery/12th (Poonch) Mountain Battery/20th Mountain Battery/44th India Field Park Company QVO Madras S & M/2nd Indian Field Company KGVO Bengal S & M/3rd Battalion the 2nd Punjab Regiment/5th Indian Divisional RIASC Regiment/75th Indian Field Ambulance Lower left corner Brigadier 2nd (British) Div. Relieving force When the 161 Brigade defending Kohima was/relieved, he recalled the survivors “looked like/aged, bloodstained scarecrows, dropping with/ fatigue-the only clean thing about them was/their weapons and they smelt of blood, sweat/and death” Lower right corner Mortar Platoon Command 161st Indian/Brigade. Besieged force/With the call for the DF(Defence Force)came/through, or we thought the DF had come/ through by the sound of the firefight, my lads/rained bombs down without restraint. In this/happy state me and my mob reached Rangoon/fifteen month later. 39 out of 40 on their feet-though I say it myself “not a bad balance sheet” Information board Kohima where the Japanese invasion of India was halted The Battle of Kohima was a critical battle of the Burma/ Campaign in Wor5ld War 11, fought around the town/ of Kohima in northeast India from April 4th to Jones 22nd 1944/It marked the limit of the Japanese offensive into India in/1944 and was described as the “Stalingrad of the East”. The/battle took place in two stages. From April 3 to April 16th, the/Japanese attempted to capture Kohima ridge, a feature which/dominated the road by which the major British and Indian/troops at Imphal were supplied. At this point, the small British/ force at Kohima was relieved, and from April 18th to June/22nd, British and Indian reinforcements counter-attacked to/drive the Japanese from the positions they had captures. The/battle ended on June 22, when British and Indian troops from/Kohima and Imphal met at Milestone 109, ending the siege of/Imphal Burma Star, shown top right Burma Star 1941-1945 Qualifying service in Burma Campaign/counted from 11 Dec 1941 and including/service in Bengal or Assam from 1 May/1942 to 31 Dec 1943, and from 1 Jan/1944 onwards in these parts of Bengal or/ Assam East of the Brahmaputra. Naval/ service in the Eastern Bay of Bengal, off the coasts of Sumatra, Suda and Malacca/also counted There are photographs of 3 men on the left. W H Chamberlain/Royal Welch Fusiliers Henry Manning/1st Punjab Regiment Bob Williams/Royal West Kent Regiment Each has a badge from their regiment to the right of their photograph
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here are photographs of 3 men on the left. W H Chamberlain/Royal Welch Fusiliers Henry Manning/1st Punjab Regiment Bob Williams/Royal West Kent Regiment Each has a badge from their regiment to the right of their photograph

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