"Gert and Daisy" - the Sunderlands in Burma

Discussion in 'Burma & India' started by Hebridean Chindit, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Thanks HC. I'll send you an email soon.
     
  2. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review... Patron

    Shame it's not as far as the Highlands and a distillery tour just does not float your boat... :biggrin:
     
  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Just watched a video online about the WW2 memoirs of Peter Homfray who worked in deception in Burma. He organised a dummy paratroop attack close to the Burmese town of Bhamo to distract the Japanese garrison while the Chindits landed at Broadway. He stayed with 77 Brigade for a while, but ended up a casualty evacuee via Indawgyi.

     
  4. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review... Patron

    Rifleman Donald "Donnie" MacKenzie - 1924/12/23 to 2021/06/06, 26 Column, 1st Cameronians, from Ullapool...
    With a heavy heart, I must report that the last known living survivor of Op River, the Sunderland rescue operation from behind the lines in Burma, passed away last Sunday...
    A family member has passed on this photo to share...
     

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  5. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review... Patron

    Service details...
     

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  6. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    H.C.,

    that is sad news.

    I am not sure how I have managed to miss this excellent thread but have just read from the beginning . Some superb work there and some excellent photographs. Well done, Sir.

    Simon.
     
  7. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review... Patron

    It's been both a curse and a blessing, Simon, but the finished work is getting closer to fruition... back on the desk and presently with my "opposite number" at 33 Sqn (coincidentally another "Stewart"; we greet ourselves as Morning Cuz...!) :D, and doing some proofing for me...
    I spoke to Donnie dozens of times (as well as the late Stanley Rothney, 90's Saddler) and his material was quite beneficial to me... met him a few times and even my wife and daughter visited him with me one time... he was a wonderful Gent...
    One by one, they're all going home... :poppy:
     
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  8. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Sad to hear this news HC. I will inform the Chindit Society and ensure that Donnie is mentioned in the next newsletter etc. Would the family be happy for me to include the image you have posted, do you think?
     
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  9. MacKenzie14

    MacKenzie14 Member

    24/12/1923 - 6/6/2021 Always loved this picture
     
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  10. MacKenzie14

    MacKenzie14 Member

    I am happy to give you permission. (Sharon,Grand Daughter. I took the picture. My Mother is the eldest of Donnie's family)
     
  11. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Thank you, that is very kind. Please accept the Society's condolences at this sad time.
     
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  12. MacKenzie14

    MacKenzie14 Member

    Your very welcome. Might it be possible to receive a copy of the newsletter?
     
  13. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Yes, of course. The next edition is due out in the late summer. The Society is hoping to hold it's summer event on the 10th July, we are just waiting for the latest news from the government re: coronavirus, to see if we can go ahead with our plans. I'll make sure you receive a note when the digital newsletter is available.
     
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  14. Wobbler

    Wobbler Patron Patron

    Very sad news indeed. My most sincere condolences to Donnie’s family and friends. :poppy:

    Like Simon, I hadn’t previously seen this thread, which I am now putting right.
     
  15. MacKenzie14

    MacKenzie14 Member

    Thank you so much
     
  16. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review... Patron

    I think Sharon has just done it... ;)
     
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  17. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Thanks mate.
     
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  18. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Hi MacKenzie14,

    Because the Chindit Society annual reunion did not take place this month in the end, I have brought forward the release of the newsletter and its is now available to download from the Society website here: The Chindit Column - The Chindit Society

    It is the Summer 2021 edition and includes a short piece about your grandfather and his photograph. Just click on the Summer 2021 link and the newsletter pdf will download on to your computer.

    Best wishes

    Steve (bamboo43).
     
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  19. MacKenzie14

    MacKenzie14 Member

    Thank you so much. This means a great deal to me.
    Sharon
     
  20. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Hi Sharon,

    It is our honour to include Donnie amongst his Chindit comrades in the newsletter.
     
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