Info: Australian? Allied Unit, Lt Duncan Campbell Menzies 182309, Black Watch Royal Highlanders, attd. 13th Bn. , The King's Regiment (Liverpool) Don't need the next line for this lad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why was he with this regiment? Any information would be appreciated. Need assistance on Who/Where/What/How for this man who is on the Australian Commemorative Roll which is for those "Australians" who died in other Allied Services. If proved not to be "Australian" their names will not be removed from the Commemorative Roll however their details will be updated accordingly. I have researched the Air Force members but there are many more Land and Sea deaths in a myriad of different forces. There is not a lot of information on these people that can be accessed easily and I ask your assistance to fill in at least some of the gaps. Hopefully some relatives may see this thread and add more. I will make a different thread for each along the way as they may tend to get lost if clumped together. In Memory of Lieutenant DUNCAN CAMPBELL MENZIES M C 182309, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) attd. 13th Bn. , The King's Regiment (Liverpool) who died age 24 on 04 April 1943 Son of Duncan and Joan Menzies, of Adelaide, South Australia. Rhodes Scholar for South Australia, 1939. Remembered with honour RANGOON MEMORIAL This partial extract from this very good site and all credit to Steve. Makes very good reading on the Chindits. Click the link and read the rest of the Duncan Campbell Menzies story, especially part of the letter that he had written to his family in case of his death. Chindit Chasing, Operation Longcloth 1943 - Home "I recognised him instantly as Duncan Menzies, a young Australian who had been at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar on the outbreak of war, and had joined my regiment the Black Watch. This chance but fateful meeting was the more extraordinary since I had been racking my brains for a suitable column adjutant, and had decided on Duncan as the best man for the job". He certainly was the best man for the job and Bernard Fergusson leant heavily on Menzies for almost the whole of the operation in 1943. Duncan Campbell Menzies (pictured left in his full Black Watch regalia) was one of the most revered and well loved soldiers to take part in the operation. He used his down to earth attitude to soldiering to keep morale high when things were looking quite bleak for column five and always, always led right from the front. Bernard Fergusson was fully aware that at times he as column commander had relied on Duncan not only for support, but to make vital decisions on behalf of his Major. I often wonder if Duncan's initials, that being DCM, were an accident of naming by his father, or had some kind of fateful foretelling of his life to come? There is no doubt in my mind that a DCM (Distinguished Conduct Medal) was the very least this man deserved for his WW2 service. However, Duncan himself would have been the last man to ever claim such an award. Wingate had another acronym for DCM.........."died chasing mules"! Also a Civic Memorial in Adelaide, South Australia: Lieutenant Duncan Campbell Menzies, (M.C.) Memorial stone dedicated by J. D. Choat and erected by members of the Menzies family in honour of Lt. Menzies who was shot by the Japanese in Burma, 4 April 1943. Location: Menzies Crescent off Fitzroy Terrace. And from the Special Forces website: Duncan Campbell Menzies - CHINDITS 1943 - Special Forces - Roll Of Honour born Clare,South Australia son of Duncan and Joan Menzies,Adelaide,South Australia graduated University of Adelaide (St Peter's College) Rhodes Scholar for South Australia 1939 Balliol College,Oxford Black Watch (Private) 2 Bn Black Watch (C Company) (Lt) 1942 Adjutant of No 5 Column award M.C. (posthumous) WIA and POW DOW Burma from: BBC - WW2 People's War - A Highland Chindit Duncan Cameron Menzies was born in Adelaide Australia, son of Duncan and Joan Menzies of Adelaide, South Australia. Joan Menzies was a native of Torrisdale in Skerray (Skerray is a small village in the North West Highlands of Scotland), who emigrated to live in Australia before the outbreak of the Second World War. Duncan Cameron Menzies was at college in Australia in 1939 when war with Nazi Germany broke out in Europe, he finished his college years becoming the Rhodes Scholar for South Australia. The (Cecil) Rhodes Scholarship was awarded to the top college student for the year in Australia; other winners of this top award have become Australian Prime Ministers and top government officials. In early 1940 Duncan Menzies sailed from Australia to join the British Army and fight in the war, he came to Skerray on holiday when he first arrived in Britain to visit his mother’s family in Torrisdale. He left Skerray to enlist as a commissioned officer in the Black Watch and was sent for officer training, to Sandhurst Military College. He joined the 2nd Battalion Black Watch as it was on route for Tobruk in North Africa in the summer of 1941. He was one of five officers in the battalion at that time and became second in command of ‘D’ Company under Captain Boyle, the battalion was soon in the thick of the fighting Tobruk was cut off in 1941, re-supply was carried out from the sea as the German Afrika Corps and the Italian Army had laid siege to the town for months. The British and Australian garrison came under constant air and ground attack, the record was 21 air raids in one day. The Black Watch were placed on the left flank at Tobruk in a position called the‘ Tiger’, holding the line in face of heavy German tank and infantry attacks.