The Chindit Society

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  1. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi Everyone,

    A new association has formed that will attempt to maintain the legacy of the Chindits. I have been asked to perform the role of Archivist/Newsletter editor for the new society, which I am more than honoured to accept. As an introduction to the Society, please see our Aims and Objectives written below.

    There will be two newsletters published each year, as well as a dinner in June and other events. I would have placed the inaugural newsletter here for you all to see, but unfortunately it is around 12.5mb in size and will not upload onto this post.

    If anyone is interested in learning more or joining the Society, then please do get in touch.

    Best wishes


    The Chindit Society

    You may not be aware, but sadly 2015 was the last year of the Chindit Old Comrades Association or COCA as it was more commonly known. This organisation has been in existence since the late 1940's and has kept the name and the legend of the Chindits alive ever since. The association was based in Wolverhampton and held an annual dinner in June, as well as organising other events for veterans and their families throughout the year.

    Acting alongside COCA, there has been an organisation called 'The Friends of the Chindits'. The aim of the 'Friends' was to provide continuity and support for The Old Comrades, as it looked to maintain the legacy of the Chindit name and to promote their story to a wider audience. This spring (2016), both these organisations have been succeeded by the newly formed 'Chindit Society'.

    The aims and objectives of the new Society are:
    • To protect and maintain the legacy and good name of the Chindits and their great deeds during the Burma Campaign.
    • To carry that name forward into the public domain, through presentations and education.
    • To gather together and keep safe Chindit writings, memoirs and other treasures for the benefit of future generations.
    • To assist families and other interested parties in seeking out the history of their Chindit relative or loved one.
    • Wherever possible, to ensure the continued well being of all our Chindit veterans.

    With this in mind, The Chindit Society warmly welcomes any families with Chindit, or possible Chindit connections to join our group. As well as carrying out the above objectives, we will be looking to produce at least two Society newsletters each year and publishing our own website with the aim of bringing together in one place, the story of the Chindits and their unique contribution to the Burma Campaign.
  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Good on you, Steve.
    Thread pinned, and the very best of luck with it.

    (And if you forward that newsletter to Capture.JPG I'll see if I can post it up here.)
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  3. veronicad

    veronicad Well-Known Member

    Hi Steve, I can't think of a more suitable person than yourself,to take on this exciting role.
    Please count me in as a future member.Looking so forward, to all that this will entail.
    Kind regards, Veronica.
  4. Shiny 9th

    Shiny 9th Member

    Congratulations on the formation of the Society and your new role. This will point the way for other "old comrade" type organisations to carry the legacy forwards.
  5. TijgerB

    TijgerB Member

    Hi Steve

    Congraths on the knighthood I am confident you will carry the task with honor. please mail me a memship form too and ehh for the budget what is the price of a membersship?
  6. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Email sent VP. Many thanks.
  7. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thank you Veronica, that is very sweet of you to say. :)
  8. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi Sylvia, thanks for your support.
  9. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Tom, the cheque is in the post, ;) :lol:
  10. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Here's the newsletter .

    Large file size 12 MB

    Attached Files:

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  11. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thank you for putting that up for me Owen. I promise to keep these to a more sensible size in future.

  12. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    Well done Steve, a great idea.

  13. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria.

    Well done Steve and good luck with this great project, you must be well chuffed.

  14. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review... Patron

    Cor blimey Guv... you sure know 'ow to bite orf more than you can chew... :biggrin:

    You know my views, and no, I'm still not going to start gathering all the names of those involved in Thursday...! o_O

    Only regret will be that it's unlikely I can make it down for the inaugural do this year as I'm still undergoing Operation Chaos re our move and finalising our property purchase...
  15. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thanks to Lee, Mike and HC for your kind comments.
  16. zahonado

    zahonado Well-Known Member

    Well done for getting this off the ground, Steve...It's looking good. Congratulations to all involved...and what is this about a knighthood? Haven't caught up since I returned from Myanmar.
  17. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thank you zahonado. The reference to the knighthood was a little Danish witticism from TijgerB.
  18. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Steve most excellent well done

  19. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi All,

    I would just like to thank everyone for their kind words, support and for some, actually joining the Society. All much appreciated.

    Best wishes

  20. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review... Patron

    Count me in once I know where I'm living... :biggrin:

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