I came across the following entries in the war diary for the 1st Battalion The North Staffordshire Regiment in Burma 1943. It is interesting to note that the entry states that this is the first time that a band played at the front line. It is also noted that it was the first time that three Band Boys visited the front line. What was a Band Boy? Is this a rank or indication of age? 26/5/43 - Mrawgyaung - Bawli Bazaar area machine gunned by 4 enemy planes at 1050 hours. Lt. Richardson and 26 BORs left at 1600 hours on patrol to Faqira Bazar due back at 1800 hours 5.6.43. Regimental Band arrived. 27/5/43 - Mrawgyaung - Lt. Nye and a patrol arrived back at 0100 hours. Three men suffering with malaria and one dysentery. Only Japs seen were 1 officer and 4 Ors in distance - no contact could be made. Band played at ‘D’ Company. 28/5/43 - Mrawgyaung - Band played twice - once in Carriers lines and once in Brigade HQ. Very successful. This is the first time that three Band Boys have visited the front line. This is the first time that a band has played to the troops in the front line of Burma. 1st Battalion The North Staffordshire Regiment (Eastern Army Military Band): Sgt. D. Arthur Bdm. Blake D. Bdm. Brett N.P. Bdm. Brown T. L/Cpl. Brookes R.F. Boy Clifton G.A. Boy Cocker L.A. L/Cpl. Downing J.W. Bdm. Gasson B. Bdm. Grant M. L/Cpl. Harris J. Bdm. Holden H. L/Cpl. Jallard H. L/Cpl. Lee A. Boy Lee K.N. B/M Lee L.W. Bdm. Morgan P.E. L/Cpl. Pritchard N. Bdm. Quartermain F.A. Bdm. Seragy K. Bdm. Wheeldon T.G, Bdm. Wills T.W.