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Chindit Memorial

Frank Forster
1990

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Description

Stone stele with on top a bronze Chinthe or Burmese temple guardian, a mythical beast, half lion, half-flying griffin, which was the Chindits' namesake. Medallions to the front and rear reproduce the force's badge and the portrait of their founder, Orde Wingate (Naini Tal, Uttarakhand, India 1903 - near Bishnupur, Manipur, India 1944), British Army officer known for creating special military units in Palestine in the 1930s, and in Abyssinia, Sudan and Burma during World War II. He is most famous for his creation of the Chindits, airborne deep-penetration troops trained to work behind enemy lines in the Far East campaigns against the Japanese during World War II (Wikipedia).

London - Chindit Memorial

Inscription(s)

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[Chindit Badge]

the chindit badge
portraying a chinthe, a mythical
beast, guardian of burmese temples
from which was derived the name
chindits, their motto being

THE BOLDEST MEASURES
ARE THE SAFEST

in memory of all who fought on the
first and second expeditions into
north burma 1943 and 1944
with the chindit special forces
formed, trained and commanded by
major general orde charles wingate, dso

chindits came from the armed forces
of the united kingdom, burma,
hong kong, india, nepal, west africa
and the
united states of america

air supply and direct operational
support was given by
the royal air force
and
1st air commando group
united states army air force
and
10th united states army air force

victory was hastened by the chindits
daring exploits behind enemy lines

his majesty king george vi
graciously awarded the victoria cross
to
major frank gerald blaker mc
highland light infantry
attached 3bn 9th gurkha rifles
captain michael allmand
indian armoured corps
attached 3bn 6th gurkha rifles
lieutenant george albert cairns
somerset light infantry attached
1bn the south staffordshire regiment
rifleman tulbahadur pun
3bn 6th gurkha rifles

[Relief portrait]

in memory of
MAJOR GENERAL
ORDE CHARLES WINGATE, DSO
1903 - 1944

commander of the chindits
killed on active service
in burma 24th march 1944

"a man of genius who might well have
become a man of destiny" winston churchill

an important influence in the creation
of the israel defence forces and the
foundation of the state of israel

THE FOLLOWING TOOK PART IN
THE CHINDIT CAMPAIGNS 1943 - 1944

45 reconnaissance regiment rac
royal regiment of artillery
corps of royal engineers
royal corps of signals
2bn the queen's royal regiment (west surrey)
2bn the king's own royal regiment (lancaster)
1bn the king's regiment (liverpool)
13bn the king's regiment (liverpool)
1bn the bedfordshire & hertfordshire regiment
2bn the leicestershire regiment
7bn the leicestershire regiment
1bn the lancashire fusiliers
1bn the cameronians (scottish rifles)
2bn the duke of wellington's regiment
(west riding)
4bn the border regiment
1bn the south staffordshire regiment
2bn the black watch (royal highland regiment)
1bn the essex regiment
2bn the york & lancaster regiment
142 commando company
royal army chaplains department

THE FOLLOWING TOOK PART IN
THE CHINDIT CAMPAIGNS 1943 - 1944

royal army service corps
royal army medical corps
royal army ordnance corps
corps of royal electrical & mechanical
engineers
corps of military police
royal army veterinary corps
indian engineers : sappers & miners
royal indian army service corps
indian medical service
3bn 2nd king edward vii's own gurkha rifles
(the sirmoor rifles)
3bn 4th prince of wale's own gurkha rifles
3bn 6th gurkha rifles
3bn 9th gurkha rifles
4bn 9th gurkha rifles
2bn the burma rifles
hong kong volunteer defence force
6bn the nigerian regiment
7bn the nigerian regiment
12bn the nigerian regiment
burma intelligence corps
rcaf raaf rnzaf

Annotation

Unveiled 16 October 1990 by HRH The Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Sculptor

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Location (N 51°30'11" - W 0°7'26")

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