JBA INDIA/PAKISTAN TOUR 2017
Due to unexpected changes, the March 2017 Tour has been cancelled; all have been informed.. Plans are being made to reestablish the tour in the late October/November 2017 period for approximately 10 days and will follow the original planned programme but hopefully may now include visits to Ist Frontier Force Regiment and other sites of interest in both Pakistan and India are currently being considered..
Watch this space!
NEW MEMBERS 2017
The following new Members have joined this year and the first four are now listed under the Canada Chapter; the others are listed under the UK Chapter:
a. Cranston, Don
Lives in Toronto, Canada. Honorary Lt Col of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry. Has connection with JBA through being employed for six summers in the early 1980s with the Fort Henry Guard; the British 8th of Foot served at Fort Henry during the War of 1812. Is currently the Chair of the Friends of Fort York in Toronto. Fort York was attacked by the US Army in April 1813; two companies of the 8th of Foot, elements of the Canadian Militia, and First Nations allies attempted to repulse the attack. The 8th's Grenadier Company engaged the US troops in a futile bayonet charge resulting in 46 dead including Captain Neal McNeale.
b. Newman, John
Lives in Toronto, Canada. Honorary Lt Col of the Canadian Rangers. Works for a Financial Holdings organisation in Toronto.
c. Panday, Hari
Lives in Toronto, Canada. Honorary Lt Col 32 Service Battalion, 4th Canadian Division. Attached to the Canadian Forces College as a Founding Director. Is the first Canadian Indian born HLtCol. Is currently President and CEO of a Canadian Capital Corporation. His Father, a Doctor, lived in Lahore Cantt. and was Personal Physician to the Governor of the Punjab before Partition.
d. Chapman, John
From UK National Service was commissioned into REME, serving in 16 Parachute Brigade in Cyprus and Jordan. Later became a Captain in 21 SAS (Artists Rifles)TA. Spent a year as Resident Engineer constructing a Power Plant in Ralwind inthe Punjab. Visited various places of military interest including the Kyyber Rifles Officers' Mess at Landi Kotal. Returns home in Canada in February 2017.
e. Johnson, Andy
Lives in UK. Is a Military Historian with particular interest in the Indian Army
f. Roberts, Andy
Lives in the North West of UK. Is also a Military Historian with particular interest in the Indian Army.
g. Paddam, (Paddy) Singh of Sheikhupura
Is an ex officer (Captain) of 16th Light Cavalry.Lives in UK near Salisbury and manages a Travel Company (www.hindoostantours.com). Is a friend of our Vice President and of Member Hari Singh. He is a regular visitor to New Delhi.
h. Plumptre, Tim
Is an amateur military history researcher who lives near Salisbury. His father was an infantry officer (The Buffs) in WW2, was captured at El Alamein and, after hospital treatment, was a POW in Italy who, on Italy's capitulation, escaped and travelling south to meet the Allies advance rejoined his Regiment.
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THE SIKH PIONEERS AND SIKH LIGHT INFANTRY ASSOCIATION 2017 NEWS LETTER
Once again, with the agreement of the Editor and JBA Member Iain White, I am able to publish the 2017 Sikh Pioneers and Sikh Light Infantry Association 2017 Newsletter which contains much of interest to JBA Members of the information will be of interest to JBA Members:
(Insert newsletter sent separately)
THE JULLUNDUR BRIGADE-"AN UNTOLD STORY 1914-2014"
Remembering the hugely successful JBA 2014 pilgrimage to the Menin Gate, the Indian Army War Memorial and the battlefields of Flanders where the Jullundur Brigade fought in World War 1 realised by the tremendous support and presence of The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, and largely organised by the enthusuasm and efficiency of the Project Officer, Maj Bob Smethurst, with the total support of The Colonel of The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, Brig Peter Rafferty MBE and his Regimental Secretary, Col Chris Owen, an educational book was produced by David Brookhouse, Heritage Learning Manager of the Cultural Services of Lancashire County Council for distribution to Schools Educational Centres in the North West of England and elesewhere. The book, which is handsomely produced with a plethora of excellent photographs and recorded statements of participants in the Brigade, continues through to the present day.
The book takes the form of Lesson Plans to be utilised by teachers to focus on the contribution that the three Regiments, British,Indian and (now) Pakistan of the Jullundur Brigademade to our joint and National heritages. It is primarily the work of school children from 850 Primary Schools in the North West of England, a selection of whom attended the pilgrimage, under the coordination of David Brookhouse of the Cultural Services of Lancashire County Council, and is designed for use within schools to record this particular history of our National Cutural heritage.
JBA CURRY LUNCH 2017- WARNING ORDER
The 2017 JBA Curry Lunch will take place in the Punjab Restaurant, Covent Garden on Friday 23 June 2016. A bidding letter will be sent out nearer the time.
ABBOTTABAD - REPORTING SAD NEWS
"The President recently received a copy of the following letter originated by JBA Member Mr Hamza Momin which is now shared with JBA Members:"
I recently visited Abbottabad, in North-West Pakistan and stayed in the old British military cantonment, with my teacher and mentor (and JBA Member) Dr Omer Tarin ; and this was a nostalgic trip for me , at many levels-- I had spent some of my own boarding school days there for some time; and, before me, my father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all been posted there as soldiers, during their military careers, in the Pakistan Army and before that the British Indian Army.
"FOR KING AND COUNTRY"
The President JBA, as Patron of 1914 Sikhs, and organised by Harbinder Singh Rana, hosted an evening presentation by Shrabani Basu in the Birmingham and Midland Institute to launch in the Midlands her recently published book "For King and Another Country" - 'Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-18' (and thus of particular interest to members of the JBA). The occasion formed part of the UK wide programme of events arranged by 'Sikhs 1914' to highlight the contribution of the Sikhs in World War and its aftermath. The evening was Chaired by Jim Richards a Litigation Partner of Pinsent Masons LLP who generously hosted the event.
Some 30 members of the public, including local members of the JBA, attended what was a most stimulating and informative presentation which took the form of the Author reading moving extracts from the book, including mention of some of the Victoria Crosses awarded to Sikhs and afterwards, under the stewardship of Jim Richards, taking questions from the audience.
It is hoped that there will be a similar presentation in London to mark the launch of the paperback version of the book later this year (details will appear in our website in due course).
The book, which is beautifully printed and includes some fine photography, can be purchased now, published by Bloomsbury under ISBN 978-93-84052-91-1 in hardback for £25 and is highly recommended.
Articles on subjects relating to the Jullundur Brigade will be most welcome. Articles on individual soldiers, their Regiments, gallantry awards, dress, equipment, battles and related subjects, together with maps and photographs where available, should be forwarded to the President whose decision on inclusion ,amendment or rejection will be final. Submitted articles will be returned to the originator if so requested.
For the current list of articles, access the Articles section of this website.
Note under "The Regiments" that an extra dimension has been added to the History of the 59th (Scinde) Frontier Force Regiment thanks to input from JBA Member Iain Smith.
Purchasing Regimental Militaria
Anyone wishing to purchase items of militaria of the Manchester Regiment (and its successor regiment The King's Regiment and now The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment) should go to www.dukeoflancastersregimentshop.com where many items of interest are illustrated and costed.
Members might like to access You Tube at "World War 1 - The Indian Army" where some interesting pictorial information is displayed, much of it relevant to the Jullundur Brigade in Flanders.
JBA MEMBERS' BIOGRAPHIES
To add interest for Members I have decided to publish, roughly once a month, a short biographical account of the life and service of individual members. I will do the selection and try to vary it between the various countries we now live in.
Number 2 Founder Member:
Lt Gen Devraj Singh (Retd)
I was born in Agra (the city where the Taj Mahal is located). My father Maj Lakshman Singh was in the Artillery but later went to the Army Education Corps. Happily married to Shiela Singh. We have a son.
Commissioned in 5 SIKH Battalion of the SIKH Regiment, went on to command the same. During my command, had the privilege to host Maj Gen Peter Davies, our current President JBA, Brig Percival, then Military Advisor, British High Commission, New Delhi and Pushpinder Chopra for a few days.
I retired as Director General Infantry and Colonel of the SIKH Regiment. In October 2014 travelled along with my wife Shiela Singh to France commemorate the battles fought by the Jullundher Brigade as part of the JBA delegation.