About Us

About the Burma Star Memorial Fund

The Burma Star Memorial Fund is a registered charity (number 1109753) and was established in 2005. It exists to allow the legacy of the Burma Star veterans to live on and to continue to be commemorated. The Memorial Fund focuses on the remembrance aspect of the Burma Campaign and will ensure that those who served in the Campaign will never be forgotten. It is connected to the Burma Star Association which was set up in 1951 to relieve hardship or distress among the men and women who served in HM and Allied Forces or the Nursing Services in the Burma Campaign of the 1939-1945 war or who were otherwise entitled to be holders of the Burma Star or Pacific Star with Burma clasp and for their widows, widowers or dependents.

The Memorial Fund runs a Burma Star scholarship programme. The Burma Star Scholars study at UCL in fields related to the Burma Campaign. Our plan is to draw scholars from around the world who, like the 14th Army, are excited by the thought that the world can be a better place.

The Burma Star memorial grove at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire provides a tangible place for those who wish to reflect and remember Burma Star holders throughout the year. A service of remembrance is held at the Grove each year in May to commemorate those who died in the Burma campaign. Wreath laying ceremonies are also held by the Memorial Fund at the memorials to Lord Louis Mountbatten and Field Marshal Slim in September of each year in London.

Our Immediate Goal:

  • We plan to fully fund fourteen Burma Star scholars at Masters level, each with a year's fees and living costs.
  • Each scholarship cost £50,000.
  • We therefore need to raise a total of £700,000.

Burma Star Scholars in Perpetuity:

  • In the long-term, we plan to fund a number of Burma Star Scholarships in perpetuity at Masters level through a permanently endowed programme.

The Philanthropic Opportunity:

  • We are looking for a philanthropic partner for each of our scholarships.
  • Co-branding of the Burma Star Scholarships is available to our partners.
Learn more about the scholarship programme

About the Burma Star Medal

The Burma Star and the Pacific Star with Burma Clasp were alternative awards given during the Far Eastern campaign. Personnel who by their service qualified for both stars were awarded only the Campaign star for which they first qualified; they were however, given a clasp to show their entitlement to the second award.

The Burma Star was awarded for one day or more of operational service during the Burma Campaign between the 11th December 1941 and the 2nd September 1945.

Awarded for service between

11th December1941
&
2nd September1945
The Burma Star medal

The Burma Star medal ribbon has a red centre with dark blue, orange and dark blue edges.  The red represents the Army & Commonwealth Forces, the dark blue bands represent British Naval Forces and the orange, the sun.

The Pacific Star medal

The Pacific Star medal ribbon has a yellow centre bounded by green each side representing the forests and beaches of the Pacific.  To the left and right of the green are sky (Royal Air Force) and navy blue (Royal Navy & Merchant Navy) lines and the edges of the ribbon are in red (Army).

The Burma Star medal

The basic medals issued to soldiers who served in Burma were the Burma Star, the 1939-45 Star, the Defence Medal and the Victory Medal.

The Memorial Fund's Annual Reports

The Burma Star Memorial Fund is a registered charity (number 1109753).

View the Memorial Fund's annual reports below.

Trustees

Viscount Mark Slim

Chairman

The Viscount Slim

Mark Slim has spent over 30 years working in the commercial property industry based in the City of London. He is an Executive Director of CBRE and had his own practice for many years. He is also a Non Executive Director of Muntons PLC and Oakley Properties. He lives in Dorset with his wife, Hattie and 3 sons.

JM Archer Esq

After serving with The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment for ten years, Jeremy Archer retrained in sales at IBM (UK) Ltd before working for almost three decades in the City of London. A published military historian – with an MA in Research in Military History from the University of Buckingham – he has written a number of books on the subject. As well as his own Regiment and The Rifles, Jeremy is a Trustee of a number of military charities, including the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Service League, The Not-Forgotten Association, the Keep Military Museum and the Army Museums Ogilby Trust.

JM Archer
Rear Admiral CHT Clayton

Rear Admiral CHT Clayton

Son of a Gurkha Officer and Burma Star recipient, Christopher Clayton served for 38 years in the Royal Navy. He spent seventeen years in the cockpit as a naval pilot followed by three commands at sea and a variety of staff appointments culminating as Director of Military Intelligence at NATO HQ in Brussels. On leaving the service he spent five years as Naval Adviser to BAE Systems. Now retired and farming rare breeds, he maintains an active interest in veteran affairs and became a Trustee of the Burma Star Memorial Fund in 2012.

Director

Director

Mark J A Cann

Mark for the past 20 years has been working in the charity sector, helping charities with their planning, events, governance and leading change. He is the Director of the Burma Star Memorial Foundation, The British Forces Foundation (a morale boosting charity for serving members of the Armed Forces) and ERS Foundation. He won the Charity Times ‘Principle of the year’ award in 2009. Before that he was in the Army as a 17/21 Lancer then Queen’s Royal Lancer for 12 years. His service took him on operations to Belize, Mozambique, Bosnia, and Cyprus. He also served in India, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Canada and UK. He retired, declining a place at Staff College, a Major, having been an Operations Officer, Adjutant and Squadron Leader. He commanded D Squadron Royal Yeomanry for 18 months after retiring.

Mark is also a Director of CU2 Ltd (a successful ‘Events, Consultancy and PR’ company with a small property portfolio) and ChariAdmin Ltd (which supports charities).

Educated at Repton School, and Loughborough University (BA (Hon) in Politics and History).

Mark’s Who’s Who listing describes a passion for all sports especially Skiing, Polo and Tennis and that he is an, ‘enthusiastic but awful’ golfer. His other passions are collecting first edition political autobiographies, Karsh portrait photographs and first edition early twentieth century novels.

Mark is married to Emma a very talented equestrian and company director. They have a daughter, twin boys and live in Wiltshire.

Contact
Mark J A Cann

Benevolence

The Memorial Fund’s connected charity, the Burma Star Association, has distributed over £3 million to help Burma Star holders and their spouse/widow/widower throughout the United Kingdom and war time Allied countries since it was established. All requests for benevolence support should be directed to the Burma Star Association.

How the Association can provide assistance

  • Residential and care home fees and care home costs;
  • Respite placements to cover hospitalisation of the carer;
  • Contribution to the costs of wheelchairs and electronic scooters (EPVs);
  • Contribution to the costs of mobility aids, riser/recliner chairs, profiling beds and stair lifts;
  • Communication aids like Care Call, life line pendant, help with travelling expenses for hospital visits;
  • Contribution to the cost of miscellaneous alterations and home repairs – bath lifts or low-level showers, entrance alterations required because of mobility or disability, central heating/boiler repairs, window and door repairs or replacements;
  • Personal aids;
  • Household items (washing machine, refrigerator or furniture);
  • Sundry debts (utility bills etc.).

The Association’s criteria for support

  • You do not have more than £10,000 in savings – this includes investments, ISAs and Premium bonds, etc (it does not however include the value of the home).
  • You are prepared to allow a caseworker to visit you in your home to complete an application form.  You may of course have a family member present during the meeting.
  • Where an application is for a home improvement grant (DFG), towards a bathroom conversion or a stair lift that has been refused by a local council, please keep all of the correspondence as it will assist in the assessment process. If you are struggling with energy bills, please have the latest bill available.

The focus of the Association is to provide help and assistance to people who wish to remain in their own homes.  Applications for assistance towards the cost of an item that you have already purchased are not accepted.  Making a decision in most cases only takes a week or so and therefore if the item is required urgently then please contact the Benevolence Secretary at the Burma Star Association prior to purchase.