"Calling Blighty" films

Posted on 3rd Nov 2020 by Sarah Gray

"Calling Blighty" is a series of short films made between 1944 and 1946 of individual servicemen and women in the Far East sending personal messages home to their family and friends. These poignant filmed messages were shown in local cinemas to speci …

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“I Felt No Sorrow - This Was War: Burma 1942-45" by Gordon Heynes

Posted on 14th Oct 2020 by Sarah Gray

Gordon Heynes signed up as a World War II volunteer aged thirty-seven in late 1941. He trained as a tank gunner and was drafted overseas to join the Allied campaign in South Asia. After further training in India, his regiment, the 25th Dragoons, was …

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Burma Star Memorial Fund newsletter issue 3

Posted on 5th Sep 2020 by Sarah Gray

The VJ-Day 75 commemorative edition of our newsletter has just been published. You can read Major General Julian Thompson’s reflections on the Burma Campaign. There are also photos taken at the National Commemorative Service at the Arboretum with …

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A speech by our Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales for the 75th anniversary of VJ Day

Posted on 16th Aug 2020 by Sarah Gray

During the national commemorative service marking the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, our Patron HRH The Prince of Wales gave the following speech: "Today we remember and give thanks for the extraordinary bravery, resourcefulness and tenacity demonstrat …

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Welcoming our second Burma Star Scholar

Posted on 7th Jul 2020 by Sarah Gray

We have just awarded our second Burma Star Scholarship to Kushma Thapa. Kushma graduated from the Himalayan College of Engineering at Tribhuvan University in Nepal and then spent four years assisting with the reconstruction of her country after the d …

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Members of the Burma Star Association saddened by the passing of Dame Vera Lynn

Posted on 19th Jun 2020 by Sarah Gray

Burma Star members fondly remember Dame Vera Lynn who was one of the first, if not the first, ENSA act to arrive in Burma during WWII. Those who were privileged to meet her ‘in theatre’ recall her courage at being in that part of the world at tha …

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Newsletter - Issue 1 - News from the Burma Star Memorial Fund

Posted on 16th Jun 2020 by Sarah Gray

View the Newsletter Online here. THE MEMORIAL FUND’S RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC, THE VISCOUNT SLIM The Burma Star Association (the Association) was formed in the wake of the destruction and devastation of the Second World War to help nurture th …

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Burma Star Association AGM  2020

Posted on 15th Jun 2020 by Sarah Gray

At the recent Trustees' meeting, after much discussion, it was agreed that the 2020 AGM should be cancelled. This has been brought about by the unprecedented situation regarding Covid-19 where it has become impossible for large groups of people to me …

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Speech given by HRH The Prince of Wales at Clarence House on 2 March 2020

Posted on 4th May 2020 by Sarah Gray

THE PRINCE OF WALES DELIVERS A SPEECH AT A RECEPTION FOR THE BURMA STAR MEMORIAL FUND AT CLARENCE HOUSE MONDAY 2ND MARCH Ladies and Gentlemen, I would just like to say, if I may before you all rush home, what a great pleasure and enormous privile …

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Closure of the Association

Posted on 3rd May 2020 by Sarah Gray

On the 1st April 2020, the Association was officially merged with The Burma Star Memorial Fund and all their assets and liabilities were combined into the Fund. However, The Burma Star Association as a charity will not be closed until the 15 August 2 …

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