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Chindits Wingate & the Chindits

Monument: Chindits
War Memorial


{On the front of the plinth below the 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 King, India, Nepal, West Africa and the United States of America.  Air supply and direct operational support was given by the Royal Air Force and Ist 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: {list of 4 names and their regiments, in order of seniority.  See Commemorated subjects for the names.}

{On the left side of the plinth:}

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 Wales’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 Nigeria Regiment
7bn the Nigeria Regiment
12bn the Nigeria Regiment
Burma Intelligence Corps

{The back of the plinth is occupied by the Wingate memorial - see Also at this site.}

{On the right side of the plinth:}
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
2nb the Leicestershire Regiment
7bn the Leicestershire Regiment
1bn the Leicestershire 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

Unless we missed it, Cairns' name is not included in the Green Park Memorial Gate's list of VCs, while the other 3 Chindit VC names are.

Site: Wingate & the Chindits (2 memorials)

SW1, Victoria Embankment, Victoria Embankment Gardens - Whitehall section

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:

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Chindit Special Force

Formed by Wingate and served in Burma and India in 1943 and 1944 in WW2.   Co...

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King George VI

Became king when his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated. Like his father George ...

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Major General Orde Wingate

British army officer.  Born in India to a military family.  One of the founde...

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Captain Michael Allmand, VC

Victoria Cross, 1939 - 1945.  Indian Armoured Corps attached 3bn 6th Gurkha R...

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Major Frank Gerald Blaker MC

Victoria Cross, 1939 - 1945.   Highland Light Infantry attached 3bn 9th Gurkh...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:

Information Also at this site


Unveiled by the Duke of Edinburgh.

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