The Veterans

Monument in Dean’s Park, York Minster

The monument to 2nd Division is reproduced in smaller size in the Dean’s Park beside York Minster.  Here, a Memorial Service is held each July.  In 2024, it will be on July 4th.  After the laying of wreaths, Kohima veterans and their families return to Imphal Barracks for lunch and then across the barracks to visit the Kohima Museum.  As the years have passed, fewer veterans have been able to attend, but attendance by those who remember them has remained strong.

Queen Elizabeth II inspects 2nd Division veterans at Imphal Barracks 1983
Kohima survivors of the British 2nd Division and the Japanese 31st Division, York 1984

Kohima survivors of the Japanese 31st Division, York 1984
60th Anniversary Reunion of 4th Battalion Queen’s Own Royal West Kents
60th Anniversary Reunion.
The lady behind the flag is Countess Mountbatten.
To her right is Raymond Street of the Royal West Kents.
The flag was captured by the Japanese in Singapore.  
Raymond Street

MY DAD CRIED ON REMEMBRANCE
SUNDAY

Robert Street
Kohima Museum Trustee. Written in memory of his father Private Raymond Street, 4 Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment.


He didn’t take long to prepare
A cup of tea, the TV, sat in his favourite chair
At 11, he stood to attention, straight and erect
It was his way of showing them respect
My Dad cried on Remembrance Sunday
Were they tears of joy; no
Tears of regret; maybe so
Tears of gratitude for he made it home
Tears of sorrow for those left buried alone

My Dad cried on Remembrance Sunday
It doesn’t take long to prepare
A cup of tea, the TV, sat in my favourite chair
At 11, I stand to attention, straight and erect
It’s my way of showing him respect
It’s my turn to cry on Remembrance Sunday
Are they tears of joy; no
Tears of regret; maybe so
Tears of gratitude for he made it home
Tears of sorrow for I now watch alone
It’s my turn to cry on Remembrance Sunday

From “Soldier Poets of the 2nd British Infantry Division” by Bob Cook & Robin McDermott.

 
Bill Crabb (2nd Manchesters)
1919 – 2009
Kohima Veterans Reunion 2013

Youtube video of Kohima veterans honoured at Buckingham Palace.