The Veterans

Monument in Dean’s Park, York Minster

The monument to 2nd Division is reproduced in the Dean’s Park beside York Minster.  Here, a Memorial Service and lunch is held each July. After the laying of wreaths, Kohima veterans and their families would 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.

After the battle

After 50 years

After 63 years

 

60th Anniversary Reunion
Kohima survivors of the British 2nd Division and the Japanese 31st Division

Kohima survivors of the Japanese 31st Division at the Memorial Service at York Minster
 
Bill Crabb (2nd Manchesters)
1919 – 2009
Queen Elizabeth II meeting veterans during her visit to Imphal Barracks in 1983

Youtube video of Kohima veterans honoured at Buckingham Palace.