NEWS/EVENTS

 

 

THE JBA INDIA TOUR 2017 - DETAILS (AS AT 1 OCTOBER 2017)

 
JBA TOUR TO INDIA 2017
 
The programme is now confirmed as: 
 

Day 1. 28 October. The tour will take place starting from London Heathrow airport by British Airways 28th October departing 1025hrs and arriving New Delhi at 2325hrs.Transport to The Colonel's Retreat (CR) for supper and overnight stay arranged. 

 

Day 2.  29 October. Breakfast at CR then proceed on visits to: Lutyen's Old Delhi(The Walled City) built by the Moguls;The Presidential House (formerly the Viceroy's Palace); The India Gate (probable wreath laying ceremony), The Red Fort, etc.  Lunch will be at the Gymkhana Club(with possible short lecture on JB in WW1) founded in 1913 at the Coronation Grounds, Delhi. Later return to CR for dinner and overnight stay (Dinner may take place at the Officers' Mess 124 Infantry B attalion ( Sikh TA) being joined by some senior retired officers).

 

Day 3. 30 October. After breakfast in CR, fly to Amritsar on pre-booked flight and transfer to Bhandari Guest House (a further saving made here from previous booking elsewhare).

 

Day 4. 31 October. At 1000hrs visit the Golden Temple, the Sikh Holiest Temple. At 1500 proceed to Waqah Border,  which contains the only road which crosses between the India and Pakistan borders. The flag lowering ceremony is one of the most filmed military parades anywhere. At some stage we will visit the scene of the infamous massacre ordered by General Dwyer. Then to dinner there and overnight stay.

 

Day 5.  1 November. After breakfast in Amritsar, travel to visit the old JBA Barracks in Jullundur where a simple lunch will be taken. Then on to Chandigarh where we are guests of Capt Amarinder Singh (HH The Maharajah of Patiala), the current Chief Minister of Punjab and a great friend and supporter of the JBA. (Further details of this visit to follow but is likely to end with a dinner for Sikh military in the area as guests of HH).

 

Day 6. 2 November. Move to the mountains to stay at the Kasauli Officers' Club. The programme for the rest of the stay in the vicinity of the Club to follow. There will be a JBA Dinner in the evening with a military talk.

 

Day 7. 3 November. An early 0530hrs Reveille and then transport to nearby Dharampur to board the pre-booked train to Simla. The railway was commissioned in 1904 and starts its journey in the plains of Kalka winding its way up on a narrow guage line Simla, a distance of 99 kms to 7000 feet going through 102 tunnels. Having arrived at Simla at 1020 hrs, transfer to the Oberoi Clarkes  (OC) Hotel. Later a leisurely walk to the nearby Mall for lunch. Afternoon at leisure and then an evening stroll to the Club for drinks and dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day 8. 4 November. After breakfast proceed to the Vice Regal Lodge, the one time seat of Governance during the summer weather. Lunch will be taken at the Caldera, the first Golf Club designed outside the UK by Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India. Dinner that evening at the OC. There should be plenty of time to explore the Simla shops and book stores.

 

Day 9. 5 November. After an early breakfast, depart the OC and drive the 3 and a half hours to Chandigarh to board the train for Delhi( 3 hrs 20 mins).. Transfer to the CR for dinner.

 

Day 10. 6 November. Day at leisure. Evening drinks and final dinner at the Sabre Mess, Gymkhana Club.

 

Day 11. 7 November. Depart Delhi airport at 1105hrs Tue 7 November by BA; arrival at London Heathrow 1510hrs UK time. 

 

 

Points of note:

 

1. All those travelling have now paid their inclusive costs. All Visas have been allocated.

 2. Rupees can only be purchased in India in exchange for sterling, appropriate credit cards or travellers' chequed.

 3. Each individual is responsible for their own personal insurance from the start to the end of the tour and for getting transport to and from Heathrow Airport.

 4. Dinner Jackets or golf clubs  will not be required. Jackets/blazers. appropriate headwear and (JBA) ties should be brought for the occasional more formal meetings/meals but otherwise casual dress is acceptable.

 5. Bring your own requirements of medications.

 6. Do NOT forget your passports!

 7. NB. The programme is subject to change in detail but NOT in overall plans or travel date.

 8. The tour party is now closed to new admissions. 

 

 

MEMBERS WHO ARE CONFIRMED AS TRAVELLINGS ARE:

Peter Davies

Pushpindar Singh Chopra 

Devraj Singh 

Bob Smethurst 

Tim Waugh

Tim Plumptre

Paddy Singh  

John White

Noel Sutton-Smith

Hugh Mackay

Iain Smith

Bob Douglas

Jeremy Moss

Rick Holt

Ronnie McCrum 

 


Grand total = 15 

 

 

Additional New JBA Members 2017


Garry S Thomson CD
 
Brig General Garry Thomson joined the JBA in August 2017 and is listed under the Canadian Chapter.
General Thomson was born in Scotland; his Mother was Canadian and his Father a member of the Dundee Police who later became a Platoon Commander in the 6th Gordons and was captured at Anzio beachhead
in Italy.

After the War and higher education he was commissioned in 1963 into The Royal Regiment of Canada (which is officially affiliated to The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment); he commanded The Regiment from 1976-79 and after other senior appointments became the Deputy Commander Land Force Central Area (now 4th Canadian Division) from 1992-96. He is currently the Honorary Colonel of the Grey and Simcoe Foresters. He continues actively in a number of Military and Civilian senior appointments, including being Chairman of the Canadian Annual D-Day Dodgers Luncheon which pays tribute to the allied Forces engaged in the WW2 Italian Campaign   

 

 

Other News


The President mentioned that the Canadian Chapter of the JBA had indicated that they were considering holding a matching JBA Curry Lunch attended in Canada in future years. 

 Some JBA ties were presented by the Vice President and can be purchased from the President at £10 plus overseas postage.

Items for inclusion in the 2018 Calendar should be sent to the President by 1 November. A full Calendar will then be issued here. 

 

 

UK-India Year of Culture

Members may or may not be aware but 2017 marks the UK-India Year of Culture, one of the events to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence from Britain.  This programme of cultural exchanges is organised jointly by the British Council in India and the Indian Government in the UK, with support from the UK Arts Council.  The official launch took place on 27th February at Buckingham Palace, at a reception hosted by the Queen.

Events will take place across the UK and India throughout 2017; so look out for events in your area.

 

Chattri Memorial Service

This year’s annual Chattri Memorial Service took place on Sunday 11th June at the Chattri near Patcham, on the Downs north of Brighton.  

If Members ever want to visit the Memorial on any other day, you should simply park on the verge in Braypool Lane and take the walk across farmland for about a mile.  On a sunny day the views south to Brighton are spectacular.

 

THE JULLUNDUR BRIGADE-"AN UNTOLD STORY 1914-2014"

 

Remembering the hugely successful  JBA 2014 pilgrimage to the Menin Gate, the Indian Army War Memorial and the battlefields of Flanders where the Jullundur Brigade fought in World War 1 realised by the tremendous support and presence of The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, and largely organised by the enthusuasm and efficiency of the Project Officer, Maj Bob Smethurst, with the total support of The Colonel of The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, Brig Peter Rafferty MBE and his Regimental Secretary, Col Chris Owen, an educational book was produced by David Brookhouse, Heritage Learning Manager of the Cultural Services of Lancashire County Council for distribution to Schools Educational Centres in the North West of England and elesewhere. The book, which is handsomely produced with  a plethora of excellent photographs and recorded statements of participants in the Brigade, continues through to the present day. 

The book takes the form of Lesson Plans to be utilised by teachers to focus on the contribution that the three Regiments, British,Indian and (now) Pakistan of the Jullundur Brigademade to our joint  and National heritages. It is primarily the work of school children from 850 Primary Schools in the North West of England, a selection of whom attended the pilgrimage, under the coordination of David Brookhouse of the Cultural Services of Lancashire County Council, and is designed for use within schools  to record this particular history of our National Cutural heritage.

David has kindly agreed to post individual copies of "The Untold Sory" to the first ten applicants who email him at:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

"FOR KING AND COUNTRY"

 

The  President JBA, as Patron of 1914 Sikhs, and organised by Harbinder Singh Rana, hosted an evening presentation by Shrabani Basu in the Birmingham and Midland Institute to launch in the Midlands her recently published book "For King and Another Country" - 'Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-18' (and thus of particular interest to members of the JBA). The occasion formed part of the UK wide programme of events arranged by 'Sikhs 1914' to highlight the contribution of the Sikhs in World War and its aftermath. The evening was Chaired by Jim Richards a Litigation Partner of Pinsent Masons LLP who generously hosted the event.

Some 30 members of the public, including local members of the JBA, attended what was a most stimulating and informative presentation which took the form of the Author reading moving extracts from the book, including mention of some of the Victoria Crosses awarded to Sikhs  and afterwards, under the stewardship of Jim Richards, taking questions from the audience.

It is hoped that there will be a similar presentation in London to mark the launch of the paperback version of the book later this year (details will appear in our website in due course).

The book, which is beautifully printed and includes some fine photography, can be purchased now, published by Bloomsbury under ISBN 978-93-84052-91-1 in hardback for £25 and is highly recommended.   

 

 

JBA MEMBERS' BIOGRAPHIES

 

To add interest for  Members I have decided to publish, roughly once a month, a short biographical account of the life and service of individual members. I will do the selection and try to vary it between the various countries we now live in.

 

Number 3 Founder Member: 

Lt Col Brian Ayres MBE

 

Born in Liverpool on 6th January 1933, he was called up for National Service in 1951 and after Sandhurst was commissioned into The Kings Regiment (Liverpool). During the subsequent 35 years he served in: The British Army on the Rhine three time; West Berlin twice; several tours in UK; three times in Africa; and once in Belize. The highlight of his career was raising and then commanding the Belize Defence Force 1977 – 79. On retirement he took up a position as a Captain of Invalids for 13 years at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

In 1959 he married Greta. They had two children and his family now grown to five grandchildren and three great grandchildren and counting. Sadly Greta died not long after he finally retired. He then married Penny whose grandfather had served in the Indian Arm in the 32nd Sikh Pioneers and who later became the Judge Advocate General to the Indian Army.

 
 

eMail Addresses

All members are asked to register their changes in personal circumstances (personal eMail address and contact telephone numbers in particular) direct to The President ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ); this will greatly facilitate correspondence with members.

NB

1. All members are requested to check their personal details displayed on the Membership Page for accuracy of detail and spelling. Any required amendments should be emailed direct to the President.  

2. Those names marked by * are asked to confirm their current email address to the President

3. General notices sent by eMail will be sent out on set distribution lists to country specific bcc addressees to avoid compromising individual members' privacy.   

 

 

Articles

Articles on subjects relating to the Jullundur Brigade will be most welcome. Articles on individual soldiers, their Regiments, gallantry awards, dress, equipment, battles and related subjects, together with maps and photographs where available, should be forwarded to the President whose decision on inclusion ,amendment or rejection will be final. Submitted articles will be returned to the originator if so requested.

 

For the current list of articles, access the Articles section of this website.

Note under "The Regiments" that an extra dimension has been added to the History of the 59th (Scinde) Frontier Force Regiment thanks to input from JBA Member Iain Smith. 

 

 

Purchasing Regimental Militaria

Anyone wishing to purchase items of militaria of the Manchester Regiment (and its successor regiment The King's Regiment and now The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment) should go to www.dukeoflancastersregimentshop.com where many items of interest are illustrated and costed.

 

 

YouTube

Members might like to access You Tube at "World War 1 - The Indian Army" where some interesting pictorial information is displayed, much of it relevant to the Jullundur Brigade in Flanders.