JBA LONDON LUNCH 2013
It is now confirmed that the 2013 JBA London Lunch will take place in the Punjab Restaurant, Covent Garden, London at 1230 pm on Friday 14th June.
JBA DINNER DELHI 2003
The 2013 JBA Delhi Dinnertook place at the home of Pushpindar and Deepak Singh Chopra in New Delhi on Saturday 16 February 2013. The following JBA members, in addition to the President and Pushpindar, attended: Lt Gen Manjit Singh Bhullar(formerley Colonel of the Sikh Regiment).Lt Gen Devraj Singh(formerley Colonel of the Sikh Regikment),Lt Gen Ashok Chaterjee (formerley of the Sikh Light Infantry), Maj Gen Narain Pathania (formerley 5th Goorkha Rifles-Frontier Force)*, Maj Gen Ashok Mehta (formerley 5th Goorkha Rifles-Frontier Force), Sqn Ldr Rana Chhina (Director Historical Division, United Services Institute India). Also present were: HE Mr Pierre Vaesen (Belgian Ambassador to India),Dr Manoj Joshi (Strategic Defence Analyst), Brig Sarfraz Chaudri(Defence Adviser PHC and formerley 54 Cavalry, Pakistan Army) and Mr Simon Watson (Aviation Photographer).
*Gen Pathania's grand uncle was the legendary Subedahr Major Prabhat Chand of the erstwhile 59th Scinde Rifles(Forntier Force)who took command of the battalion during the severe fighting at Neuve Chapelle when all British officers were killed or incapacitated.
Sikh Pioneer and Light Infantry Association Lunch
The President and Julia were the guests of JBA Member Lt Gen Chaterjee at the 80th and final Reunion Lunch of the Sikh Pioneer and Light Infantry Association which took place at the Bear Hotel, Hungerford on Saturday 13th October. Also attending were Iain Smith(wearing his JBA tie) Editor of their News Letter and Harbinder Singh Rana also a guest. Amongst the excellent turn out was Major Malcolm Bradbury, Honorary Secretary of the Kai Kai Baluch Club.
The death is announced of Flt Lt Roger Cocksedge on 9 November 2012. Since joining the JBA Roger had been a regular attender at all gatherings and the JBA representative at at least three Chattri Ceremonie.
Mr Mandeep Singh Bajwa, the son of Maj Gen Kuldip Singh Bajwa of the Regiment of Artillery,and Maj Simon Jackson, late of The King's Regiment,, are our newest members.
2014 Forward forward planning!
It is understood that the 5th Sikh Regimental Association is planning a commemorative parade in France in 2014 to coincide with the Anniversaries of the Battles of La Basse and Neuve Chapelle on 28 October 2014. It is hoped that a contingent from each of the three surviving regiments may attend with a party from the Jullundur Brigade Association. Further details in due course.
Duke of Lancaster's Regiment News
The next Colonel of The Regiment (the successor Regiment to The Manchester Regiment) is to be JBA Member Brigadier Peter Rafferty MBE.
The new Regimental Secretary is Colonel Chris Owen, late The King's Regiment.
The distinctive membership ties are red (Frontier Force) and yellow (Sikh Regiment) stripes on a green (Manchester Regiment) background.
All members are asked to register their personal eMail addresses with the Association Register at the Association's Headquarters (eMail address quoted on the Home Page); this will greatly facilitate correspondence with members. It will also be greatly appreciated if changes of email addresses are also reported immediately.
Articles on subjects relating to the Jullundur Brigade will be most welcome. Articles on individual soldiers, their Regiments, gallentry awards, dress, equipment, battles and related subjects, together with maps and photographs where available, should be forwarded via the Association Headquarters. The Editor's 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.
Purchasing Regimental Militaria
New Member Maj Gen Muhammad Zahoor Malik HI(M) would be interested to hear from any Member who may have also been born or spent their formative years in the pre-Partition Districts in the Punjab of Montgomery or Rawalpindi. Please call him on 07896-917019 when he will be delighted to reminisce.
Members might like to access You Tube at "World war 1 - The Indian Army" where some interesting pictorial informationis displayed, much of it relevant to the Jullundur Brigade in Flanders.