1915 4th Btn band & drums, Maymyo, Burma

1915 4th Btn band & drums, Maymyo, Burma

Postby plbramham » Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:19 am

4th Border band and drums Maymyo Burma 1915
Maymyo played an important role in British military history. The British named the town (Maymyo is “May's Town” in Burmese), after Colonel May, an Indian Mutiny veteran and commander of the Bengal Regiment temporarily stationed at the town in 1887. It became a British hill station (3510 feet elevation) in 1896, and is situated in the Shan Highlands 42 miles East of Mandalay. Later it became the summer capital of Burma when the civil, commercial and military establishments moved to escape the heat and humidity in Rangoon.
The 1st battalion were based in Maymyo Burma from 1910, returning to England in 1914 when they were relieved by the 4th Btn territorials to enable the regulars to return home for service in France and Flanders. The 1st Btn. had previously been posted to Burma in 1889. The 2nd Btn also had a Burma posting in 1902. The 34th (Cumberland) Regiment of Foot were in Burma in 1875. British settlers and colonial administrators sent their children to be educated in Maymyo at The Government English High Schools.
During The Second World War after the evacuation of Rangoon, Maymyo was the British seat of Government. The Japanese heavily bombed centres of communication at the rear of British forces including Maymyo. The town had a large Anglo-Burmese population, and during the Japanese occupation many of them were incarcerated for fear of their loyalty to the British.
Now named Pyin U Lwin or Pyin Oo Lwin , the town’s two main tourist attractions are the Penkchin Mhyan Cave containing thousands of Buddha images, and the National Botanical Gardens with it’s orchid houses and rose beds which was established in 1915.
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Re: 1915 4th Btn band & drums, Maymyo, Burma

Postby plbramham » Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:43 pm

Another photo of the band in Maymyo - larger group with officers.
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Maymyo, Burma & Milnthorpe, Westmorland

Postby plbramham » Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:23 pm

Milnthorpe and Maymyo
By 1915 several 4th battalion territorials from Milnthorpe ( then in Westmorland) were based in Maymyo, Burma, including R. Sharpe, R. Thompson and Lt Ernest Mashiter, an Oxford graduate whose father John, as the town postmaster, had to convey news of casualties to families in the area.
All of the territorials survived the war ( despite Ernest later fighting in France), but some had a close call with food poisoning after eating nuts from the Burmese jungle and were saved by surgeons with stomach pumps.
When John retired from the Post Office in 1922 he built a rather grand house overlooking the town which he named “ Maymyo”. Several other large properties were built around it, as for a while that part of Milnthorpe was known as “Maymyo Town”.
There was a Mashiter casualty in Milnthorpe – 20 year old Edward Crayston Mashiter of 8th Border who died 14/7/16. ( I’m thinking maybe a nephew or similar of the postmaster?)
Milnthorpe suffered very heavy casualties in WW1, especially from the 8th battalion, see viewtopic.php?f=31&t=1854&p=6072&hilit=milnthorpe+war+memorial#p6072
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