Sunday, April 21, 2024

British grand-daughter recreate 39-hour walk of grand-father during WW-II

Nagaland News

KOHIMA, APRIL 3: Re-creating the 39-hour walk undertaken by her grandfather during World War II, The Trustee of Kohima Education Trust, Charlotte Carty with team of 26 others completed the walk from Jessami to Kohima today.
This 39 hours walk is Carty’s mission to remember her grandfather Lt Col ‘Bruno’ Brown, CO 1st Assam Regiment, Battle of Kohima 1944 and also marking the 80th anniversary of WW-II.
It may be mentioned that the team was accorded a warm welcome by Chakhesang Public Organization (CPO) at Phek village on March 31. MLA Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu and Leader NPF legislature Party also addressed the gathering.
The British team led by Carty commenced the walk from Jessami (Manipur) and part of Phek district (Nagaland) on April 1 and traversed through Lozaphuhu, Losami, Chizami, Losatephe, Pfutsero, Kikruma, Kezo Town, Chedema and finally arrived Kohima WWII Cemetery today covering a distance of 124 kms.
On arriving Kohima, the team was greeted by Kohima Village Youth Organisation (KVYO) at D. Khel Kohima village and escorted them till their end journey at war cemetery. They were also joined by the Chairman of D. Khel Council Pele Khezhie , Quick response team, the GBs and others.
The Kohima Educational Trust held a reception programme at War Cemetery, wherein Carty said this journey is all about remembering and celebrating the past and passing it to the next generation so they also remember and pass it to the next generation.
Expressing that it was hard walking for day and night without any sleep and proper rest, she said it must have been more difficult for her grandfather and his regiment as they had been fighting for days and night before they started their journey and even the terrain must have been worse and tough. “Though we could not exactly trace where they went but we tried to make a good recreation and it was a good experience”, he said.
She also advised the younger generation to remember the past and value the beautiful place we live in and celebrate it.
Also speaking to media, Carty informed that she was accompanied by 26 of her friends including her husband and 3 children.
20 others who were part of the walk also had descendants involved during the war, she said.
Two more were, Dr Robert Lyman, a historian who is an expert on Kohima and Bertie Alexander, a travel agent who had planned and executed most of their journey.
Meanwhile, on Thursday the team will hold a commemoration programme on the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Kohima at WW-II cemetery.
(Page News Service)