Major General Murray Naylor to be the new President of KET
Following unanimous support at the most recent meeting of the trustees of the Kohima Educational Trust, Major General Murray Naylor has accepted the Trust’s invitation to become President of the Kohima Educational Trust. Murray is well-known since he commanded 2nd Division, was the first Chairman of the Kohima Educational Trust and is a regularly in attendance at the York Kohima remembrance events. We are very fortunate that he has agreed to become President and we all welcome him warmly. We look forward to his guidance and advice.
The 2016 Battle of Kohima Remembrance Service was held
on 7 July in the Dean's Garden at York Minster
The service was held in memory of those who took part in the Battle of Kohima and to celebrate the lives of those who survived the campaign. This year's servive was a recent record – 185 people attended – with many attending for the first time.
The ceremony was an opportunity to show our gratitude to these brave men and the Nagas who helped achieve their victory. Veterans of the battle, voted one of the greatest in history, laid wreaths and remembered fallen comrades. Read more here >
The new book Among the Headhunters by Military Historian Robert Lyman tells the story of the Naga village of Pangsha (where the Kohima Educational Trust built a hostel in 2014) during two significant visitations by Europeans, first in 1936 and then (by virtue of a C-46 falling from the sky) in 1943. Among the Headhunters is the first account of this incredible story.
"I found it exciting, vivid and moving."
Alan Macfarlane, F.B.A., Emeritus Professor of Anthropology,
University of Cambridge Read more here >
Frank Holden of the Lancashire Fusiliers died in battle on 7 May 1944, age 25.
His nephew, also named Frank Holden sponsors a KET scholar who is is seen here laying a wreath on the anniversary of Frank Holden’s death.
7th May 2016
UK-Japan veterans’ reconciliation reception November 2015
Remembrance Day and 70th anniversary of the end of WWII
British and Japanese veterans reunite at the British Embassy Tokyo read full story >
Kohima 1954 by Gordon Graham
First three lines from the first verse
A beautifully produced one page limited edition of 50 copies of Kohima 1954
Signed by Gordon Graham – now available to purchase from the KET Secure Shop
"Returning to Kohima ten years after the battle, I was guided to my battalion’s memorial…”
Available tastefully framed or unframed here >
Special Kohima Signed Cover Available to Purchase
Please support KET and purchase this highly-collectable Special Cover which pays tribute to the fallen soldiers of the Battle of Kohima and recognises the good work of the Kohima Educational Trust.
Signed by Major General David Shaw CBE and Dr Robert Lyman FRHistS, it is strictly limited to just 500 copies and postmarked on the 70th anniversary of VJ Day – 15th August 2015.
Supporting commentary about this epic battle in the war against Japan has been written by Dr Robert Lyman FRistS is contained inside the envelope.
– to purchase please visit our Secure Shop >
The Trees are all Young on Garrison Hill
The Trees Are All Young On Garrison Hill was published ten years ago in a limited edition of 1,000 copies, each of which was signed by Gordon Graham. The profits went to KET and since publication it has become a rare book, with occasional copies selling at exaggerated prices on the Internet.
To make it available economically, a Kindle ebook edition has been produced and the author has also recorded an Audiobook version, both editions masterminded by David Percy, producer of our KOHIMA film.
The Kindle ebook edition is now available to read under the title
The Trees are all Young on Garrison Hill:
A Personal Memoir Featuring the 1944 Battle of KOHIMA
The new Audiobook edition is now ready for immediate download
Further information and download links here
All royalties go to the Kohima Educational Trust
A physical MP3 CD is also available – please go to our Secure Shop
Please note the MP3 CD version plays on MP3-enabled CD players only
Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders’ Reunion
Friday 2nd May 2014 marked the start of Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders’ reunion weekend in Inverness, which included a dinner and the laying up of colours at the Old High Church, Inverness.
It was also their ‘Kohima Weekend’ as the Regiment fought at the battle and this date marked the 70th Anniversary of the battle.
Major Gordon Graham was joined by Lieutenant Colonel David Murray and they jointly presented the portfolio album of photographs of Cameron graves located in Kohima – the Roll of Honour: Kohima 1944.
Read More about the weekend event here
The First Naga Bibliography
Now available to read
and download here
Documentary receives its Scottish premiere
Hailed as a great success, the event was attended by an audience of 220 people and raised funds for the important work of the Kohima Educational Trust in Nagaland.
"I want to say how much we enjoyed the film. You’ve done a wonderful job and have produced a fitting tribute to the British and Commonwealth troops and the Naga people involved."
Keith & Suzanne Thacker
"The film is excellent – skillfully interweaving past and present, and looking towards the future – beautifully representing the work of the Trust."
"My husband and I watched the film last night.
What a great job you have done with it – moving, informative and inspiring. Well done! The KET is doing wonderful work."
Dr Elizabeth Kaegi, Canada
DVD Now Available: Order here
"The DVD really is excellent. I've been reading books about the Kohima battle but found it hard to understand geographically what was going on. The film made it abundantly clear. It was truly excellent seeing how Kohima was and how it is now; still poverty stricken by the look of it but so built up. I'd really like to visit the place. There's a possibility of me being in that general area in 2015 and I'm seriously considering making it a side trip." – Nick Jones, USA
More film tributes >
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