Film and talk event in York as part of York Festival

Come and watch Kohima: Britain's Greatest Battle at York Festival

In 1944, the garrison in a hill town in north-east India , was besieged by a Japanese Division. The 1500 defenders withstood the attack for two weeks until they were relieved by the 2nd British Division. The ensuing battle lasted two months and drove the Japanese into retreat. Military historians James Holland and Robert Lyman will show extracts from the film Imphal and Kohima: Britain's Greatest Battle and discuss the importance of this battle and that of the battle of Imphal which was taking place simultaneously further south. Rob Lyman will also talk about the Kohima Educational Trust which was founded fifteen years ago by veterans of the battle to raise funds to improve lives in the area around Kohima in order to repay a debt of gratitude to the local population for their help during the battle.

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Wed, 3 July 2019 - 18:30 - 21:30 BST

Holbeck Cinema,
Department of Theatre,
Film and Television
Campus East,
University of York
YO10 5GB

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Charles Barclay

Tom Lloyd - Prudential 100

Soon to be 31 year old Welshman living down in Surrey and working at Hazelwood School, Oxted. An avid sportsman, both in participation and as a supporter, I love trying all sporting challenges from rugby to golf to hiking to triathlons. I completed my first triathlon at Hever Castle and shortly after found my way into running the London Marathon. Injury hampered training, inflicting the most hurt on my time however I would have crawled over the finish line if I had to! With the unfaltering support of KET trustee, Ben Brownless, I participated in a 500km cycling round trip from Oxted to Beaumont Hamel (France) in honour of VC recipient Lt Geoffrey Cather, a former pupil of Hazelwood School, Oxted. As a teacher I believe in the importance to continue learning and pushing myself, setting a positive example for the pupils to follow. Everyone has their 'Everest' to climb, one day I'll reach those lofty heights, but a great part of reaching such a goal is the moments in between. The Ride-100 has been on the to-do list for quite some time and it's an added bonus to be able do it in such a wonderful part of the country.

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75th Anniversary Commemoration in York - 3rd and 4th July 2019

This years' Commemoration Service will be held on Thursday 4th July in the Deans Garden , York Minster. It is always a marvellous occasion with a rousing band and piper accompanying a very moving service dedicated to the brave men who took part in the battles. This 75th anniversary year will be a particularly special occasion with the Archbishop of York giving the Address and many VIPs attending the service in the beautiful and calm surroundings of the Dean's Garden, York Minster.

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On the previous evening, Wednesday 3rd July, there will be a film and talk at York University's Holbeck Theatre. Military historians James Holland and Robert Lyman will show extracts from the film Imphal and Kohima: Britain's Greatest Battle. There will be a Q&A session and refreshments will be served afterwards. Doors open at 6.30pm with the main event at 7pm.

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Availaibility is limited so early booking is advisable

Charles Barclay

Prudential Ride 100 complete

Our plucky tandem riders completed the Prudential London Surrey 100 miles yesterday in 7 hours and 45 minutes including plenty of stops and a few delays due to congestion on the course after accidents. There was lots of support from spectators because they were on a tandem ( Haren is registered blind ) and lots of jolly jape comments regarding the man at the back not pedalling!! He reckons he was the powerhouse! They powered up Leith Hill without stopping and finished the day tired, muddy but happy. If you would like to show them your support please do go to our Virgin Money page or Haren's own page at Virgin Money Giving

Please support Haren Thillainathan to raise money
for KET by donating through Virgin Money Giving

We are proud to be launching the inaugural Gordon Graham prize for Naga literature.

"Gordon Graham fought at the Battle of Kohima as a young captain of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders in the British 2nd Division under General Grover. Personally, he won two Military Crosses in the Burma Campaign. A journalist, a published author and international publisher of repute, he could not forget the help and assistance given to him and his comrades by the Nagas during the War. He initiated and founded the Kohima Educational Trust (KET) a charitable educational trust in the UK in 2004 to assist with the education of the descendants of the Naga allies who helped the British to win the Battle of Kohima, now voted the most significant battle in the history of Britain.

Gordon always wanted Nagas to come closer with each other and live in peace and harmony. One of his ideas was to promote understanding through learning one another's language - the result was "Keywords", a glossary of the 16 officially recognized tribe languages of Nagaland, published by the KET and available for sale with the KES.

It was Gordon's idea to start a Naga Literature Prize to promote Naga writing. Posthumously (Gordon passed away in 2015), the Kohima Educational Society (KES), the Nagaland counterpart of the KET, decided that this Prize for Naga Literature should be named after Gordon. Hence the Gordon Graham Prize for Naga Literature.

The prize is launched to promote good writing and to raise the profiles of Naga writers. The award is aimed at recognizing and rewarding the knowledge-keepers and idea-givers of Naga Society and is intended to encourage reading and writing within the Naga community - And, of course, more interactions within Naga society and with others."

We look forward to sharing more news with you in due time.

We are very sad to report that our trustee Lily Das passed away on Saturday 14th July at 11.30pm.

Our President tells us "Lily was one of the 'originals' who helped to establish KET. She was always fun, and a tactful, well respected ambassador between Nagas and British, interpreting the one to the other. Her contribution in those early days was significant. We shall miss her and her feisty, relaxed personality."

Born and brought up in Nagaland, India, Lily had an Honours degree in Political Science. She worked in Kohima as a journalist before joining Air India in Calcutta, being employed there as a Public Relations Officer.

Lily moved to the UK in 1981 but continued to visit Nagaland several times a year in order to see friends and relatives. She was deeply committed to the aims of the Kohima Educational Trust and also very grateful on behalf of her people for the kindness of the Veterans and other supporters of the Trust.

Lily was a partner in a jewellery business along with two of her friends. All their profits go to charities, her share of the profits went to Nagaland. The funds are used to help widows and educate children from broken homes as well as those whose parents have been blighted by substance abuse.

She leaves a husband, Smo, and two children, Leiba and Theja Mo.

Our thoughts are with Lily's family and friends at this very sad time.

Charles Barclay

Prudential Ride 100 on a tandem

This is the second year I am riding the Prudential 100 to raise money for the Kohima Educational Trust, a charity that provides educational scholarships for the children of Naga tribespeople in Kohima. The Trust was set up by British ex-service personell in recognition of the support given by the Naga people to the British Army during the battle of Kohima in 1944, during which my father's older brother Charlie was killed while serving with the Royal Norfolks, so I feel I have a personal connection to the charity.

Read Charles Barclay's full account here

Please support Charles Barclay to raise money
for KET by donating through Virgin Money Giving

Virgin Money KET

Read Haren Thillainathan's full account here

Please support Haren Thillainathan to raise money
for KET by donating through Virgin Money Giving

Virgin Money KET

OCR A-level Topic: Kohima Essay Subject
OCR available to download here Please submit your essays to this address

RCEL Nagaland Report
The first visit to Nagaland by RCEL staff. HRH The Duke of York Grand President, visited in 2012.
OCRRead full report here

The 2018 Battle of Kohima Day Service
Thursday 5th July in the Dean's Garden at York Minster

Kohima Service

This year’s Kohima Day Service will take place on Thursday 5th July 2018 in the Deans Garden, York Minster. The service will be followed by lunch at Imphal Barracks.

The service is held in memory of those who took part in the Battle of Kohima and to celebrate the lives of those who survived the campaign. The ceremony is 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 about the 2016 service

Download 2018 Booking Form here

Phin Lyman Ran in the London Marathon on 23 April 2017

Phin Lyman

Phin Lyman was really pleased to be spending his 21st birthday running the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon in aid of KET on 23 April 2017.

Phin has visited Kohima himself and seen the amazing work they do there.

Any contribution, no matter how big or small, is greatly appreciated and will go towards this highly deserving cause. A total of over £1,600 has been raised so far.


The Virgin Money London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event on the planet – runners have raised over 770 million pounds for good causes since the race began in 1981. Visit Phin's Money Giving page


The 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 >

Now available to purchase from KET 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.

KET scholar
7th May 2016

Frank Holden

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
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Kohima 1954 by Gordon Graham

Kohima 1954
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

Kohima Signed Cover

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

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

Roll of Honour

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

Kohima Film
Click here for more details –
watch a short PREVIEW

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.

Recent testimonials:
"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."
Mary Langshaw

"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 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

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