Inverness Screening of Kohima Documentary Film
Friday 2nd May 2014 marked the start of Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders’ (QOCH) reunion weekend in Inverness, which included a dinner and the laying up of colours at the Old High Church.
It was also their ‘Kohima Weekend’ as the Regiment fought at the battle and this date marked the 70th Anniversary of the battle.
The documentary film, Kohima: An Exploration of War, Memory and Gratitude, was shown at The Eden Court Theatre on the Saturday night. The audience, mainly of members of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlander Branch of the Regimental Association. But the audience also included other local friends and supporters of KET, together with Army and Naval cadets – some 130 altogether – for a virtual full house.
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Major Gordon Graham and Major General Murray Naylor
Hugh Young introduced the film, after which Major General Murray Naylor spoke briefly about the origins and work of the Trust. He was then followed by Major Gordon Graham, KET President, who kept the audience enthralled for some considerable time!
At the end of his talk Major Gordon Graham was joined by Lieutenant Colonel David Murray (right), and they jointly presented the portfolio album of photographs of Cameron graves located in Kohima. It was received by Lieutenant Colonel Angus Fairrie (the QOCH Branch Convenor), and by Major Hamish Sutherland, the Chairman.
This portfolio, or Roll of Honour, is a beautiful and painstaking work by David S Percy, the documentary maker. A copy of the Roll of Honour: Kohima 1944 will be kept in the Old High Church, Inverness and a further copy is now in the Highlanders Museum at Fort George where it can be viewed.
After the screening, guests were able to purchase DVDs of the film, as well as Naga crafts and books about Kohima, with Fergal Keane’s Road of Bones proving popular.
Several new scholarships for Naga school children have been pledged as a result of the evening.
All together, it was a highly successful evening – the following quotes were typical of individual responses:
‘The film has been very well received by all those who attended, and it is good to know that the name Kohima now means something to people in the north. A big thank you to KET for recruiting such an interested audience, and for all the arrangements.’
‘An interesting and very moving film.’
‘The film is a fantastic success, and we are full of admiration to those who had this vision and had the courage to organise and fund it. Having already heard much about the KET from Donald Maclaughlan at our Camerons Officers' Dinner Club, we are very grateful to KET for bringing the film to the Highlands.’
Special thanks go to Seoras MacIntosh who took the photographs that accompany this article.
KET, May 2014
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