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Flash Back June 1997

Remembering the Battle of Kohima

Lieutenant General Sir Michael Rose, DCB, DSO, QGM, ADC Gen; Adjutant General of the United Kingdom arrived at Kohima on May 1 to visit the site where soldiers of the 2nd Division of the British Army had fought and died during the battle of Kohima in 1944.

The General who commanded the 2nd Division in 1990 and belongs to the Cold Stream Guards visited the historic War Cemetery at the state capital Kohima and laid wreaths on the monument commemorating the battle of Kohima. The latter one bears the plaque which reads – ‘When you go home, tell them of us; that for their tomorrow, we gave our today’. The words ‘2nd Division’ (of the British Army) were also etched into the rock of the pedestal of the same monument. The General also made it a point that the Indian Army Generals also should lay wreaths for their Indian soldiers who also gave their lives in the battle of Kohima.
Earlier, a civic reception was also accorded by the state administration in the traditional Naga way by presentation of Naga sashes and shawls. Among the civil officers present were Mr. V. Sekhose, Deputy Commissioner, Kohima and the Superintendent of Police, Kohima.

The visiting entourage included Brigadier R A Draper, Mrs. Draper and Captain Rupert Lockwood, ADC. Colonel KKK Singh from Army headquarters also accompanied the entourage.