I will remember him

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Lance Serjeant Robert Bell Hannay was killed in action on 14th April 1944 during the Battle of Kohima in India. He was a soldier of the 1st Battalion the Queens own Cameron Highlanders. He left behind his widow Ellen Hannay. Ellen was probably the first war widow to visit the cemetery at Kohima in 1945 and she visited it a further 7 times before she died in 2009. Her nephew, Jim Gibson, sought and was given permission and authority to inter her ashes in the grave of her husband whom she had never forgotten. This was done with due ceremony at the Commonwealth War Grave site in Kohima in October 2009. This photo is a very moving image and is representitive of the sadness and sacrifice of war suffered by those who mourn the loss of a loved one in foreign fields. Robert Bell Hannay's regiment was part of the 2nd British Division which relieved the besieged Garrison at Kohima and defeated the Japanese and therefore halted the Japanese invasion of India. The Kohima Museum commemorates the deeds and actions of the 2nd Division at this vital stage of the war against tyranny and more specifically remembers the men who fell in defence of freedom so far from their homes and families.

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