Burma Auxiliary Force
Rangoon Battalion, Burma Auxiliary Force - January 1941
Officers of the Rangoon Battalion, BAF and their guests at a formal reception, January 1941. Amongst the guests are H.E. Sir Archibald Cochrane, Governor of Burma, and Major General D.K. McLeod, GOC Burma.
G.G. Robertson, 2ndLt. A.A. Conway, 2ndLt. K.N.H. Martin, 2ndLt.
K.S. Laurie, 2ndLt. G.F. Kinnear, 2ndLt. J. Pritchard,
Captain E.D. Wardleworth (K.O.Y.L.I.); ADC to G.O.C. of Burma), 2ndLt.
R.B. Groves, 2ndLt. P.G. Waters, 2ndLt. J.H. Gemmell, 2ndLt.
R.C. Scott, 2ndLt. J.F. Villiers, 2ndLt. D. Lewton-Brain,
2ndLt. R.St.C Stracy, 2ndLt. C.J.C. Lumsden, Captain N.
B. Mahony, Major O.H. Mootham, Major A.D. Macnamara, I.A. (Military Secretary),
Major F.W. Sharpe (The Gloucestershire Regiment; Adjutant), Brigadier R.B.
Leslie M.C., H.E. Sir Archibald Cochrane, GCMG, KCSI, DSO (Governor of Burma),
Lt.Colonel W.M. Hodge (Commanding), Major-General D.K. McLeod CB, DSO (G.O.C.
Burma), Major H.D. McCall, Major M.V. Wright (10th Baluch Regiment), Captain P.M. Beecheno,
Captain E. Polglase, Lieutenant C.R. Cowie
Note: Names confirmed on original photograph, corrected as they appear on the photograph and updated 28th November 2014
Using these sources it has been possible to identify the civilian positions held by some of the men and when they and others were commissioned into the Army in Burma Reserve of Officers (ABRO):
3rd Light Anti-Aircraft Battery, R.A., Burma Auxiliary Force - Mhow, India - May 1942
Surviving officers and men of the 3rd LAA Battery, Burma Auxiliary Force on being reunited at Mhow, India shortly before being disbanded, May 1942.
Sitting on Ground: Gunner Hla Tin, L/Bdr E. Myaing, Bdr J. Bacon, Bdr L. Reich, L/Sgt D. DeGlanville, L/Sgt G. Claessen, Bdr A. Sharp, Bdr F. Antony, Gunner Tnn Shein, Gunner Saw Albert
Compare the above names with those of No. 4 Platoon, Burma Intelligence Corps at http://www.angloburmeselibrary.com/the-war-against-japan.html. Many of the men of 3rd LAA Battery, BAF went on to serve with the Burma Intelligence Corps.
1st Coast Battery, R.A., Burma Auxiliary Force - February 1945
By 1945 the value of The Burma Intelligence Corps in providing liaison personnel, interpreters and guides to front line divisions was well established. Men with the necessary language skills and aptitude were hard to find and units of the former Burma Army were assessed for suitable candidates for transfer to the BIC. In February 1945 the following men of the 1st Coast Battery, BAF (formerly of the Rangoon Field Brigade, BAF), based at Diamond Harbour, Calcutta, were identified for transfer and authorisation sought to complete the move (the transfer was authorised in March 1945):
B. Cameron (2169)
N. Daniels (2905)
N. D'Souza (3098)
W. Fairhurst (3299)
L. Goldenburg (3219)
L. James (3528)
A.M. Joseph (3411)
L. Sutherland (3076)
J. Phillip (2892)
A. Richards (2959)
B. Joyce (1174)
G. Henderson (3051)
A. Barnabas (3322)
R. Ellis (2198)
[Source: WO 203/48 Burma Intelligence Corps]
24 May 2016