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40th Pathans Indian Army


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I am trying to find where Newdigate Owen Burne of the 40th Pathans, Indian Army was killed. According to CGWC he was killed on 27th October 1017 and is buried in Dar-Es-Salaam. I have tried find out what and where the 40th Pathans were at this time without much success.

Newdigate Burne is on the Memorial Board in my local church and I am writing a small "potted history" for each man for a booklet for the 100th anniversary.

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Brian

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I have found a War Diary ref on the Discovery database at the National Archives which will likely mention this incident :

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=C7363750

but not yet digital so I will try to get a look next week,time permitting,and pass on anything I find.

Later: Have you seen this ?

http://www.theygavetheirtoday.com/albury.html

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Any information would be extremely useful - thank you.

The second reference to Albany - is that New Zealand? I know he is commemorated there as well.

My Church is in Grove Park SE London and his father Brig Gen Ranald Burne lived in the parish during a part of the war. I think he was something to do with a ASC MT Training depot in Grove Park.. He was to have unveiled the memorial in 1923 but died just before that date.

Brian

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Any information would be extremely useful - thank you.

The second reference to Albany - is that New Zealand? I know he is commemorated there as well.

If you are referring to the second link given by solonmate this is to a place called Albury, not Albany. On the same website, the Albury in question is in Surrey http://www.theygavetheirtoday.com/memorials.html

The 40th Pathans served in Hong Kong, France, German East Africa, India during WW1 according to http://www.defencejournal.com/aug99/14th-punjab.htm

The FIBIS Fibiwiki has a page East Africa (First World War)

http://wiki.fibis.org/index.php/East_Africa_(First_World_War)

Perhaps bushfighter will see this topic. Otherwise you could PM him.

Cheers

Maureen

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Brian

I have a few pages from the 40 Pathans' War Diary for Aug to Oct 1917. There is no Diary for the period Feb to Jul 1917,which is a pity as the Lt was wounded on 19 July and sent to Kilwa Hospital,where he died of wounds later.

I can send you the pages on receipt of your e-mail address by PM here.

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Brian

Greetings

Newdigate Owen Burne was dangerously wounded at the battle of Narungombe on 19th July 1917 when a detachment of 40th Pathans was trapped in a depression due to flanking South African troops withdrawing without notice.

Three German Field Companies shot into the depression, killing two other officers and wounding one other.

Details of the action can be found here:

http://www.naval-military-press.com/40th_pathans-in-the-great-war.html

If you would like a photograph of the grave then please send me a Personal Message containing your email address.

Harry

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  • 8 months later...

"The 40th Pathans in the Great War" is a facsimile reproduction of the regiment's war diaries and has been published by the Naval and Military Press in cooperation with the Imperial War Museum. A new novel by Kamila Shamsie entitled "A god in every stone" also has a fair amount about the regiment and its European experience.

I have two generations of family connections with the 40th Pathans and the Punjab Regiment.

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