Indian Army Officers
1939-1945

 

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J      
Jack,
Gordon Cumming
G.C. Jack

Son (with three brothers) of Gavin Lambie Jack (1858-1924), and Jessie Hamilton Hall (1864-1948).
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
10.07.1905
Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland
-
07.02.1986
Victoria Terrace, Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland (formerly of High Range, South India)
2nd Lt. 26.09.1941
A/Capt. 25.07.1942
WS/Capt. 12.02.1943 (reld > 12.1946, < 04.1947)
A/Maj. 12.11.1942-11.02.1943
T/Maj. 12.02.1943-(12.1946)
Worked for Finlay, Muir & Co on tea plantations in Travencore from 1920s onwards.
26.09.1941     commissioned, Royal Indian Army Service Corps - Indian Army [emergency commission]
Jaffery,
Syed Amir-ud-Din
S.A. Jaffery (Photo courtesy of Mr Khalid Jaffery)
His father was in the Police, Khan Bahadur Syed Hamid ud din, Kotwal of Delhi 1922-1926.
Married Anjumanara ...; two sons, four daughters.
30.10.1917
-
1967
2nd Lt. 15.05.1941
WS/Lt. 04.05.1942
A/Capt. ...-03.05.1942
T/Capt. 04.05.1942-11.08.1942
WS/Capt. 26.11.1944
A/Maj. ...-25.11.1944
T/Maj. 26.11.1944-(08.1947)
      Officer Training School, Mao
15.05.1941     commissioned, Indian Army [Indian emergency commission]
      served Royal Indian Army Service Corps
1942 - 1944 served with an Army Transport Company (Burma)
His son writes: "Was sent to UK in an AT Coy which was supposed to take part in the Normandy landings. The Coy was stationed in Barryport, Wales to the best of my knowledge. Finally, however, they did not take part in the landings. At the time of Partition he was a Major and opted for the Pakistan Army and retired as a Colonel."
Jai Singh
Jai Singh (Photo courtesy of Mr Charles Hawkshaw-Burn)
01.08.1910
-
2nd Lt.
29.01.1931
16.03.1932, seniority 28.08.1930
Capt.
28.08.1938
WS/Maj.
03.11.1943
A/Lt.Col.
03.08.1943-02.11.1943
T/Lt.Col.
03.11.1943-(01.1946)
29.01.1931
 
 
commissioned, Unattached List (for Indian Army)
16.03.1932
 
 
commissioned, Indian Army
...
-
...
...
(1947)
 
 
HQ Southern Command, India (Poona)
James,
Denis Clode
D.C. James
Son of Percival David James (1880-1952), and Hilda Madeline Clode (1885-).
Married (03.09.1945, Kandy, Ceylon) Junior Commandant Alison Ann Christison, WAC (1924-), daughter of General Sir Alexander Frank Philip Christison (1893-1993), and Lizzie Isobel "Betty" Mitchell (1894-1974); two sons, three daughters.
15.12.1916
Cardiff district, Glamorgan / Monmouthshire
-

Perth, Western Australia
Sgt. ?
2nd Lt. 30.05.1943
WS/Lt. 03.10.1943 (reld < 04.1947)
A/Capt. 12.07.1944-(08.1947)
30.05.1943     commissioned, Indian Army [emergency commission]
      served Royal Indian Army Service Corps (Air Supply Division)
Jameson *,
Sydney Vernon
S.V. Jameson
* Born as William George Arthur Fairclough.
Married 1st (08.05.1940, Jubbulpore, India) Olivia Bapty (dr., widow), daughter of Felix Laborder Bapty.

Married 2nd (Cairo) ...; ... children (one son?).
05.09.1902
Plumstead, London
-
(09?).1970
Southend on Sea district, Essex
2nd Lt. 21.03.1940
Lt. 21.03.1940, seniority 21.03.1935 (reld < 04.1947)
21.03.1940     commissioned, Indian Army [emergency commission]
      served Indian Army Ordnance Corps
      96 Mobile Workshops IAOC (Kohat)
(04.1944) - (04.1946) Unemployed List
AMIAE.
Jane,
John Hugh Buchanan
J.H.B. Jane
Son of George Henry Jane, and Winifred Buchanan.
03.09.1921
Totnes district, Devon
-
06.11.1950
Oxford
2nd Lt. 28.03.1942
WS/Lt. 01.10.1942
A/Capt. ...-31.03.1944
T/Capt. 01.04.1944-(08.1947)
c. 1941
 
 
went to India
28.03.1942


commissioned, Indian Army [emergency commission]



served Rajputana Rifles
Jarman,
John Dennis
J.D. Jarman

Son of William A. Jarman, and of Olivia Mary Cooke, of Parkstone, Dorsetshire.
26.10.1916
Ecclesall Bierlow district, Derbyshire / West Riding of Yorkshire
-
12.02.1942
[age 25]
[Singapore Memorial, column 263]
2nd Lt. 27.08.1936 [694 IA]
Lt. 27.11.1938 *

* Promoted Capt. 27.08.1944, which notification was cancelled 19.04.1946

Education: Royal Military College, Sandhurst.
27.08.1936     commissioned, Unattached List (for Indian Army)
01.11.1937     commissioned, Indian Army [emergency commission]
? - 12.02.1942 16th Punjab Regiment
Jeffares,
Richard Lett
R.L. Jeffares
24.07.1909
Shardlow district, Derbyshire / Leicestershire / Nottinghamshire 
-
2nd Lt. 25.06.1940
WS/Lt. 01.05.1941
A/Capt. ...-30.04.1941
T/Capt. 01.05.1941-21.02.1942,
10.06.1942-24.04.1943
WS/Capt. 25.04.1943
A/Maj. 25.01.1943-24.04.1943
T/Maj. 25.04.1943-(08.1947)



a tea planter at the start of the war, he started off as a private in the Assam Valley Light Horse regiment then ended up in the Maharattas as a Major at war's end:
25.06.1940


commissioned, Indian Army [emergency commission]
Jemmett,
Frederick Anthony
F.A. Jemmett
Married ((06?).1960, St Asaph district, Denbighshire) Joan Lord; two daughters.

15.04.1919
-
26.07.2013
L/Sgt. ?
2nd Lt. 29.10.1942 [ECO 9993]
WS/Lt. 29.04.1943
01.10.1945, seniority 29.04.1943 [356804]
A/Maj. ? ?
Mentioned in Despatches MID 19.07.1945 Burma
Mentioned in Despatches MID 20.09.1945 Burma: for his courage in tackling machine gun fire from the enemy in order to allow his men to escape from their tank when it came under attack [citation available upon request]
Mentioned in Despatches MID 19.09.1946 Burma
29.10.1942     commissioned, Indian Army [emergency commission]
      seeing action in France, North Africa and Burma, where he rose to the rank of Major, commanding Indian troops (7th Light Cavalry, Indian Armoured Corps)
01.10.1945     transferred, Royal Armoured Corps
Teacher & deputy headmaster, St John’s Cathedral School, Salford, 1946-1960. Headmaster, Ysgol Mair, Rhyl, 1960-1984. Later represented the town as a county, borough and town councillor.
Jenkins,
Iorwerth George
I.G. Jenkins (Photo courtesy of Mr Charles Hawkshaw-Burn)
25.08.1918
-
(06?).1968
Llanelly district, Carmarthenshire, Wales
2nd Lt. 22.10.1940 [389]
A/Capt. ...-14.03.1942
T/Capt. 15.03.1942-...
T/Maj. (1944)
Military Cross MC
08.02.1945
Burma
22.10.1940

commissioned, Indian Army (Special List [from 25.01.1942?])
(1944)


4/14th Punjab Regiment
(1947)
 
 
HQ Southern Command, India (Poona)
Jesudian,
Manuel Selvaraj
M.S. Jesudian (Photo courtesy of Mr Charles Hawkshaw-Burn)
06.08.1912
-
2nd Lt. 01.03.1942
WS/Lt. 01.10.1942
... ...
Maj. (1947)
01.03.1942     commissioned, Movement Control - Indian Army [emergency commission]
(1947)     HQ Southern Command, India (Poona)
John,
Frank Arthur
F.A. John
?
-
Cpl. ?
2nd Lt. 06.02.1944 [EC 12381]
WS/Lt. 06.02.1944
01.09.1945, seniority 06.02.1944 [353862] (reld > 04.1946, < 04.1947)
A?/Capt. ?
06.02.1944     commissioned, Royal Indian Army Service Corps - Indian Army [emergency commission]
01.09.1945     transferred, Royal Army Service Corps

John,
Robert Michael
R.C.W. Johns
Son of Ernest Alfred Hansford John, and Elizabeth Mary McNulty.
Married Anne Phebe Clifford Smith (born 1931).

07.05.1924
Willesden district, London / Middlesex
-
1980
Glasgow, Scotland
Pte.
?
2nd Lt.
18.04.1943
WS/Lt.
18.10.1943 (reld > 04.1946, < 04.1947)
1942?
-
17.04.1943
served in the ranks, Indian Army (Jat Regiment)
18.04.1943


commissioned, Indian Army [emergency commission]



served in Burma, and ended the war in charge of a Japanese POW camp in Thailand, having taught himself Japanese

Johns,
Reginald Charles Warmington
R.C.W. Johns

06.09.1898
Hampstead district, Greater London / London / Middlesex
-

2nd Lt.
12.09.1917 [AI 62]]
Lt.
12.09.1918
Capt.
12.09.1922
Maj.
02.09.1935
Lt.Col.
14.09.1944 (retd 02.10.1946)
12.09.1917


commissioned, Indian Army
01.09.1938
 
 
transferred, Special Unemployed List
1939
-
1946
not shown in the Army List
Johnston,
Nathaniel
N. Johnston
?
-
?
2nd Lt. 08.01.1942
... ...
T/Capt. 02.01.1943-(04.1947)
08.01.1942     commissioned, Indian Army [emergency commission]
20.10.1944 - (04.1947) Assistant Director of Labour, India

Jones,
Albert Edward Edwin
A.E.E. Jones
Son of ... Jones, and ... Ebery.
Married; one son.

27.02.1915
Mile End, Greater London
-
(09?).1971
Maidstone district
A/Sgt.
?
2nd Lt.
16.07.1942
WS/Lt.
16.01.1943
T/Capt.
?
A/Maj.
?



served in the ranks, Indian Army
16.07.1942


commissioned, Indian Army [emergency commission]



served Royal Indian Army Service Corps
Jones,
Cyril Howard
C.H. Jones
?
-
L/Cpl.
?
2nd Lt.
15.11.1942 [EC 8145]
WS/Lt.
15.11.1943
T/Capt.
15.11.1943-(04.1946)
WS/Capt.
? (reld 20.04.1947)
T/Maj.
?
Hon. Maj.
?
15.11.1942


commissioned, Indian Army [emergency commission]



2/10 Gurkha Rifles
(05.1944)
 
 
Wireless Telegraphy School, Middle East Training Centre
Jones,
Francis Vincent
F.V. Jones
04.1918
Zanzibar
-
21.09.1942
(KIA) [age 24]
[Maynamati War Cemetery, Bangladesh, 4.C.10]
2nd Lt. 31.01.1942
31.01.1942     commissioned, Indian Army [emergency commission]
? - 21.09.1942 5th Battalion 3rd Madras Regiment
Jones,
John Bamford
J.B. Jones
Married (mid 1920s; separated 1930s) Dorothy Mavis Boyd (21.04.1908 - 09.1994); two sons. She remarried Leslie Revell.
(09?).1891
Oldham district, Greater Manchester / Lancashire
-
2nd Lt. 24.11.1943
WS/Lt. 24.05.1944 (reld > 04.1947)
24.11.1943     commissioned, Indian Army [emergency commission]
Jones,
John Keane
J.K. Jones
Married (16.01.1945, London) Geraldine Jane Rosemary Knight-Bruce, daughter of Sir Gerald Trevor Knight-Bruce (1871-1953), and Lilian Isabel Booker (?-1951); two daughters, one son.
18.01.1892
-
18.08.1967
T/2nd Lt. 28.11.1914-11.10.1915
T/Lt. 12.10.1915-10.01.1916
T/Capt. 11.01.1916-19.08.1917
Lt. 28.08.1916 [11054]
A/Capt. ...-01.09.1918
Capt. 28.08.1919
Maj. 28.08.1933
Lt.Col. 24.12.1938 (retd 01.02.1945)
A/Brig. 22.11.1941-15.12.1942
T/Brig. 16.12.1942-01.02.1945
Distinguished Service Order DSO 23.04.1942 Burma
1914 - 27.11.1914 served in the ranks, mobilized Territorial Force, for 95 days
28.08.1916     commissioned, British Army (11th Royal Warwickshire Regiment)
      attached, 3rd/6th Gurkhas
20.08.1917     commissioned, Indian Army
1938     Commanding Officer, 1st King George V's Own Gurkha Rifles
1941 - 1942 Commander, 16th Indian Infantry Brigade (Burma) (DSO)
1943 - 1944 Commandant, Indian Military Academy
Published: Historical record of the 6th Gurkha Rifles. Vol.1, 1817-1919 (1925; compiled by D.G.J. Ryan, G.C. Strahan, J.K. Jones)
Jones,
Leslie Henry Ernest
"Jonah"
H.J.G. Jordan
Son of Robert F. Jones, and Sarah Miln.
Married 1st ((09?).1939, Lewisham district, London) Maude E. Silversmith; one son.
Married 2nd ((09?).1947, Surrey Mid Eastern district) Sheila I. Burt; one daughter.
06.06.1916
Islington district, London
-
Sgt. ? [108103]
2nd Lt. 12.11.1942 [EC 8041]
WS/Lt. 12.05.1943 (reld > 12.1946, < 04.1947)
T/Capt. 1945?
T/Maj. 1946?
Mentioned in Despatches MID 27.09.1945 Burma
Mentioned in Despatches MID 19.09.1946 Burma
      served in the ranks, Royal Army Service Corps
1939 - 1940 served British Expeditionary Force (Dunkirk evacuation)
      served with British Embassy in Chungking, China
1942     Officer Cadet Training Unit, Bangalore, India
12.11.1942     commissioned, Indian Army [emergency commission]
      Royal Indian Army Service Corps Officers Training School, Kakul, near Abbottabad, North Western Frontier Province, India
1942 - 1944 served in India
1944 - 1945 served in Arakan, Burma
Jones,
Louis [Brian]
L. Jones
Son (with four brothers and four sisters) of William J. Jones (1855-1927), and Nannie Geraghty (1855-1947), of Co. Roscommon.
Married (28.03.1921, Christ Church, Mhow, India) Adeline Florence Violette Watkins (1897 - (03?).1969), only daughter of Maj. & Mrs A.C. Watkins, 60th Rifles, of Mhow, Central India.
17.10.1897
Athlone, Ireland
-
07.05.1955
Ashford Hospital, Ashford, Kent (formerly of Tenterden, Kent)
2nd Lt. 16.08.1916 [IA 890]
Lt. 16.08.1917
Capt. 16.08.1920
Maj. 16.08.1934
A/Lt.Col. 19.08.1940-18.11.1940
T/Lt.Col. 19.11.1940-15.08.1942
Lt.Col. 16.08.1942 (retd 02.06.1947)
A/Col. 12.04.1943-02.06.1947
A/Brig. 12.04.1943-02.06.1947
Hon. Brig. 02.06.1947 [380827]
2nd Lt. 14.02.1952 [416195]
Capt. 14.02.1952
Distinguished Service Order DSO 25.04.1941 Middle East (Egypt & Libya) [Sidi Barrani] * [citation available upon request]
Mentioned in Despatches MID ? ?
Croix de Guerre (France) CdeG ? ?
Education: Royal Military College, Sandhurst; Staff College (psc).
16.08.1916     commissioned, Unattached List (for Indian Army)
10.11.1916     commissioned, Indian Army - 1st 123rd Outram Rifles (served Mesopotamia 1916, Siberia 1919, NW Frontier of India 1921-1923)
07.11.1935 - 30.09.1937 Staff Captain, 8th Indian Brigade (India)
01.10.1937 - 08.07.1939 Deputy Assistant Adjutant General (DAAG), HQ Peshawar District (India)
(1941)     Commanding Officer, 4th Battalion 6th Rajputana Rifles (Western Desert, Eritrea and Syria and was captured by the Vichy French in Syria)
      General Staff Officer, 1st grade (GSO1), HQ 10th Army
      instructor, Senior Officers' School, India
      General Staff Officer, 1st grade (GSO1), General HQ, India
? - 1946 Commandant, Officers' Training School, Bangalore
1946 - 1947 Commander, Poona Sub-Area
14.02.1952     commissioned, General List - Territorial Army (Adjutant and Quartermaster of the 2nd Kent Charing Battalion Home Guard)
* Recommendation for the award of the Distinguished Service Order to Lt.Col. L. Jones: For showing gallantry and powers of leadership of a high order while in command of his battalion, during the operations which led to the capture of cam TUMUR EAST on 9/10th December, 1940.  During the advance of his battalion to its objective it encountered an enemy counter-attack, supported by armoured vehicles, directed on camp TUMUR WEST. The skilful dispositions of the battalion, and its efficient handling under the inspiring leadership of this officer, resulted in the breakdown of the enemy counter-attack and the capture of some thousand prisoners. Throughout the operations this officer displayed courage and skill of a high order.
[Recommended 16.12.1940 by Brig. W.I. Lloyd, commanding 5th Indian Infantry Brigade, approved by Lt.Gen. H.M. Wilson, commanding British Troops in Egypt, and Gen. A.P. Wavell, Commander-in-Chief Middle East]
Jones,
Roderick Idrisyn
R.I. Jones
04.10.1895
-
10.07.1970
Lt. 25,08.1918
... ...
T/Brig. 14.08.1943-(01.1946)
Maj.Gen. 1946 (retd 1948)
Companion of the Order of the Bath CB 1947 ?
Companion of the Order of the British Empire CBE 1946 ?
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE 1943 ?
25.08.1918     commissioned, Indian Army
1943 - 1945 Deputy Director of Supplies and Transport, GHQ India
1945 - 1945 Deputy Adjutant and Quartermaster-General, 33rd Indian Corps in Burma until defeat of Japanese Forces
1945 - 1946 Deputy Adjutant and Quartermaster-General, 12th Army and Burma Command (CBE)
1946 - 1947 Director of Supplies  and Transport, India, and Head of RIASC (with rank of Maj.Gen.)
Jones,
Sydney Walter
S.W. Jones (Photo courtesy of Mr David S.C. Wilson)
?
-
S/Sgt. ?
2nd Lt. 22.08.1943
WS/Lt. 22.02.1944
? - 22.08.1943 'A' Company, 4 Wing, Officers' Training School, Mhow
22.08.1943     commissioned, Indian Army [emergency commission]
Jones,
T E
T.E. Jones
?
-
Lt. (QM)
15.12.1943
WS/Capt. (QM)
15.12.1946

War Medal; India Service Medal; L.S.G.C. (G.VI.R. 1st type) (W.O.2., Worcs. Regt.); Indian Independence 1947 (Capt., S.L.Q.M. I.A.)




served Worcestershire Regiment
15.12.1943


commissioned, "Special List" of Quarter-Masters of the Indian Army [emergency commission]
Jones,
William Trevor
W.T. Jones (Photo courtesy of Mr Anthony Madsen)
Married (1950, Madras, India) Marjorie E. Burgess (predeceased him).
Had a relationship with aviator Sheila Scott, OBE (27.04.1922 - 20.10.1988).
Lived in Hertfordshire, retired to Malta.
29.11.1911
Cardiff, Wales
-
late 1994
Malta
2nd Lt. 22.12.1940
WS/Lt. 27.08.1941 (reld > 12.1946, < 04.1947)
Education: Howard Gardens Grammar School, Cardiff.
Worked for Cooperative Wholesale Society, Cardiff.
22.12.1940     commissioned, Indian Army [emergency commission]
      served 8th Punjab Regiment
1943     served Special Operations Executive (SOE)
Post-war overseas marketing director for Ovaltine. Area of business was Asia/Far East.
Jordan,
Henry James Godfrey
H.J.G. Jordan
Married; at least one son.
?
-
Lt.
25.08.1941, seniority 25.08.1936
WS/Capt.
11.08.1941 (reld > 04.1946)
25.08.1941


commissioned, Indian Army [emergency commission]
1941
- 1946 served Indian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (stationeed at Poona & Bombay)
Joseph,
Charles Henry
C.H. Joseph (Photo courtesy of Alex Joseph)
06.02.1916
-
25.01.2007
2nd Lt.
? [IEC 1422]
WS/Lt.
?
T/Capt.
?
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE
28.06.1945
Burma
Mentioned in Despatches MID
10.01.1946
Burma *
* possibly another MID at 05.04.1945 [name, rank & corps correspond, but personal number is given as IEC 5161]
?


commissioned, Indian Army [emergency commission]



served Royal Indian Army Service Corps

 

Jumps,
William
W. Jumps
Married; three daughters, one son.
?
-
S/Sgt.
?
2nd Lt.
18.08.1942 [EC 5765]
WS/Lt.
18.08.1942
T/Capt.
03.07.1943-(04.1947)
T/Maj.
?
Hon. Maj.
?
Long Service Good Conduct Medal LSGCM
03.12.1948
[date of qualification 19.01.43]
18.08.1942


commissioned, Indian Army [emergency commission]
       

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