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Recollections of 7th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment Chindits.

  Frederick (Fred) Robert Atton

7th Leicesters 47 Column 4864794


My Dad, Frederick (Fred) Robert ATTON was born at 11am on November 11, 1911
( 11/11/11) before that date became famous!

He was raised in Stamford Lincolnshire, left at 17 to move to Nottingham where he worked in the hosiery trade. There he met my mother Frances Emily Wells whom he married in 1937. In 1938 they moved to Leicester for better work and purchased a semi detatched house for 700 pounds. The other day an identical house sold for 150,000 pounds.

He was enlisted in the Leicestershire Regiment in 1940 and was placed in the 7th Battalion. He then followed the path described on the website and in James Wileman's booklet.

My mother has photographs he took of Capetown and Durban on the way out to India (1942) and the Suez Canal/ Port Said on the way back to Liverpool (1945).

On the July 1942 team photograph of A Company, my Dad is 11th from the right on the second row from the top.

My mother always said the conditions in Burma meant he was ' never the same "after the war. He had a series of surgeries on his intestine and had to eat a very careful diet.

He continued to work in Leicester in the hosiery trade as a shipping manager and then the same job at a manufacturer of heavy building machinery ( Frederick Parker Ltd) until he retired in 1977.

He loved gardening and intended to do lots of it in his retirement. However in 1978 he had a stroke and was immobilised. He spent the next five years at home being lovingly cared for by my mother who is still alive at the age of 93. He died in 1983. She lives in Canada close to my younger brother.

He was extremely proud of having been a Chindit and talked of his job as one of those who dropped supplies from Dakotas to the Chindits on the ground. A modest. quiet man, he would answer questions about his time in India/Burma but would never start the conversation.

Attached is is a photograph taken at Y Tank Camp at Bangalore. Date unknown but probably in 1944.


My Dad is fifth from the right on the top row.

Thanks very much for this wonderful website which has helped me track an important part of my Dad's life which was previously very sketchy.

David Atton


David Atton
“Fred`s” Son

© David Atton 2006