Chindit Badge
Pre War




H G Lambert      a soldier with the Chindits
Yorkshire Moors June 1939

The Good Samaritan
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On Sunday September 3rd 1939,Harold Lambert , who was living in Melton Mowbray at the time, was cycling (his abiding interest) with friends near Alton Towers in Staffordshire. A railway signalman, opening Crossing gates told them that war had been declared and "to enjoy it while they could!", and for the next 8 months or so, Harold and his friends did enjoy that period, cycling the length and breadth of the country during there free time, stopping in Youth Hostels, and thinking nothing of 100 mile plus day trips on their cycles. A side effect of these excursions, was the development of levels of fitness and stamina, that Harold said would keep him alive during the war.

Harold`s Soldier's Service Book shows that he enlisted, no doubt with the help of call up papers,"for the duration of the war" on 17th July 1940 at Nottingham.

At his medical 2 days later, Harold was passed A1, although some time before he took part in "Operation Thursday" (the Chindit invasion of Burma, he along with all the other Chindits would have been reclassified as A1+.

The 7th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment had been formed at Nottingham on 4th July 1940, one of 60 new Infantry Battalions raised after the collapse of France. It recruited primarily form the industries of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, and its intake of around 1300 men was in the age range of 27 to 28.


Army Pay Book


Harold Lambert's Service Book

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