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Form of Memorial Service
8 (Belfast) H.A.A. Regt. R.A.
Form of Memorial Service, 31 March 1945

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8th Belfast Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regt. R.A. (S.R.)

MEMORIAL SERVICE

Saturday, 31st March, 1945 at St. Mark's, Akyab, Burma

In Memory of those men of the Regiment who died in the Arakan Campaigns 1942 -1945

L/Bdr. William Aiken
Bdr. Jack Allden
Bdr. David W. Anderson
Gnr. Gordon C. Ashbrook
Gnr. Edward Bassett
L/Sgt. James Bingham
Gnr. Thomas Bryce
Gnr. Ernest Buller
Sgt. Alex. Clarke
Gnr. Ernest M. Coppinger
L/Sgt. Reginald Drew
Gnr. Dennis H. Ebery
Gnr. David Foster
Gnr. Thomas Fuller
Gnr. John Galway
Sgt. Leonard C. A. Gregory
Gnr. Joseph Grinsell
Gnr. Raymond G. Haughty
Gnr. James Hughes
Bdr. John C. Kerr
Gnr. Albert Kinnon
Gnr. Thomas T. Knox
Gnr. William McKay
Gnr. D. Arthur Rhead
Gnr. T. Kenneth Roberts
Gnr. Emlyn Rowlands
Pte. Robert Rowley
Gnr. Harold Sharpe
Bdr. Norman Sherratt
Gnr. James Shields
Gnr. William T. Talbot
Gnr. Robert J. Totten
Sgt. James D. Vance
Gnr. Frederick W. Ward

Now the labourer's task is o'er
Now the battle day is past
Now upon the farther shore
Lands the voyager at last
Father in thy gracious keeping
Leave we now thy servant sleeping

ORDER OF SERVICE

Vol: Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring.           Bach.

Hymn:  Army Prayer Book No. 79  -  "Now the Labourers Task is Over".
(Army Prayer Book India No. 97).

Now the labourer's task is o'er;
Now the battle day is past;
Now upon the farther shore
Lands the voyager at last.
Father, in thy gracious keeping
Leave we now Thy servant sleeping

There the tears of earth are dried;
There its hideous things are clear:
There the work of life is tried
By a juster Judge than here.
Father, in thy gracious keeping
Leave we now Thy servant sleeping

There the sinful souls, that turn
To the Cross their dying eyes,
All the love of Christ shall learn
At His Feet in Paradise.
Father, in thy gracious keeping
Leave we now Thy servant sleeping

There no more the powers of hell
Can prevail to mar their peace;
Christ the Lord shall guard them well
He Who died for their release.
Father, in thy gracious keeping
Leave we now Thy servant sleeping

"Earth to earth, and dust to dust,"
Calmly now the words we say,
Leaving him to sleep in trust
Till the Resurrection-day.
Father, in thy gracious keeping
Leave we now Thy servant sleeping

THE TWO WORLDS

In the valley down below,
Where the fairest flowers blow,
And the brooks run babbling nonsense to the sea,
Underneath the shady trees,
We two sauntered at our ease,
Just a pleasant little world for you and me.

Then the summons of the Lord,
Like a sudden silver sword,
Came and cut our little pleasant world in two,
One fierce world of strife and hate,
One sad world where women wait,
And we wander far apart dear, I and you.

And it may be with this breath,
There will come the call of death,
And will put another world 'twixt you and me,
You will stand with God above,
I will stand 'twixt pride and love,
Looking out through mists of sorrow o'er the sea.

Yet the world in God is one,
And when all our strife is done,
There will dawn the perfect world for you and me,
When we two together stand,
Looking upwards hand in hand,
When the fires of love have burned up every sea.

G. A. Studdert Kennedy

Hymn:  Army Prayer Book No. 45  -  "Holy Father in Thy Mercy".
(Army Prayer Book India No. 56).

Holy Father, in Thy mercy, Hear our anxious prayer,
Keep our loved ones, now far distant, 'Neath Thy care.

Jesus, Saviour, let Thy presence, Be their light and guide;
Keep, oh, keep them, in their weakness, At Thy Side.

When in sorrow, when in danger, When in loneliness,
In Thy love look down and comfort, Their distress.

May the joy of Thy salvation, Be their strength and stay;
May they love and may they praise Thee, Day by Day.

Holy Spirit, let Thy teaching, Sanctify their life;
Send Thy grace, that they may conquer, In the strife.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, God the One in Three,
Bless them, guide them, save them, keep them,
Near to Thee.

Address by the Rev. J. Good, O.B.E., D.A.C.G., 15 Indian Corps

"They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old, age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.  At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them."

     Officers and men of the 8th (Belfast( Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, we are gathered here to-day in this war battered Church of St. Mark in Akyab, to pay tribute to our comrades whose tour of duty in this world has been completed. They have in God's mercy been called to higher service.

     I cannot think of a more fitting day in the whole year to do this than to-day - the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  Good Friday recalls self sacrifice and absolute devotion to duty of the highest order.  Easter Day recalls the joy and the glory resulting from the Great Victory won through that sacrifice and devotion to the world's greatest cause.  On the first Good Friday Jesus paid the price of our sins that the Father might be reconciled to His children who had gone astray.  He died for the people - His brothers and sisters.  He was called upon to pay the Supreme Sacrifice for those He loved and He answered willingly knowing the cost.

     Your comrades died too in the great cause for which we are all fighting.  They answered the call of King and Country willingly and were asked to pay with their lives in a foreign and far distant land.  Why? Why are we out here when we all long to be back in our homes, in our own country, sharing those homes in joy with our loved ones? Many answers might be given.

     But first of all surely it is because we want to make those homes secure for our loved ones, and no sacrifice is too great in such a cause.
     Secondly, we want to put an end to tyranny and oppression - the trampling of the weak by the strong and warlike.
     Thirdly and most important of all, we want to carry on the battle which Jesus began.  Never was Christianity so menaced as in the last 20 years when all sorts of so called ideals were set up in the place of Christianity and the right to think and speak and act freely denied to thousands of freedom loving people.

     We want to see a world won for Christ and no sacrifice is too great in such a cause.

     On Saturday our Lord's Body lay in the grave but He was not there.  He was not dead, nor gone for ever.  He was not in the rock-hewn tomb in the garden of Joseph of Arimathaea.  He was helping others.  He went and taught the spirits - the people who had passed on before Him.  They then were living even as our comrades are living, though in the sight of the world they seemed to die. Our comrades are not dead.  Their bodies are lying in obscure graves it is true - obscure at any rate so far as their loved ones are concerned but they are alive for evermore. "Dust thou art to dust returned was not spoken of the soul."

     In God's providence we cannot see them or hear them, but they may hear and see us even now as we remember them.  And when you go home and see their loved ones and tell them how they died that is the way I want you who are Christians to look at it.  You must think of them as living.  Look forward to the Resurrection when as Christ rose, triumphant and glorified, so too shall they and we.

     I know that whatever sacrifices you may be called upon to make before the war ends you will make them in the same spirit as they did.  You will never let them down. You will keep up the spirit and the good name of the 8th (Belfast) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, part of the Royal Regiment of Artillery - whose motto is "Where right and glory lead."  Your Regiment of which you may be justly proud.  But that is not quite enough.  When the war ends and you go back unless you keep up that spirit of comradeship and self sacrificing service you will be letting them down.  They died to make the world a better place - see to it that you do your best to carry on that ideal, and then you will really be paying tribute to their memory.

Opening Sentence.
Short Morning Prayer.
Psalm:  23. Army Prayer Book page 3  -  "The Lord is my Shepherd".
(Army Prayer Book India page 11).

The Lord is my shepherd; therefore can I lack nothing.
He shall feed me in a green pasture: and lead me forth beside the waters of comfort.
He shall convert my soul: and bring me forth in the paths of righteousness, for his Name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me.
Thou shalt prepare a table before me against them that trouble me: thou hast anointed my head with oil, and my cup shall be full.
But thy loving kindness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

Lesson:  Ecclesiasticus 44, Verses 1 - 15. Read by Brigadier L. A. Harris, D.S.O., M.C., C.C.R.A., 15 Indian Corps.

Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us,
The Lord hath wrought great glory by them through his great power from the beginning.
Such as did bear rule in their kingdoms, men renowned for their power, giving counsel by their understanding, and declaring prophecies:
Leaders of the people by their counsels, and by their knowledge of learning meet for the people, wise and eloquent in their instructions:
Such as found out musical tunes, and recited verses in writing:
Rich men furnished with ability, living peaceably in their habitations;
All these were honoured in their generations, and were the glory of their times.
There be of them, that have left a name behind them, that their praises might be reported.
And some there be, which have no memorial; who are perished, as though they had never been; and are become as though they had never been born, and their children after them.
But these were merciful men, whose righteousness hath not been forgotten.
With their seed shall continually remain a good inheritance, and their children are within the covenant.
Their seed standeth fast, and their children for their sakes.
Their seed shall remain for ever, and their glory shall not be blotted out.
Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for evermore.
The people will tell of their wisdom, and the congregation will show forth their praise.

C.C.R.A. Address :

     I am very conscious of the great honour that the 8th (Belfast) H.A.A. Regiment have shewn me in asking me to unveil this memorial to those of your comrade-in-arms who have fought and won their last battle with us in Arakan.

     Your Regiment's record in this, the greatest of all wars, is indeed a magnificent one.  You have fought with distinction in three widely separated areas ... France, Great Britain and Burma.  You have remained throughout and still remain a corporate body of free God-fearing men who, fully conscious of all that is at stake, have never hesitated to face the dangers of war together.

     No finer, nor more fitting, place than this little, battle-torn Church of Akyab could have been chosen by you in which to place this memorial.  This Church is one of the first to be retaken in all Burma and the present state of the restored fabric bears witness to many hours of devoted service to God on the part of many of you.

     We deeply mourn our comrades whose names are on this memorial, but you and I know that they are the victors and that their supreme sacrifice has not been in vain.  We who remain will continue the fight assured of God's blessing and strengthened by the love we bear these men.

Reading of Memorial

Last Post

One Minute's Silence.

Reveille.

Short Prayers.

   1. For faithful service, and strength to dedicate ourselves to God's cause.

   2. For all who are suffering through the war.

   3. For peace, goodwill and understanding among the nations of the world, and the establishment of God's Kingdom on earth.

   4. For loved ones, remembering the loved ones of our fallen comrades.

   5. Dedication of ourselves to the service of God.

Hymn:  Army Prayer Book No. 84  -  "O God Our Help".
(Army Prayer Book India No. 102).

Our God, our help in ages past,
Our hopes for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

Beneath the shadow of Thy Throne
Thy Saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine Arm alone,
And our defence is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.

Our God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.

National Anthem.

Blessing.

 


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Anti British Propaganda Leaflet
Distributed by the Pro-Japanese Indian National Army


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Daily Routine Orders 8th (Belfast) A.A. Regiment, R.A. (S.R.)
Tuesday 29 January 1946
Daily Order - Part 1
by
Lieut-Colonel W. L. Newell, D.S.O., R.A.
Commanding 8th (Belfast) A.A. Regiment, R.A. (S.R.)
Coventry, Tuesday 29th January 1946, Serial No. 6
6. Complimentary
The Commanding Officer wishes to compliment Major R. H. Reade, M.C., R.A., 1459266 WS/Sgt. Watson S. (22Byt) and 1457330 Gnr. Lennon J. (22Bty) on their excellent performance under trying conditions in the Group Cross-Country Meeting. He considers this reflects a very high Regimental Spirit.

7. Certificates of Good Service
Extracts of A.A. Command Officers, warrant officers and other ranks, where names have been brought to the notice of the General Officer. Commanding-in-Chief, Anti-Aircraft Command, have been awarded by him Certificates to signify his appreciation of the service they have rendered.

Instructions have been given that a note of their devotion to duty shall be made in their Records of Service.

T/Major W. N. Brann, R.A. (87450.
1465510 Sjt. Houston, L. (22Bty).
Adjt 8 (Belfast) A.A. Regt., R.A. (S.R.) Capt., R.A.

Blessing.
BCM


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ORDERS
by
Lieutenant J. G. Cunningham, R.A.
Commanding
"A" Troop, 22nd Anti-Aircraft Battery, R.A.

No. 12                                                                                               Orangefield   8.9.39

1.    DUTIES FOR SATURDAY   9.9.39

Troop Orderly Officer
Trop on Duty
Troop Orderly Sergt.
Gun Park Guard Commander
House Guard Commander
Gun Park Guard
House Guard
Attending House Guard
Attending Gun Park Guard
Attending Troop on Landing?

T.S.M. Shapcott, M.
"C" Troop
L/Sergt. Stewart, L.
Bombdr. Kalloway, F.
L/Bdr. Harte, G. V.
Gnrs. Waugh, A., McNulty, D., Goodwin, B.
Gnrs. Swarm, J., McDonald, E., Wylie, J.
Gnr. McMillan, S.
Gnr. Brennan, J.
Gnrs. Lusty, W. A., Quate, ? W. R.
2.   PARADES FOR SATURDAY  9 9 39

6.00 am
7.00 am
7.15 am
7.30 am
8.30 am
8.45 am
9.00 am

8.30 am
12.30 pm
1.00 pm
1.10 pm
2.00 pm
3.30 pm
4.30 pm
6 or 8.0 pm
10.0 pm
10.15 pm

 

Reveille
Physical Training
"C" Troop and Band - Breakfast
"HQ" and Lewis Gunners - Breakfast
Sick Parade
Troop Parade
"C" Troop - Passive Air Defence
"HQ" Troop - Working Parties as detailed
Lewis Gunners - Lewis Gun Practice
"C" Troop and Band - Dinner
"HQ" Troop and Lewis Gunners 
Band Parade - Uniform and Instruments
Recreational Training
Guard Mounting
Tea
Supper
Roll Call
Lights Out

     3.  URINALS

     A urinal has been erected near the Latrines.
     Full use should be made of this facility.

          SIGNED  J. R. Elliott
               2nd Lieutenant R.A.


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ARMOURY LIST
July 1944
donated by Herbert Coulter

 Revolvers .38

B/6969
M/4973
M/8747
B/250
V/104693
M/4352
J/3102
M/5003
938205
A/584
M/5067
B/3582
A/8480
M/4494
61622
4795
4856
R.S.M. Simmonds
Gnr. Thomas
Capt. Kinahan
Capr. Gantley
Gnr. Rae
Lt. Hales

Gnr. Smith
Gnr. Reid
Sgt. Horsfield
L/Bdr. Holt
Lt. (Q.M.) Busby

Lt.-Col. Cunningham
Capt. Quinlan
S/Sgt/ Nankivell
Sgt. Laeton
Revolvers .45
2012
77640

Sgt. Coulter
Rifles .303
25827
12467
8205
75456
4719
8793
944
3001
3711
2158
82197
7764
80196
299497
343309
25682
537231
13347
29256
Gnr. Buffett
        Morrow
        Hinder
        Avner
L/Bdr. Montgomery
Gnr. Griggs
        Ball
Bdr. Munn
Gnr. Maxted
L/Bdr. Mearns
Gnr. McCoubrey
L/Bdr. Stranex
Gnr. Hilditch
Gnr. Condon
        Fraser
        Huck
Cpl. Ellis
Gnr. Lawton
Sm. Narr or Marr or Barr
C.M.Ts.
84592
446139
176086
145057
80743
724080
Gnr. Baker
         Brownridge
Capt. Kinahan
Gnr. Hammond
Gnr. Brown
         Early


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Congratulation on your Day of Independence
donated by Herbert Coulter
"Our Air Force will not Bomb on 26th"
Remember January 26th!
It is your Day of Independence.  It is a day when you should remember India's struggling past and resolve to fight for INDEPENDENCE.  Now, the final Battle for INDIAN INDEPENDENCE is on.  Dear Indian brethren, FIGHT TO THE LAST.  The Nippon Army celebrates your Day of Independence and requests that you should resolve to carry on your fight fiercely to get Independence.   We have the greatest regard for your Movement, and we are going to refrain from bombing on that day to help your Movement.
CONTINUE YOUR FIGHT WITH GREAT VIGOUR!
DRIVE THE ANGLO-AMERICANS OUT OF INDIA!
Then you can achieve your glorious Independence!, Commanding Officer of the Nippon Army.



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Liquor Bequeaths
donated by Herbert Coulter
This is to CERTIFY that I the undersigned do hereby bequeath all the liquor otherwise known as beer which I have the right to purchase on this day from the canteen, to him who is known as Sergeant Coulter of the R.H.Q. of the 8th (Belfast) H.A.A. Regiment. Given under my hand this day the 15th August 1943 so what me bob.

sd. Gunner (?) Avner S. 1777133

This is to certify that me otherwise known as Ration Clerk (Starver) Huck Late of Battersea in the County of London relinquishes all right to the bottles of beer standing in my name in the jolly old canteen. And Sergeant Coulter can do as he jolly well likes with the beer.

Gunner (Starver) Huck

This is to CRTUFY THAT Gunner Doyle late of the Quartermaster's office and now having a quiet time in the Telephone office of the 8th (Belfast) H.A.A. Regiment. wishes Sergeant T. Coulter to drink my beer provided he pays for it.

Gunner (alleged Signalman) Doyle.

on back...

Sgt. Coulter can have my 3 bottles of beer.     J. Millar


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WELCOME TO BOMBAY
donated by Herbert Coulter

Bombay's citizens are very anxious that you enjoy yourselves, so that when you move on you will have the happiest memories of their city, but please remember that the European population of Bombay, and indeed the whole of India, is comparatively small and that though Indians of all classes are helping us in every way to welcome you, entertainment in European houses is not possible on the same scale as in places where the population is mainly European.

THE GATEWAY OF INDIA

 

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The bracketed letter and number (e.g., A-11) refer to approximate location of respective place as indicated on map.

Canteens, Institutes, etc.
1. Baptist Church Hall (A.11), Near Colaba Post Office: Reading, Writing, Indoor Games, Soft Drinks. Open 6-30 p.m. to 10 p.m. (except Sundays)
2. Cama Memorial Hall (D.7), Apollo Street, Opp. R.I.N. Dockyard Gates: All-India Gramophone Society - classical music recital, free to servicemen, every Sunday, 8-30 to 10-30 p.m.
3. Green's Canteen (D.8), Opp. Gateway of India: Open 10 a.m. to 9-30 p.m. Reading and Writing Room, Dance Monday fortnightly 6-30 to 8-30 p.m. Apply to Hospitality Committee for free tickets
4. Jehangir Building (D-7), (Ground and 1st Floors), Esplanade Road, Opp. Clock Tower: Open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Dinner and light refreshments.
5. Minden Fleet Club (B-8), Queen's Road, Opp. Cooperage Football Ground (Men of R.N. only), Open 10-30 a.m. to 10-30 p.m. daily. Billiards, Library, Restaurant, Bar; Whist Drive Mon.; Dance Wed. 8 p.m.
6. Salvation Army, Red Shield Hostel (D-9), Corner of Ormiston and Merewether Roads (near Taj Mahal Hotel): Rest, Reading, Writing, Games, Refreshments. Open daily till 10 p.m.
7. Scots Kirk Hall (D-4), Waudby Road: Reading and Writing, Indoor Games, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (except Sundays)
8. Seamen's Institute (E-5), Nicol Road, Ballard Estate (Sailors and Merchant Seamen only): Dance and Social every Friday 7-30 to 9-30 p.m.
9. Services Bath-Canteen (F-6), Ballard Pier: Open from 7a.m. to 6.30 p.m. daily. Reading, Writing, Wash, Brush-up, Free Showers, Soap, Towel
10. Shandy Tavern (D-7), Duncan Stratton Bldg., Old Custom House Road: Reading, Writing, Refreshments, Billiards, etc. Open 9-30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
11. Sir Alwyn Ezra Rest Room (C-7), Esplanade Mansions, Esplanade Road: Library, Reading, Writing, Refreshments. Open daily 9 a.m. to 8.3- p.m. daily
12. Sir Alwyn Ezra Services Canteen (E-6), Town Hall, Elphinstone Circle: Open all day. Lunch and Teas. Indoor Games, Billiards, Reading, Writing, Barber, Bootmaker. Dance Tues. and Thurs. 7 to 9 p.m. Variety Show every Wed. 7.30 p.m. Music Fri. 3 to 5 p.m.
13. Wesley House Institute (C-8), Opp. Electric House: Reading, Writing, Indoor Games. No refreshments. Special Welcome on Wed. and Sun. Welcome to West Countrymen, 2nd and 4th Tues. 7 p.m.
14. Y.M.C.A. (C-8), Wodehouse Road: Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Canteen, Reading, Writing, Billiards, Hostel. Free Whist Drive Thurs. 7 p.m. Dance (Ticket Rs. 1-2) Mon. and Wed. 7 to 9 p.m. Brains Trust Meeting Tues. 7.30 p.m. Orchestral Concert Sun. 11.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
SERVICE ORGANISATIONS
15. Boy Scouts Association (C-3), H.Q. Esplanade Maidan, 300 yards South of Metro Cinema: Special Meeting for Old scouts in Services Thurs. 7.30 p.m. (Canteen)
16. Freemasonry (D-4: see star on map): H.Q. Masonic Hall, Ravelin Street, Fort: generally meet nightly at 7 p.m.
17. Model Engineers, Bombay Society of (D-5: see star on map), Rooms 23-24, 3rd Floor, Noble Chambers, Parsi Bazaar Street, Fort: Open Tues. and Thurs. 5.45 to 7.45 p.m., Sat. 3 to 8 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
18. Rotary Club of Bombay (D-8): Tuesday 1.30 p.m. at Green's
CHURCHES ETC.
Afghan Memorial (C. of E.), Colaba (E-11)
Armenian Church, St. Peter's, Meadows Street (D-7)
Bombay Baptist Church, Colaba (A-11)
Bowen Methodist Episcopal Church, Lansdowne Road (D-8)
Christian Science Society, 31 Murzban Road (D-5)
Church of Scotland, Apollo Street (D-7)
Harbour Mission Church of St. Nicholas attached to Seamen's Institute (E-5)
Holy Name Church (R.C.), Wodehouse Road (C-8)
DO NOT GIVE ALMS TO BEGGARS, SOME OF THEM ARE DISEASED
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CHURCHES, ETC. - (contd.)
Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Forbes Street, Fort (D-7)
Methodist (Garrison Church), Colaba Causeway, opposite Electric House (C-8)
St. Thomas Cathedral (C. of E.), Churchgate Street (D-6)
CINEMAS
*Capitol
(D-4) - near Victoria Terminus Station
*Empire (D-4)               "                 "
*Excelsior (D-4)            "                 "
Eros (C-6) near Churchgate Station
Garrison (C-12) Colaba Barracks
*Metro (C-3) Dhobi Talao
*Regal (D-8) near Museum
Strand (C-10) Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba
*Sailors and Soldiers in uniform are admitted at concession rates from Mondays to Fridays
COMFORTS
Free mending, patching and darning (of clean clothes only) is offered at the Sir Alwyn Ezra Services Canteen, St. John's Institute Workroom, Colaba (E-11), Bishop's Lodge, Malabar Hill, and Worli Camp. Also comforts and clothing for sale at cost price.
CURIOS
Before purchasing curios see those exhibited in the Canteen at Jehangir Building. This will give you an idea of the correct prices, so that if you decide to go to the bazaar you will know what to pay; otherwise you may be badly stung.
MONEY
The Rupee, a silver coin about the size of a florin, is worth approximately 1/6d. sterling.  There are sixteen annas, a scalloped nickel coin half as inch in diameter, in the rupee.  Roughly speaking, the anna may be considered equal to 1 pence sterling. Don't accept a rupee coin with Queen Victoria or Kind Edward's face on it.
Always test your rupees by ringing them on a hard surface when they should give a high clear tone.
PLACES TO SEE
If you are in Bombay for a few hours, visit the following places:-
                      Name                                                          Location                  Bus Routes
*Crawford Market and Bazaar (D-2)                               Hornby Road           A, D, F, H, N.
Hanging Gardens (from where you get a first rate view)     Malabar Hill             B, E, H, P.
Prince of Wales Museum (D-7)                                        Esplanade Road       A, B, C, D, E, H.
*Victoria Gardens and Zoo                                              Byculla                     A.
Should you wish to visit anything which is not specified here, communicate with the Hospitality Committee.
*Out of Bounds. Permission may be obtained from the Provost Marshal
SAFETY
Avoid: exposure of your head to sun before 5 p.m.; eating over-ripe fruit or fruits not protected by skin; drinking water from a street fountain; walking barefooted; drinking intoxicating drinks during the day, especially spirits; soft drinks from marble stoppered bottles; shouting or bullying; patronizing beggars, mendicants, fortune tellers and curio dealers; fraternising with low class people.
SIGHTSEEING
Juhu: A palm studded beach - good for bathing. Connecting railway station on the B.B. & C.I. Railway is Santa Cruz, where there is a regular bus service to Juhu
SWIMMING BATHS
Back Bay Bath (B-8)    Back Bay Reclamation
Breach Candy              (Europeans only) Warden Road
Golwala Bath (B-8)      Back Bay Reclamation
It is dangerous to swim in the sea during the months June to September
TRANSPORT
Bus fares are about one anna per journey of 2 miles
Gharries: Six annas a mile, with minimum of 6 annas.  It is better to arrange with driver an inclusive rate to destination. (See fare book with driver for fuller details re. fares between certain places)  Maximum number a gharry may carry is 3 persons
Taxi Fares: Ten annas a mile. Taximeter registers at the rate of 6 annas per mile and therefore must be increased proportionately. (See card carried by taxi drivers)
For any further information please apply to the Hospitality Committee Office at the Brabourne Stadium
(Issued under the authority of the Hospitality Committee, H.Q. Brabourne Stadium, Bombay - Tel 23937)
* May be verified between 0800 and 1900 hrs.


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RHQ
8th (Belfast) Hy AA Regt. R.A.
BURMA
XMAS DAY 1944 PROGRAMME
Coffee and Rum (?) - In bed - Perhaps 
Reveille
Breakfast
Shooting Contest
Dart Competition
Tiffin - "Cumangitit"
Darts - Continued
Dinner (The Gunners Guzzle)
0700
0700
0730
0830
1030
1300
1330
1645

MENU
DUCK A LA ROAST
POMMES DE TERRE ROTIES
YORKSHIRE PUDDING (A LA CUMMINGS)
PETITE POIDS
CREAMED CARROTS
TRIFLE
PRESERVED FRUIT
XMAS PUDDING (YOU CAN KEEP ......)
CORN FLOUR SAUCE
TEA (GARUM CHA)
CAFE AU LAIT
ASSORTED CAKES (GATEAUX CUMMINGS)

CONCERT - IMPROMPTU - SORT OF  ............. 
Opening Choras
Gnr. McQuitty
Sgmn. Barr - The Rev. James
Lucky Dip
Gnr. McQuitty - "Mac" to you
Lucky Dip    AGAIN?
"I WANT TO BE AN ACTOR?"   Says Who
BRAINS TRUST     Officers & Sgts. v? ? ? ?
MELLOW DRAMA  -  MELLOW?  Its TOTTEN
Prize Giving    Who's Lucky?
COMMUNITY SINGING  -  Let's Raise the Sky
ACCOMPANIST

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Lt. Hales

By King Permission of
"BIG JIMMY"
(Lieut.-Colonel J. G. Cunningham, B.A.

IF YOU'VE BEEN DREAMING OF A "WHITE CHRISTMAS"

YOU'VE HAD IT !!

8th Belfast HAA Regiment R.A. (S.R.)
Old Comrades Association - Reunion Dinner
Friday, 14th March, 1947
signed by :- J. Graham, Green/Greer? Mawhinney, S. Larmour, Hazel, James Joyce, A. Henderson Doherty, R. J. Mc Tighe M.D. Beattie
supplied by Marion Johnston, daughter of Henry (Harry) Tumelty  
(photo 1)  (photo 2)



above images sent to me by William Clarke Harbinson's son David, thank you    see also 2 lovely regt. photos here