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Donington Burma veteran (93) flew thousands of miles to an international Remembrance service




War veteran Bryan Robinson (93) flew more than 5,500 miles to lay a wreath at an international service of remembrance in Myanmar, formerly Burma.

Bryan, from Donington, represented The Burma Star Association and also the RAF, in which he served as a corporal during World War 2.

The service took place at the Taukkyan War Cemetery, about 25kms north of Yangon, formerly Rangoon.

Bryan Robinson (centre) in The Royal British Legion group after the wreath laying at the Taukkyan War Cemetery. (5539295)
Bryan Robinson (centre) in The Royal British Legion group after the wreath laying at the Taukkyan War Cemetery. (5539295)

Bryan was one of only two British WW2 veterans who made the 10-day trip, which included poignant visits to other war cemeteries, The Burma Death Railway Museum and the Sittang Bridge, the site of huge Allied losses, where the veterans put wreaths in the river.

Bryan said: “Considering there were only two veterans who went, it just shows we are getting short in numbers.

“I am a life member of The Royal Air Forces Association and of The Burma Star Association.”

It was a proud and moving moment not only for Bryan but for his daughter,Jane, and son-in-law Richard Pearson as the vets played their part in the international service after ambassadors from several countries had given addresses and laid their wreaths.

Bryan said: “It brought it back to us what we went through.”

Bryan Robinson aged 19 in Bombay. (5539643)
Bryan Robinson aged 19 in Bombay. (5539643)

The British Ambassador to Myanmar, Dan Chugg afterwards hosted a brunch, which Bryan and his family attended.

Bryan served in Burma from 1944-46 before being sent to Shanghai and then Hong Kong until he came home in 1947.

WW2 veteran Bryan Robinson. (5524259)
WW2 veteran Bryan Robinson. (5524259)

Retired farmer Bryan was awarded the MBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List for his 40 years’ service with Donington Parish Council.

Bryan has previously featured in our newspapers, when he spoke about his memories of WW2.


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