7th Hussars

Sergeant George Burns

One of the men still serving in the regiment in the 50s was Sergeant George Burns who was with the regiment at the beginning of the war but was sent to work for the Special Service Detachment in Thailand and Burma instructing Chinese guerillas in demolition work and operating with them in attacks on Japanese. In the general retreat he walked 500 miles across eight mountain ranges, from Thailand to Kunming. After that he rejoined the 7th as a tank driver and was wounded in the Italian campaign. He was photographed here at Tidworth in 1957 at a parade where he received a medal from the Queen Mother.

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by Stephen Luscombe