The Anonymous Widower

Echoes of Orde Wingate

In The Times today, there is an obituary of Major-General David Tyacke.  The first two paragraphs talk about how he worked for Orde Wingate.

David Tyacke was the last officer on the staff of the Chindit HQ at Sylhet in Assam to see General Orde Wingate on the morning he left to fly to “Broadway” and “White City”, the jungle bases of 77 and 111 Brigades attacking the Japanese lines of communication in Burma.

Writing in old age, Tyacke described how, when Wingate’s aircraft was first reported overdue, a strange euphoria spread among the HQ staff as they realised that the general would not be keeping them on tenterhooks that evening. But it was soon replaced by a grim foreboding that their eccentric but visionary leader was dead.

Somewhere my father must have met Wingate, or perhaps someone he knew had served with him.  But he was one of my father’s heroes.

I have read quite a bit about Wingate and feel that although some of his views were questionable, on the whole his was the right sort of thinking in difficult times.  Wingate definitely was not a conservative thinker.  The trouble today is that we have far too many of those.

March 10, 2010 - Posted by | News | , , , ,

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