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Valour at Kohima: The story of the two Victoria Cross recipients at the Battle of Kohima 1944

01:19:00

May 5, 2021 07:23 PM

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Dr Robert Lyman
Trustee @Kohima Educational Trust
Born in New Zealand in January 1963 and educated in Australia, Robert Lyman was, for twenty years, an officer in the British Army. Educated at Scotch College, Melbourne he was commissioned into the Light Infantry from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in April 1982. In addition to a business career he is an author and military historian, publishing books in particular on the war in the Far East. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Robert is married to Hannah, has two sons, and lives in Berkshire. For information about Robert's publications please visit his website: https://robertlyman.com/
Stephen Snelling
Author and Journalist
Steve is a freelance writer from Norwich, England, with a passion for military and local history. Born and raised in Norwich, he has been a writer and journalist all his adult life. He worked with Eastern Counties Newspapers (now renamed and rebranded Archant) eventually leaving, in 2010, as assistant editor, to concentrate on writing books while working as a freelance journalist. Steve's knowledge of the Victoria Cross awards (both First and Second World Wars) is extensive and he has an in-depth knowledge of the two VCs awarded at the Battle of Kohima in 1944.
Sylvia May
Chief Executive Officer @Kohima Educational Trust
Sylvia May was born in New Jersey, USA in 1957. Her parents moved to England in 1963. Educated at High Wycombe School for Girls, she decided to pursue a career in the world of books. Sylvia worked for HarperCollins for 37 years, the last eleven of which she headed up their UK-based International Sales team. Sylvia May is the daughter of the late Gordon Graham, Founder and President of the Kohima Educational Trust. She is proud that her father has inspired many people to share his vision to commemorate those who fought and died in Kohima, and the wonderful Naga people who have done so much for the British in the past. She first visited India in 1994 with her husband Robert, and has returned on numerous occasions, staying in Kohima several times. In 2000, they followed the WWII route of the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, her father’s regiment. The regiment’s first main engagement in this theatre of war was at Zubza shortly before the Battle of Kohima.