IMPHAL, May 20 � In his maiden visit to Manipur, the new British Deputy High Commissioner to Eastern India Scott Furssedonn-Wood will be attending the 70th Anniversary Commemoration of Battle of Imphal (WWII).
During his stay in Imphal, he will be attending the Memorial Service at Imphal War Cemetery and the closing ceremony of the Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary Battle of Imphal which is scheduled to be held on June 28 next.
Scott Furssedonn assumed charge as the British Deputy High Commissioner for Eastern India in October last year. Before being posted to Kolkata he was based in the United States. From 2008 until 2013 he served at the British Embassy in Washington DC, first as Head of Strategic Threats, working on counter-terrorism and counter-proliferation issues; and then as Head of the Political Section, where he was responsible for coverage of the 2012 Presidential election, a role which took him to 47 of the 50 States.
Joining Furssedonn-Wood will be Lt Col Simon Colyer, Military Adviser, British High Commission, New Delhi.
The 70th Anniversary Battle of Imphal (WWII) is being organized by Manipur Tourism Forum and 2nd World War Imphal Campaign Foundation with the support of Government of Manipur. Chief Minister of Manipur O Ibobi Singh was the Chief Patron of the Organising Committee.
On Monday, the 'Battle of Torbung', a fierce battle fought during the World War-II was commemorated today at Tollen Village, Torbung, Churachandpur district with two surviving WW-II veterans, Khakhai Kuki (92) of 1st Assam Regiment and Kaijakap Kuki (91) of 2nd Assam Regiment attending the commemorative function as the special guests.The function was organised as part of the three-month long observance of the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Imphal WW-II by the Manipur Tourism Forum and World War-II Imphal Campaign Foundation.The two surviving war veterans also narrated about their personal accounts of the battles they took part in various places of Burma (Myanmar).