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Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

On the 70th an­niver­sary of VJ day, a Ruther­glen woman has shared letters from her fa­ther, a war hero who was based through­out Asia dur­ing the time of the con­flict.

VJ is the day Ja­pan sur­ren­dered in the Sec­ond World War, in ef­fect end­ing the con­flict. The ini­tial an­nounce­ment was made on Au­gust 15, 1945.

Dorothy Con­nor’s dad, Jack Con­nor, who served in In­dia and Burma, was a hos­pi­tal engi­neer at the South­ern Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal when he was called up in 1941, go­ing on to serve in the 17th In­dian Di­vi­sion.

Af­ter four years of fe­ro­cious fight­ing, he was awarded the Burma Star, the 1939-1945 Star and the De­fence Medal.

Dur­ing his letters, which are ad­dressed to his sis­ter Cathie, Jack of­ten makes ref­er­ences to Ruther­glen and even talks of re­ceiv­ing some Re­form­ers from friends in the post.

On Au­gust 1943, Jack talks about get­ting his first sight of In­dia.

And in Oc­to­ber of that year, he talks about meet­ing five other “Ruther­glen lads” who had moved with their unit into the same area as Jack.

The fol­low­ing year he men­tions that the re-oc­cu­pa­tion of Burma, as well as Ja­panese-held ter­ri­tory, had be­gun.

He men­tions that the in­va­sion of the con­ti­nent by the al­lied forces had boosted morale “1000 per cent” among his unit.

On Jan­uary 4, 1945, he tells of how he brought in the new year while serv­ing in Asia:

“Here I pen my first let­ter of ‘1945’ to you. We had quite a ri­otous Xmas, al­most ev­ery­one was ‘blind’ for about three days. New Year, how­ever, was much dif­fer­ent as we had an enor­mous amount of un­ex­pected work to do so we had no hol­i­day.

“Nev­er­the­less, most Scots boys, like my­self, stayed up well af­ter twelve and

Com­rades Ruther­glen war hero Jack Con­nor (mid­dle) with his com­rades

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