Thinking of home..
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