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Battle of Kohima memorial

His Royal Highness the Duke of York will join veterans of the Battle of Kohima in York today for their annual memorial service and wreath-laying at York Minster.

The service commemorates the battle of Kohima in North East India which was fought from 4 April to 22 June 1944.

Nearly 4,000 British and Indian soldiers lost their lives when Allied Forces halted the advance of the Japanese army in Asia. This battle was ultimately to prove to be the turning point of the Burma Campaign.

The service will be conducted by the Rev Jonathan Gough, the Deputy Assistant Chaplain General, 15 (North East) Brigade. Following the service, the Duke will meet the surviving veterans and their families before joining them in Dean's Gardens for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kohima Memorial.