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Macgregor Medal
awarded to 5990 Lance-Naik Sein U
2nd Burma Rifles

  Havildar Sein U wearing the Magregor Medal

Macgregor Medal awarded 1944:

The Silver Medal is awarded to Lance-Naik Sein U who, in December 1942, formed part of a patrol which entered Burma prior to the entry of the 1943 Wingate expedition
(1st Chindit expedition). The patrol traversed more than 100 miles of difficult jungle country avoiding enemy patrols. As a result of knowledge gained he was able, a month later, to guide a column of the Wingate expedition into the heart of enemy-occupied country.

The Macgregor Medal awarded to Sein U
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Sein U's medals

Sein U wearing the Macgregor Medal
The Medal in its case
Sein U being presented with the Macgregor Medal

Lance-Naik Sein U's certificate
Mentioned in Despatches 16 December 1943
Letter informing Lance-Naik Sein U that he was to be M.I.D. "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Burma and North-East India"

Sein U was discharged from the army in 1949

Letter written by Sein U asking for assistance:


I hereby humbly request your kind consideration for the provision of allowance or provident fund that granted from England to those concerned. I joined the British Army in 4th Burma Rifle with effect from 4.4.1937 and again served in 2nd Burma Rifle in 1939. Subsequently I became a Lance Corporal and then promoted to Corporal. I had been in the service in the Army until Burma gained independence.

I served in the British Army from the year 1942 to 1945 in India and I received the medal Macgregor in the battle fought in 1945. I had to attend the dinner given and honoured by His Majesty the King from April 1946 until the month of August.
Now I am old and my age is eighty years and I have been suffering from stroke or paralysis and my health has been deteriorating and am facing with lack of food, clothing and shelter problems. Therefore please be kind enough and do me a favour. I hope any request will be under your kind consideration for any application put up.

Your respectfully

Reg. No. 50201
Name: Sein U
Date of Birth: 4.5.1918
Religion: Christian
National: Kayin

Sein U died 24th April 2001, not long after writing this letter.