Bravery can so often result from extreme cruelty; and there was more than enough cruelty in those fields of conflict of which you write.
Men such as Major Seagrim must remain an inspiration; thanks to you and your painstaking research. The manner of his death, and those who caused it, have long been consigned to infamy and conveniently forgotten for the sake of international harmony. We may forgive, but we must never forget, or their sacrifice will have been in vain.
Major Hugh Paul Seagrim
For all the heroes that became famous, there are just as many that did heroic deeds which, for them, was their duty. One of them, British Major Hugh Paul Seagrim, dedicated his life to resisting Japanese forces when they invaded Burma.
Seagrim was born in Hampshire, England in 1909. He was schooled at Norwich and then joined the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. In 1929 he obtained a commission in the British Indian army. He was sent to Burma and before long was accepted by the Karens, forming close friendships.
Burma, now called Myanmar, is situated west of Laos and Thailand in Southeast Asia. It was a colony of Great Britain from 1886 until 1948. The different major ethnic groups living in Myanmar are Burmans, Karen, Shan, Chinese, Mon, and Indian.
Most Indonesian countries regarded the British as haughty foreigners…
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