Current Committee Members
Field Marshal Sir John Chapple GCB, CBE, DL.
A former Chief of the General Staff, Field Marshal Sir John Chapple was Colonel of the 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles), Honorary Colonel of the Oxford University Officers Training Corps, and served as Governor and Commander in Chief of Gibraltar. He has been President of the Society since 1991.
Brigadier John P. Randle OBE, MC.
Brigadier Randle was commissioned into the 10th Baluch Regiment in 1941 and served with them throughout the Burma Campaign. After the war he transferred to the Devonshire Regiment, later the Devonshire and Dorsetshire Regiment and became Deputy Colonel, and later Acting Colonel of the Regiment. On retirement he was Regimental Secretary for nine years.
Squadron Leader (Retd) Rana T.S. Chhina MBE.
Rana TS Chhina served in the Indian Air Force as a helicopter pilot and is a recipient of the Macgregor Medal for best military reconnaissance in 1986. He is currently Secretary and Editor of the United Service Institution of India Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research, a member of the IAF Aerospace Museum Apex Steering Committee and the Government of India's Archival Advisory Board, as well as the joint USI-MEA Steering Committee responsible for coordinating international and national commemoration of India's participation in the First World War in connection with the centenary of the conflict. He was apponited an Honorary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in November 2016.
Tony McClenaghan BEM.
Initially Secretary/Editor and now Secretary/Treasurer of the Society since the mid-1980s. He has written two books on the military history of the Indian Princely States, one co-authored with the late Richard Head, and has written articles on the same subject, not only for Durbar
but also for other journals. He lectures widely on the subject. His next book (Helion & Company Ltd (2018), will cover the contribution of the Indian Princely States to the First World War.
Barry is a foreign correspondent and military historian who has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Chechnya and southern Africa. His publications include: Wings of Empire: The Forgotten Wars of the Royal Air Force 1919-1939; Forgotten Regiments: Regular and Volunteer Units of the British Far East; and co-author of British Colonial Badges.
Chris served in the British Army and developed his interest in the Indian Army through contacts he made with units in Assam during the early 1960s. He later worked in the travel industry, is a past Chairman of the Victoria Military Society and, as will be seen from the BOOKS page, is the author of a number of books, including authoritative Orders of Battle of the pre-independence Indian Army.
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